atomic magnet

atomic magnet

[ə′täm·ik ′mag·nət]
(atomic physics)
An atom which possesses a magnetic moment either in the ground state or in an excited state.
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At a fundamental level, magnetism in solids comes from the coordinated actions of many atomic magnets. The atomic magnetism originates from the intrinsic spin and the orbital motion of the electrons, and the relative importance of spin and orbital magnetism depends on the particular magnetic atom and its environment.
Using this model, students can more intuitively understand the current scientific models of domain or atomic magnets.
Still it will take some time before atomic magnets can be used in data storage.