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Elecron spin

  1. May 5, 2009 #1

    Is it possible for an electron to change the sign of its spin (under some interaction)?

    i saw that some of the calculations in the Ising model assumes that the electron is changing its spin sign if it reduce the energy of interaction with its neighbors

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  3. May 5, 2009 #2


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    The spin of the electron is always 1/2. What can change is a component of the spin along some axis. For example, the z component of the spin can change from -1/2 to 1/2 or vice versa through interactions.
  4. May 5, 2009 #3
    Thats make more sense to me , Thanks.
  5. May 5, 2009 #4
    I agree with nrged + Probability of getting 1/2 or -1/2 at the time of continuous measurement is 1/2 . I mean 50-50 :)
  6. May 5, 2009 #5


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    That'd depend entirely on the system.
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