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, Volume 192, Issue 3, pp 589–611 | Cite as

Discrete-to-Continuum Limit of Magnetic Forces: Dependence on the Distance Between Bodies

  • Anja SchlömerkemperEmail author
  • Bernd Schmidt


We investigate force formulae for two rigid magnetic bodies in dependence on their mutual distance. These formulae are derived as continuum limits of atomistic dipole–dipole interactions. For bodies that are far apart in terms of the typical lattice spacing we recover a classical formula for magnetic forces. For bodies whose distance is comparable to the atomistic lattice spacing, however, we discover a new term that explicitly depends on the distance, measured in atomic units, and the underlying crystal lattice structure. This new term links the classical force formula and a limiting force formula obtained earlier in the case of two bodies being in contact on the atomistic scale.


Lattice Spacing Magnetic Force Continuum Limit Lipschitz Domain Atomic Lattice 


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The largest part of this work was performed while Bernd Schmidt was affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig. Anja Schlömerkemper was partly supported by the RTN network MRTN-CT2004-50522.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the SciencesLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum MathematikTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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