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A Kinetic View of Statistical Physics by Pavel L.,Krapivsky

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11 Hysteresis

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Dictionaries (such as Webster’s) define hysteresis as “a retardation of the effect when the forces acting upon a body are changed; especially, a lagging in the values of resulting magnetization in a magnetic material (as iron) due to a changing magnetizing force.” Hysteresis originated in studies of magnetism, but it occurs in diverse systems (mechanical, chemical, biological, optical, electronic, etc.). In this chapter, we adopt the perspective of magnetism and seek the response of a spin system to an oscillating magnetic field. ...

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