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Magnetism in Condensed Matter (Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics) [Paperback]

Stephen Blundell
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4 Oct 2001 Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics
An understanding of the quantum mechanical nature of magnetism has led to the development of new magnetic materials which are used as permanent magnets, sensors, and information storage. Behind these practical applications lie a range of fundamental ideas, including symmetry breaking, order parameters, excitations, frustration, and reduced dimensionality.

This superb new textbook presents a logical account of these ideas, staring from basic concepts in electromagnetsim and quantum mechanics. It outlines the origin of magnetic moments in atoms and how these moments can be affected by their local environment inside a crystal. The different types of interactions which can be present between magnetic moments are described. The final chapters of the book are devoted to the magnetic properties of metals, and to the complex behaviour which can occur when competing magnetic interactions are present and/or the system has a reduced dimensionality.

Throughout the text, the theorectical principles are applied to real systems. There is substantial discussion of experimental techniques and current reserach topics. The book is copiously illustrated and contains detailed appendices which cover the fundamental principles.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198505914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198505914
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can warmly recommend this book to anyone considering giving a course on magnetism and for those students of condensed matter physics, who have no access to such a course ... it is also very useful and enjoyable reading for those who have been working in magnetism for some time and have felt the lack of a systematic review of the subject. (Contemporary Physics)

... the reader or student obtains a very thorough and systematic background in which to place the large variety of subject matter. (Contemporary Physics)

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Dr Stephen Blundell, University of Oxford, Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU, Tel.: 01865/272347, Fax: 01865/272400, Email: s.blundell@physics.ox.ac.uk

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of Magnetism 15 Jan 2014
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I bought this book for the third year magnetism module of my physics degree. It gives a very detailed description of many magnetic phenomena and lists all the relevant equations, graphs, diagrams, etc. I find Blundell's writing to be unclear sometimes, his descriptions are possibly not the most straightforward. As long as you read supporting material alongside, this book is all that you need to learn all about magnetism and I would recommend it for people in university, it's possibly a bit advanced for college level physics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and concise 10 May 2008
By Mark
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I would recommend this book for starting graduate students and final year undergrads that want to improve their understanding of magnetism. This is an excellent book to for an experimentalist to flick through and pick out topics that you have seen in papers and not understood. For me, it is consistently clear and relevant, with enough maths to be precise, but not so much to slow the pace of reading.

Being relatively short, I would not recommend this as a reference source, but it should be more than enough for most undergraduate courses.

Most importantly, I found this book very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
By Eufemio
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The product came on time and as described on the web
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good start 21 July 2010
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I have only gone through the first 30 pages or so but until now it seems to be a pretty up-to date.
The way the author treats the subject is good, but these things can always be done better. Im happy with the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of magnetism 5 May 2004
By physics student - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an easy to read overview of the subject. It's a good book to review the fundamentals (para/dia/ferro/anti magnetism,
exchange interaction, etc.). I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the price is a bit high, and sometimes the treatments lacks depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 14 Nov 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, it combines classical and quantum approaches side by side making it a comprehensive and accessible read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the subject 27 April 2010
By Jason Francis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice book for someone new to the field, or for someone who wants to get a broad overview of some of the newer topics in magnetism. I do wish it had more of an emphasis on statistical mechanics though, since that's absolutely critical for really understanding magnetic behavior.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 13 Sep 2008
By Alexandre José Gualdi - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great. I recommend to anyone who needs a book to which summarizes various concepts of physics of condensed matter.
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