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External Magnetic Field & Electron Spin Interaction

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The Head
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Nov22-13, 05:16 PM
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In my lecture notes, there is a slide about an external field interacting with a system of electron spins. In this situation can we assume that B=B_0 ( or in other words that μ_0*M =0)? I would think so, but does a system of electron spins imply that these electrons belong to some matter configuration (are bound), or can they to be treated as unbound electrons?
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You will have to consider all that in the context of the lecture course ... there's not enough information.
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It's a Solid State Physics Course. The slide says that if you know the external field and the ratio of the number of electrons with spin parallel to anti-parallel that we can calculate the temperature when a field interacts with a set of electron spins.

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External Magnetic Field & Electron Spin Interaction

In solid state the electrons are usually bound to some sort of crystal - the solid.
You'll have done band-theory(?) so the electrons are (usually) treated as bound to a well that spans the entire crystal with the effect of unscreened lattice charges added as a perturbation.


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