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Physical interpretation of the equation (time derivative of Spin angular momentum)

  1. Apr 15, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    [itex]d\hat{S}/dt = γ\hat{S} \times \hat{B}[/itex]
    What is the physical interpretation of this equation i.e. what is the behavior of the magnetic moment in
    an uniform magnetic field?


    2. Relevant equations

    I dont think I need any equation for this, just intuition or vector calculus identity?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The original question asked me to derive that equation by drawing analogy with classical system.
    I said [itex]d\hat{L}/dt =\tau= d\hat{S}/dt= γ\hat{S} \times \hat{B}[/itex]
    Thats fine, but i have hard time seeig what this means to magnetic moment (gamma S)

    (plus do you guys know why it suddenly doesnt show up in latex mode?)
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2012 #2
    Re: physical interpretation of the equation (time derivative of Spin angular momentum

    Also, I know angular momentum L is not even close to being spin momentum S, but for some reason my TA said thats how you look at it. if anyone can justify this...
     
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