Magnetism of Elementary Particles – S. V. Vonsovsky

After last book, we come to another book on the topic of magnetism. But this is not of the popular science kind as most of the books that we have seen so far, this is for the experts in the field.

From the Preface

The book contains a fairly detailed though, of course, incomplete reference list, which may help to satisfy the reader who wishes to investigate anyone question in its entirity.

The book opens with a review of the well-known aspects of magnetism of the elementary particle that was discovered first, the electron (Chapter 1). This is followed by a brief summary of data concerning the magnetic properties of atomic electron shells (Chapter 2). Chapter 3 is devoted to the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei and their constituent nucleons-the proton and the neutron. It also contains a description of the most important experimental techniques of determining the magnetic moments of nuclei and nucleons (detailed tables of measured magnetic moments are given in the Appendix at the end of the book). Chapter 4 deals with the problem of the anomalous magnetic moment of an elementary particle and with the relation of this problem to the quarks hypothesis. Chapter 5 offers a fairly detailed description of the situation arising from the Dirac
hypothesis concerning the magnetic monopole. Finally, Chapter 6 gives a very brief presentation of non-linear magnetic effects in strong fields.

As has been noted, the author did not pursue the goal of giving a rigorous mathematical elaboration of theory or a comprehensive review of experimental facts. He confined himself to outlining the general situation, stressing the physical essence of the described phenomena. It is the author’s hope that this book will find many readers among physicists and specialists in related branches of the natural sciences and will help them in their practical research.

Also impressive is the list of References which has a total of 998 entries!

The book was translated from Russian by O. A. Germogenova, and was first published by Mir in 1975. You can get the book here.

The detailed table of contents is as under

Chapter 1. Spin Magnetic Moment of the Electron

1. Spin, Magnetic Moment, and G-Factor of the Electron
2. The Stern-Gerlach Experiment: Determination of the Spin and the Magnetic Moment of the Electron
3. Elements of the Quantum Theory of the Electron Spin
4. The Feasibility of the Measurement of Spin Angular Momentum for the Free Electron
5. Spin and Magnetic Moment of the Positron

Chapter 2. Magnetism of the Atomic Electron Shell

1. The Magnetism of the Orbital Motion of the Electron in a One-Electron Atom

1.1. The Quasi-Classical Method
1.2. The Quantum Mechanical Method (Space Quantization of Orbits)

2. Orbital and Spin Magnetism of the Shell of a Multi-Electron Atom

2.1. The Vector Model of the Electron Shell
2.2. Hund Rules (38). 2.3. Filling of Atomic Electron Shells: Normal and Transition Elements

3. Determination of the Total Magnetic Moment and the Atomic Lande Factor

4. Interaction of Electron Magnetic Moments with Each Other and with External Magnetic Fields

4.1. Zeeman Effect
4.2. Quantum-Mechanical Theory of the Effect of Magnetic Field on the Atomic Electron Shell
4.3. Fine Structure of the Electron Specrtum of Atoms
4.4. The Effect of a Variable Magnetic Field: Magnetic Resonance

5. Certain Methods of Measurement of the Magnetic Moment of an Atom

5.1. Stern Method
5.2. Methods of Measuring Atomic Magnetic Moments in the Condensed Phase

Chapter 3. Magnetism of Nucleons (Protons and Neutrons) and Atomic Nuclei

1. Magnetic Moments of Protons and Neutrons

1.1. Nuclear Magneton
1.2. Anomalous Magnetic Moments of Nucleons

2. Magnetic Moments of Nuclei (Analysis of Experimental Data)

3. The Theory of Magnetic Moments of Atomic Nuclei

3.1. The Shell Model of Atomic Nucleus
3.2. Calculation of Nuclear Magnetic Moments. Schmidt Diagrams
3.3. Medium and Heavy Nuclei

4. Magnetic Moments of Excited Nuclei .
5. Migdal’s Theory of Nuclear Magnetic Moments

6. Experimental Methods of Determining the Spin and the Magnetic Moment of Nucleons and Nuclei

6.1. Determination of Nuclear Moments from the Hyperfine Structure of Atomic Spectra
6.2. De-termination of Nuclear Moments from Rotational Spectra of Diatomic Molecules (Band Spectra Measurement)
6.3. The Method of Deflection of Molecular Beams and the Magnetic Resonance Method  6.4. The Method of Microwave Absorption
6.5. The Nuclear Resonance Induction Method
6.6. Measurement of the Neutron Magnetic Moment
6.7. Radioactive Methods
6.8. Dorfman’s Method
6.9. Determination of Nuclear Magnetic Moments in Liquids and Crystals

