Magnetic Materials

Photo of magnetic nanodots, 60 x 200 nm in a regular array.

Future magnetic recording media may take the form of large-area uniform arrays of magnetic nano-dots, fabricated by x-ray interference lithography. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Caroline Ross. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2004



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Course Description

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Magnetostatics
  • Origin of magnetism in materials
  • Magnetic domains and domain walls
  • Magnetic anisotropy
  • Reversible and irreversible magnetization processes
  • Hard and soft magnetic materials
  • Magnetic recording

Special topics include magnetism of thin films, surfaces and fine particles; transport in ferromagnets, magnetoresistive sensors, and amorphous magnetic materials.

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Robert O’Handley. 3.45 Magnetic Materials. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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