Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Course content

This course is an introduction to current experimental techniques to study magnetism in materials: magnetisation and susceptibility, Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, muon spin resonance, and neutron scattering. The physical basis of the techniques and typical data and examples are presented. The course contains one project, based upon laboratory work or analysis of data taken elsewhere.


MSc Programme in Physics

MSc Programme in Nanoscience

Learning outcome

The student should be able to

  • Describe the principles in a series of magnetic measurement techniques including magnetization, susceptibility, Mossbauer spectroscopy, NMR, muon spin ressonance, and neutron scattering
  • Describe the theoretical background for medical MR imaging
  • Explain the magnetic properties of selected materials, e.g. nanoparticles

The course gives an introduction to selected experimental techniques for studying magnetic materials, currently used by research groups in the Copenhagen area. The course will comprise the topics:

  • Bulk magnetic measurement techniques: magnetisation and susceptibility
  • Mossbauer spectroscopy
  • NMR, including MR imaging
  • Muon spin resonance
  • Magnetic neutron scattering.

This course will provide the students with a background for further experimental studies within this research field, e.g. further courses, or a M.Sc. project.
In addition, the student will learn how to connect theoretical models and experimental methods.

Experimental project

See Absalon for final course material. The following is an example of expected course litterature.


S. Blundell, Magnetism in condensed matter, Oxford


Knowledge of Solid State Physics. It is an advantage to have followed an advanced (M.Sc. level) Condensed Matter Physics course.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 25 min
Without preparation time
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 16
  • Project work
  • 110
  • Theory exercises
  • 16
  • Preparation
  • 64
  • English
  • 206