Session L8: J. H. Van Vleck: Quantum Theory and Magnetism

2:30 PM–5:30 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Room: Ballroom C4

Sponsoring Unit: FHP
Chair: Chun Lin, University of Wisconsin

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.MAR.L8.2

Abstract: L8.00002 : J. H. Van Vleck and Magnetism at the University of Wisconsin: 1928 -1934

3:06 PM–3:42 PM

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  David Huber
    (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

In 1928, John Van Vleck returned to his alma mater to take a position in the Physics Department. Six years later he left to join the faculty of Harvard University. While Van Vleck was at Wisconsin, he began a series of theoretical studies that helped lay the foundation for the modern theory of magnetism in solids. In 1932 Van Vleck published his celebrated monograph, \textit{The Theory of Electric and Magnetic Susceptibilities, }in which he made use of the new theory to explain the results of experimental studies in a variety of magnetic materials. In my talk, I will review the accomplishments of Van Vleck and his students during this period and also comment briefly on his notes for a second edition of the book.

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