It is said every electron is negatively charged and so they repel each other but if electrons are tiny magnets(which are responsible for atomic attraction and how solid magnet works) does it mean opposite electron poles attract each other?

  • $\begingroup$ "electrons are tiny magnets"...What? Electrons are responsible for magnetism of materials, yes, but saying that they are tiny magnets is totally missing the point (and explaining nothing). $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Aug 31 '14 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @hgfhgf Are you perhaps thinking of magnetic moments? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Aug 31 '14 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ @ACuriousMind wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferromagnetism#Explanation Origin of magnetism "One of the fundamental properties of an electron (besides that it carries charge) is that it has a magnetic dipole moment, i.e., it behaves itself as a tiny magnet" $\endgroup$ – hgfhgf Aug 31 '14 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ @hgfhgf Follow the links on the page to learn more about magnetic moments in general. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Aug 31 '14 at 16:34

The magnetic interaction among the electrons is very weak. The electrostatic interaction among the electrons lead to Hund's coupling among the electrons which in turn results in magnetic arrangement of these tiny magnets and magnetism of the whole solid.


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