7. Magnetic Properties of Crystalline $\latex _{2}He^{3}$

Chapter 4. Anomalous Magnetic Moments of Elementary Particles

1. Introduction
2. Lamb-Retherford Shift of Atomic Levels and the Anomalous Magnetic Moments of the Electron and Positron

2.1. Lamb-Retherford Shift
2.2. Corrections to the Electron Magnetic Moment
2.3. The Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Positron and of Positronium

3. The Anomalous Magnetic Moment of Mu-Mesons (Muons) and of Mesic Atoms

4. Anomalous Magnetic Moments of Nucleons and Other Hadrons.

4.1. The Charge and Magnetic Form Factors of Nucleons
4.2. Magnetic Moments of Hadrons
4.3. Group-Theoretic Analysis of the Structure of Hadron Multiplets and the Quark Hypothesis
4.4. Determination of Magnetic Moments of Hadrons on the Basis of the Quark Hypothesis

Chapter 5. The Magnetic Monopole

1. Introductory Remarks
2. Dirac’s Quantization of Magnetic Charges
3. Interaction of a Magnetic Charge with Matter
4. Experimental Search for Monopoles

Chapter 6. Non-Linear Quantum-Electrodynamic Effects in a Magnetic Field

1. General Considerations
2. Magnetic Bremsstrahlung (Synchrotron Radiation)
3. Pair Production in a Magnetic Field


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13 Responses to Magnetism of Elementary Particles – S. V. Vonsovsky

  1. ankitphysics says:

    Where to get MIR publishers books in Russian language i learned in ebook format plz tell.

  2. ankur says:

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    • damitr says:


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  3. ankur says:


    I’m in total agreement with you and, after reading that first link you posted, I’m feeling quite dejected that I like many others don’t have tiny bit of privacy while using these sites.

    TBH right now I’m in utter dilemma whether to continue using these sites… anyways thanks for the awesome info!
    And BTW I’m deleting the FB page(to protect this awesome blog from any sort of controversy etc) and hopefully try to find some more secure forum to discuss the Mir books.

    What about that soviet-books blog… did u find something useful there?

  4. somen says:

    hello damitr
    plz continue little mathematics library series

    • damitr says:

      All can help the site by uploading the new links to the books which are dead now, and it would reduce some of my load.
      Some DOs:
      0. Put the link in the proper post.
      1. Use ifile for upload, don’t use any other hosting service.
      2. Put pdf/djvu files inside an archive, if you happen to give a password, please mention it along with the link.
      3. Thats all folks!


  5. ankitphysics says:

    Most of books will be uploaded within next 2 or 3 months which i listed in my posts on various subjects.If anybody have these in ebook format plz point out or they exists already on net then plz tell me.Plot the list again which i have to scan i found mainly books which i listed.By the way both names(Ankit Gahlawat & ankitphysics are mine dont get confuse)

  6. somen says:

    can anyone post book like Energy and entropy , this chancy chancy chancy world,and world is built on probability.

    • damitr says:

      Energy and Entropy we may see in a few weeks week. This Chancy Chancy World may take some time (we have access to it though), World is Built on Probability is something we do not have access to right now.


  7. somen says:

    thanks ,damitr for this information

  8. ankitphysics says:

    Here are some Mir Publishers books except last one:
    1.Physics of the 20th century: history and outlook by E. P. Velikhov-342 pages in 1987(first published by Nauka publishers in 1984)
    2.Experimental methods of polymer physics: measurement of mechanical properties, viscosity, and diffusion 520 pages by A.I. Malkin in 1983
    3.A course of differential geometry and topology by A.S. Mishchenko, A. T. Fomenko-455 pages in 1988
    4.Problems In differential geometery And topology by Alexander S. Mishchenko and Yu.P. Soloviev Fomenko-207 pages in 1985
    5.Contemporary problems of biomechanics by G.G. Chernyi-296 pages in 1990
    6.Basics of laser material processing by A.G. Grigoriants-312 pages in 1994
    7.Computer-aided design of language processors by V. F. Shangin, P. Timofeev-189 pages in 1992
    8.Catalyst surface: physical methods of studying by E. S. Shpiro-375 pages in 1990
    9.Diagnostic constants of minerals by V.G.Feklichev-687 pages in 1992
    10.N. Lobachevsky and his contribution to science by V.Kagan – 91 pages(MEN OF RUSSIAN SCIENCE) BY Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1957
    Suggestions and comments will be highly appreciated.

  9. somen says:

    it has been long wait plz start posting new post.

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