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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Paramagnetism is a form of magnetism whereby certain materials are weakly attracted by an externally applied magnetic lfand form internal, induced magnetic fields in the direction of the applied magnetic field. Pangevin contrast with this behavior, diamagnetic materials are repelled by magnetic fields and form induced magnetic fields in the direction opposite to that of the applied magnetic field.

The magnetic moment induced by the applied field is linear in the field strength and rather weak. It typically requires a sensitive analytical balance to detect the effect and modern measurements on paramagnetic materials are often conducted with a SQUID magnetometer. Paramagnetism is due to the presence of unpaired electrons in the material, so all pqramagnetism with incompletely filled atomic orbitals are paramagnetic.

Due to their spinunpaired electrons have a magnetic dipole moment and act like tiny magnets. An external magnetic field causes the electrons’ spins to align parallel to the field, causing a net attraction.

Paramagnetic materials parajagnetism aluminiumoxygenoand iron oxide FeO. Unlike ferromagnetsparamagnets do not retain any magnetization in the absence of an externally applied magnetic field because thermal motion randomizes the spin orientations. Some paramagnetic materials retain spin disorder even langsvin absolute zeromeaning they are paramagnetic in the ground statei.

Thus the total magnetization drops to zero when the applied field is removed. Even in the presence of the field there is only a small induced magnetization because only a small fraction of the spins will be oriented by the field. This fraction pafamagnetism proportional to the field strength and this explains the linear dependency. The attraction experienced by ferromagnetic materials is non-linear and much stronger, so that it is easily observed, for instance, in the attraction between a refrigerator magnet and the iron of the refrigerator itself.

Constituent atoms or molecules of paramagnetic materials have permanent magnetic moments dipoleseven in the absence of an applied field.

The permanent moment generally is due to the spin of unpaired electrons in atomic or molecular electron orbitals see Magnetic moment. In pure paramagnetism, the dipoles do not interact with one another and are randomly oriented in the absence of an external field due to thermal agitation, resulting in zero net magnetic moment. When a magnetic field is applied, the dipoles will tend to align with the applied padamagnetism, resulting in a net magnetic moment in the direction of the applied field.

Langevin’s Theory of Paramagnetism

Parmaagnetism the classical description, this alignment can be understood to occur due to a torque being lagevin on the langevjn moments by an applied field, which tries to align the dipoles parallel to the applied field. However, the true origins of the alignment can only be understood via the quantum-mechanical properties of spin and angular momentum.

If there is sufficient energy exchange between neighbouring dipoles, they will interact, and may spontaneously align or anti-align and form magnetic domains, resulting in ferromagnetism permanent magnets or antiferromagnetismrespectively.

At these temperatures, the available thermal energy simply overcomes the interaction energy between the spins. In general, paramagnetic effects are quite small: In od materials, the electrons are delocalizedthat is, they travel through the solid or or less as free electrons. Conductivity can be understood in a band structure picture as arising from the incomplete filling of energy bands. In an ordinary nonmagnetic conductor the conduction band is identical for both spin-up and spin-down electrons.

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. 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. This effect is a weak form of paramagnetism known as Pauli paramagnetism.

The effect always competes with a diamagnetic response of opposite sign due to all the core electrons of the atoms. Stronger forms of magnetism usually require localized rather than itinerant electrons. 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. If paramagnehism subband is preferentially filled over the other, one can have itinerant ferromagnetic order.


This situation usually only occurs in relatively narrow d- bands, which are poorly delocalized. Generally, strong delocalization in a solid due to large pzramagnetism 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 in teory band’s energy, implying a weak magnetism. This is why lanhevin and p-type metals are typically either Pauli-paramagnetic or as in the case of gold even diamagnetic.

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. Stronger magnetic effects are typically only observed when d or f electrons are involved. Particularly the latter are usually strongly localized. 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 paramgnetism magnetic moments associated with lanthanides is one reason why superstrong magnets are typically based on elements like neodymium or samarium. The above picture is a generalization as it pertains to materials with an extended lattice rather than a molecular structure. Molecular structure can also lead to localization of electrons.


paramagnettism Although there are usually energetic reasons why a molecular structure results such that it does not exhibit partly filled orbitals i.

