Magnetic moment () :
this is a magnet by angular momentum of charge or spin. its value is:
where is angular momentum, and is the gyromagnetic rato
Notice that we are using natural unit.
the g is the g-factor is a dimensionless number, which reflect the environment of the spin, for orbital angular momentum, g = 1.
is Bohr magneton, which is equal to
since different particle has different mass, their Bohr magneton value are different. electron is the lightest particle, so, it has largest value on Bohr magneton.
When applied a magnetic field on a magnetic moment, the field will cause the moment precess around the axis of the field. the precession frequency is called Larmor frequency.
the precession can be understood in classical way or QM way.
the change of angular momentum is equal to the applied torque. and the torque is equal to the magnetic moment cross product with the magnetic field. when in classical frame, the angular momentum, magnetic moment, and magnetic field are ordinary vector.
solving gives the procession frequency is :
the minus sign is very important, it indicated that the J is precessing by right hand rule when .
The Tim dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) is :
H is the Hamiltonian, for the magnetic field is pointing along the z-axis.
the solution is
Thus, in QM point of view, the state does not “rotate” but only a phase change.
However, the rotation operator on z-axis is
Thus, the solution can be rewritten as:
That makes great analogy on rotation on a real vector.