Title

Analysis of Magnetic Dipole Fixed Lattice Structure

Presenter Information

Ryan Gibbs

Department

Physics

Major

Physics

Research Advisor

Story, J. Greg

Advisor's Department

Physics

Funding Source

Physics Department

Abstract

For most materials, electron spin coupling plays the dominant role in determining the arrangement of atoms or molecules in a lattice. For some, the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction may play a role as well. By fixing macroscopic magnetic dipoles in position and allowing them to rotate freely in three dimensions, the ground state characteristics of lattices for which the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction is dominant may be analyzed. The behavior observed here is thus useful for studying the behavior of lattices for which some combination of the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction and spin coupling determine the orientation of particles in a lattice. This behavior is observed both experimentally and computational for two-dimensional lattices of various structure and size.

Biography

Ryan Gibbs is studying physics with an emphasis on particle physics and applied mathematics. He is in his fourth year at Missouri S&T and plans to attend graduate school to study particle physics following his undergraduate degree. Ryan is a member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society and was involved in undergraduate research with Dr. Schulz in the accelerator lab.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Comments

Joint Project with Scott Ketcherside, Shreve Nelson

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Analysis of Magnetic Dipole Fixed Lattice Structure

Upper Atrium/Hall

For most materials, electron spin coupling plays the dominant role in determining the arrangement of atoms or molecules in a lattice. For some, the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction may play a role as well. By fixing macroscopic magnetic dipoles in position and allowing them to rotate freely in three dimensions, the ground state characteristics of lattices for which the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction is dominant may be analyzed. The behavior observed here is thus useful for studying the behavior of lattices for which some combination of the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction and spin coupling determine the orientation of particles in a lattice. This behavior is observed both experimentally and computational for two-dimensional lattices of various structure and size.