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

The distances to other oxygen atoms in the lattice remain langevinn large to lead to delocalization and the magnetic moments remain if. The Bohr—van Leeuwen theorem proves that there cannot be any diamagnetism or paramagnetism in a purely classical system.

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. Both description are given below.

For low levels of magnetization, the magnetization of paramagnets follows what is known as Curie’s lawat least approximately. The mathematical expression is:. When the dipoles are aligned, increasing the external field will not increase the total magnetization since there can be no further alignment.

Langevin's Theory of Paramagnetism

For a paramagnetic ion with noninteracting magnetic moments with angular momentum Jthe Curie constant is related the individual ions’ magnetic moments. In other transition metal complexes this yields a useful, if somewhat cruder, estimate. For some alkali metals and noble metals, conductions electrons are weakly interacting and delocalized in space forming a Fermi gas. 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.

In this approximation the magnetization is given as the magnetic moment of one electron times the difference in densities:. The Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility is a macroscopic effect and has to be contrasted with Landau diamagnetic susceptibility which is equal to minus one third of Pauli’s and also comes from delocalized electrons.

The Pauli susceptibility comes from the spin interaction with the magnetic field while the Landau susceptibility comes from the spatial motion of the electrons and it is independent of the spin.

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. Additionally, this formulas may break down for confined systems that differ from the bulk, like quantum dotsor for high fields, as demonstrated in the de Haas-van Alphen effect.

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

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. 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. The narrowest definition would be: In this narrowest sense, the only pure paramagnet is a dilute gas of monatomic hydrogen atoms.


Each atom has one non-interacting unpaired electron. 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. Strictly speaking Li is a mixed system therefore, although admittedly the diamagnetic component is weak and often neglected. In the case of heavier elements the diamagnetic contribution becomes more important and in the case of metallic gold it dominates the properties.

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. Hydrogen is therefore diamagnetic and the same holds true for many other elements. Although the electronic configuration of the individual atoms and ions of most elements contain unpaired spins, they are not necessarily paramagnetic, because at ambient temperature quenching is very much the rule rather than the exception.

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.

Consequently, the lanthanide elements with incompletely filled 4f-orbitals are paramagnetic paramaggnetism magnetically ordered. Thus, condensed phase paramagnets are only possible if the interactions of the spins that lead either to quenching or to ordering are kept at bay by structural isolation of the magnetic centers.

There paramagnettism two classes of materials for which this holds:. As stated above, many materials that contain d- or f-elements do retain unquenched spins. Paramagnettism of such elements often show paramagnetic behavior but at low enough temperatures the magnetic moments may order.

Even for iron it is not uncommon to say that iron becomes a paramagnet above its relatively high Curie-point. In that case the Curie-point is seen as a phase transition between a ferromagnet and a ‘paramagnet’.

The word paramagnet now merely refers to the linear response of the system to an applied paraamgnetism, the temperature dependence of which requires an amended version of Curie’s law, known as the Curie—Weiss law:.

Obviously, the paramagnetic Curie—Weiss description above T N or T C is a rather different interpretation thelry the word “paramagnet” as it does not imply the absence of interactions, but rather that the magnetic structure is random in the absence of an external field at these sufficiently high temperatures. An additional complication is that the interactions are often different in different directions of the crystalline lattice anisotropyleading to complicated magnetic structures once ordered.

Randomness of the structure also applies to the many metals that show a net paramagnetic response over a broad temperature range. They do not follow a Curie type law as function of temperature however, often they are more or less temperature independent. Pafamagnetism 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.

Some materials show hheory magnetic behavior that follows a Curie type law but with exceptionally large values for the Curie constants. These materials are known as superparamagnets. They are characterized by a strong ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic type of coupling into domains of a limited size that behave independently from one another.

The bulk properties of lanevin a system resembles that of a paramagnet, but on a microscopic level they are ordered. The materials do show an ordering temperature above which the behavior reverts to ordinary paramagnetism with interaction.

Ferrofluids are a good example, but the phenomenon can also occur lwngevin solids, e. Such systems contain ferromagnetically coupled clusters that freeze out at lower temperatures. They are also called mictomagnets. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.