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Classical Diamagnetism

  1. Oct 28, 2007 #1
    Why diamagnetism can't occur in classical mechanics?

    Where can I know more about that?

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  3. Oct 28, 2007 #2


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    But it does! Any application of Lenz's law where a magnetic moment tries to oppose change in an applied field is essentially the classical equivalent of diamagnetism.
  4. Oct 28, 2007 #3
    What about the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem?
    Doesn't it states that there is no diamagnetism in classic mechanics?
  5. Oct 30, 2007 #4
    Bohr-van Leeuwen is a theorem ruling out magnetic ordering in classical mechanics. However, diamagnetism is a response to a magnetic field, not a type of magnetic ordering, so all is well.
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