Inverse Faraday effect in a relativistic laser channel

I. Kostyukov, G. Shvets, N. J. Fisch, J. M. Rax

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Interaction between energetic electrons and a circularly polarized laser pulse in a relativistic plasma channel is studied. Laser radiation can be resonantly absorbed by electrons executing betatron oscillations in the channel and absorbing angular momentum from the laser. The absorbed angular momentum manifests itself as a strong axial magnetic field (inverse Faraday effect). The magnitude of this magnetic field is calculated and related to the amount of the absorbed energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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