Zeitschrift für Physik

, Volume 270, Issue 4, pp 289–293 | Cite as

On diamagnetism and non-dissipative transport

  • M. Heuser
  • J. Hajdu


The states of free electrons in a magnetic field confined to a box of finite volume are determined and used to calculate the average magnetic moment and the non-dissipative electric and heat current in an unambiguous way. It is shown that for infinite volume the average magnetic moment coincides with the magnetization calculated by Landau. Similarly, for infinite volume, the non-dissipative transport coefficients coincide with those calculated by Zyryanov and Silin who use Landau's method and subtract the purely diamagnetic parts from the total currents. We think that our considerations give an answer to the often discussed question, why the Landau calculation of the magnetization and similar calculations of the non-dissipative transport coefficients are correct for a large system.


Magnetic Field Elementary Particle Free Electron Finite Volume Similar Calculation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Heuser
    • 1
  • J. Hajdu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zu KölnKölnFederal Republic of Germany

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