Inverse Faraday effect driven by radiation friction

Year: 2016

Authors: Liseykina T. V., Popruzhenko S. V., Macchi A.

Autors Affiliation: Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Rostock, D-18051, Germany; National Research Nuclear University, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Kashirskoe Shosse 31, Moscow, 115409, Russian Federation; CNR, National Institute of Optics (INO), Adriano Gozzini Research Unit, Pisa, Italy; Enrico Fermi Department of Physics, University of Pisa, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, Pisa, I-56127, Italy; Institute of Computational Technologies, SD RAS, Novosibirsk, 630090, , Russian Federation

Abstract: A collective, macroscopic signature to detect radiation friction in laser-plasma experiments is proposed. In the interaction of superintense circularly polarized laser pulses with high density targets, the effective dissipation due to radiative losses allows the absorption of electromagnetic angular momentum, which in turn leads to the generation of a quasistatic axial magnetic field. This peculiar ? inverse Faraday effect? is investigated by analytical modeling and three-dimensional simulations, showing that multi-gigagauss magnetic fields may be generated at laser intensities > 10(23) W cm(-2).

Journal/Review: NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS

Volume: 18      Pages from: 072001-1  to: 072001-8

More Information: Suggestions from D Bauer are gratefully acknowledged. The simulations were performed using the computing resources granted by the John von Neumann-Institut fur Computing (Research Center Julich) under the project HRO01. TVL acknowledges DFG within the SFB 652 and Russian Science Foundation (project No. 16-11-10028). SP acknowledges support of MEPhI Academic Excellence Project (contract No. 02.a03.21.0005, 27.08.2013) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project No. 16-02-00936).
KeyWords: radiation friction, inverse Faraday effect, laser-plasma interactions, magnetic field generation in plasmas, high field physics
DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/7/072001

Citations: 44
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