A hysteresis curve gives information about a magnetic system by varying the applied field but important information can also be gleaned by varying the temperature. As well as indicating transition temperatures, all of the main groups of magnetic ordering have characteristic temperature/magnetisation curves. These are summarised in Figures 3.7 and 3.8. At all temperatures a diamagnet displays only any magnetisation induced by the applied field and a small, negative susceptibility.
The curve shown for a paramagnet is for one obeying the Curie law,
Above and both antiferromagnets and ferromagnets behave as paramagnets with linearly proportional to temperature.3.4 They can be distinguished by their intercept on the temperature axis, . Ferromagnetics have a large, positive , indicative of their strong interactions. For paramagnetics and antiferromagnetics have a negative .
The net magnetic moment per atom can be calculated from the gradient of the straight line graph of versus temperature for a paramagnetic ion, rearranging Curie's law to give
Ferromagnets below display spontaneous magnetisation. Their susceptibility above in the paramagnetic region is given by the Curie-Weiss law
The susceptibility of an antiferromagnet increases to a maximum at as temperature is reduced, then decreases again below . In the presence of crystal anisotropy in the system this change in susceptility depends on the orientation of the spin axes: decreases with temperature whilst is constant. These can be expressed as
Dr John Bland, 15/03/2003