Classical Theory of Paramagnetism Langevin’s theory of Para magnetism: (a) In natural conditions (in the absence of external magnetic field) Net dipole moment . diamagnets, that is the susceptibility, is according to the classical Langevin theory of describe than ferromagnetism and good theories of paramagnetism have. Langevin’s Theory of Diamagnetism, Langevin’s Theory of Paramagnetism, Langevin’s Function, Saturation value of Magnetization, Curie’s Law.

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Langevin’s Theory of Paramagnetism

In this narrowest sense, the only pure paramagnet is a dilute gas of monatomic hydrogen atoms. When a magnetic field is applied, the conduction band splits apart into a spin-up and a spin-down band due to the difference in magnetic potential energy for spin-up and spin-down electrons.

Even in the frozen solid it contains di-radical molecules resulting in paramagnetic behavior. The langvin spins reside in orbitals derived from oxygen p wave functions, but the overlap is limited to the one paramaggnetism in the O 2 molecules.

An external magnetic field causes the electrons’ spins to align parallel to the field, causing a net attraction. Constituent atoms or molecules of paramagnetic materials have permanent magnetic moments dipoleseven in the absence of an applied field.

Before Pauli’s theory, the lack of a strong Curie paramagnetism in metals was an open problem as the leading model parwmagnetism not account for this contribution without the use of quantum statistics.

In principle any system that contains atoms, ions, or molecules with unpaired spins can be called a paramagnet, but the interactions between them need to be carefully considered. In conductive materials, the electrons are delocalizedthat is, they travel through the solid more or less as free electrons.

The distances to other oxygen atoms in the lattice remain too large to lead to delocalization paraagnetism the magnetic moments remain unpaired.

Generally, strong delocalization in a solid due to large overlap with neighboring wave functions means that there will be a large Fermi velocity ; this means that the number of electrons in a band is less sensitive to shifts pagamagnetism that band’s energy, implying a weak magnetism.

Although there are usually energetic reasons why a molecular structure results such that it does not exhibit partly filled orbitals i. Since the Fermi level must be identical for both bands, this means that there will be a small surplus of the type of spin in the band that moved downwards. There are two classes of materials for which this holds:.


The quenching tendency is weakest for f-electrons because f especially 4 f orbitals are radially contracted and they overlap only weakly with orbitals on adjacent atoms. However, in some cases a band structure can result in which there are two delocalized sub-bands with states of opposite spins that have different energies.

In the case of heavier elements the diamagnetic contribution becomes more important and in the case of metallic gold it dominates the properties. Some paramagnetic materials retain spin disorder even at absolute langevimeaning they are paramagnetic in the ground statei.

Some materials show paramagnetisj magnetic behavior that follows a Curie type law but with exceptionally large values for the Curie constants. The word paramagnet now merely refers to the linear response of the system to an applied field, the temperature dependence of which requires an amended version of Curie’s law, known as the Curie—Weiss law:.

An additional complication is that the interactions are often different in different directions of the crystalline lattice anisotropyleading to complicated magnetic structures once ordered. This type of behavior is of an itinerant nature and better called Pauli-paramagnetism, but it is not unusual to see, for example, the metal aluminium called a “paramagnet”, even though interactions are strong enough to give this element very good electrical conductivity.

Moreover, the size of the magnetic moment on a lanthanide atom can be quite large as it can carry up to 7 unpaired electrons in the case of gadolinium III hence its use in MRI. The magnetic response calculated for a gas of electrons is not the full picture as the magnetic susceptibility coming from the ions has to be included.

Wikipedia articles with NDL identifiers. Ferrofluids are a good example, but the phenomenon can also occur inside solids, e. Strictly speaking Li is a mixed system therefore, although admittedly the diamagnetic component is weak and often neglected. Curie’s Law can be derived by considering a substance with noninteracting magnetic moments with angular momentum J.

For low levels of magnetization, the magnetization of paramagnets follows what is known as Curie’s lawat least approximately. In this approximation the magnetization is given as the magnetic moment of one electron times the difference in densities:. The element hydrogen is virtually never called ‘paramagnetic’ because the monatomic gas is stable only at extremely high temperature; H atoms combine to form molecular H 2 and in so doing, the magnetic moments are lost quenchedbecause of the spins pair.

This situation usually only occurs in relatively narrow d- bands, which are poorly delocalized. When the dipoles are aligned, increasing the external field will not increase the total magnetization since there can be no further alignment.


This fraction is proportional to the field strength and this explains the linear dependency. The Bohr—van Leeuwen theorem proves that there cannot be any diamagnetism or paramagnetism in a purely classical system.

In general, paramagnetic effects are quite small: Hydrogen is therefore diamagnetic and the same holds true for many other elements. They are also called mictomagnets. Pauli paramagnetism is named after the physicist Wolfgang Pauli. In the latter case the diamagnetic contribution from the closed shell inner electrons simply wins over the weak paramagnetic term of the almost free electrons. The paramagnetic response has then two possible quantum origins, either coming from permanents magnetic moments of the ions or from the spatial motion of the conduction electrons inside the material.

Concepts in physics Electric and magnetic fields in matter Quantum phases Magnetism. Materials that are called “paramagnets” are most often those that exhibit, at least over an appreciable temperature range, magnetic susceptibilities that adhere to the Curie or Curie—Weiss laws.

If one subband is preferentially filled over pzramagnetism other, one can have itinerant ferromagnetic order. Consequently, the lanthanide elements with incompletely filled 4f-orbitals are paramagnetic or magnetically ordered. In other transition metal complexes this yields a useful, if somewhat cruder, estimate.

Langevin's Theory of Paramagnetism

Thus the total magnetization drops to zero when the applied field is removed. The narrowest definition would be: However, the true origins of the alignment can only be understood via the quantum-mechanical properties of spin and angular momentum. The latter could be said about a gas of lithium atoms but these already possess two paired core electrons that produce a diamagnetic response of opposite sign. The high magnetic moments associated with lanthanides is one reason why superstrong magnets are typically based on elements like neodymium or samarium.

For these materials one contribution to the magnetic response comes from the interaction with the electron spins and the magnetic field known as Pauli paramagnetism. When a magnetic field is applied, the dipoles will tend to align with the applied field, resulting in a net magnetic moment in the direction of the applied field. Paramagnetism is due to the presence of unpaired electrons in the material, so all atoms with incompletely filled atomic orbitals are paramagnetic.