This book is for graduate students and researchers who wish to understand theoretical mechanisms lying behind macroscopic properties of magnetic thin films. It provides a detailed description of basic theoretical methods and techniques of simulation to help readers in their research projects. The first part of the book contains 6 chapters. Chapters 1 to 5 focus on the fundamental theory of bulk magnetic materials. Chapter 6 is devoted to the presentation of the Monte Carlo simulation methods. Exercises and problems are provided at the end of each of these chapters for self-training. The second part contains 11 chapters devoted to the main topic of the book, namely “physics of magnetic thin films: theory and simulation.” Written as a research paper, each chapter focuses on a subject and also presents the state-of-the-art literature on the subject and the motivation of the chapter. A detailed description of the techniques and the presentation of the results are then shown with discussion.
- Covers basic theory of magnetism and methods of Monte Carlo simulation for use in magnetic thin films and surface physics
- Includes selected research works on the physics of magnetic thin films covering the effects of the frustration, the surface spin waves, the phase transition, the topological spin textures such as magnetic skyrmions (explained with theories and simulations that are easy to follow and to apply in other problems)
- Provides exercises and problems on basic methods in magnetism