The Magnetic Hamiltonian

  • Robert M. White
Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 32)


Most of the magnetic properties that we shall consider arise from electrons. In this chapter we shall develop the Hamiltonian which pertains to the magnetic behavior of a system of electrons. It has been found experimentally that the electron possesses an intrinsic magnetic moment, or spin. The existence of such a moment follows directly from relativistic considerations. Therefore it is essential that we look for a relativistic description of the motion of an electron. The Dirac wave equation offers just such a description. We shall limit our discussion of the Dirac equation to the origin of the spin and the form of the spin-orbit interaction (for a more thorough treatment see [2.1]).


Wave Function Matrix Element Crystal Field Orbital Angular Momentum Orbital State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. White
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  1. 1.Xerox CorporationPalo Alto Research CenterPalo AltoUSA

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