Interaction between neutrinos and nonstationary plasmas

J.T. Mendonça, R. Bingham, P.K. Shukla, J.M. Dawson, V.N. Tsytovich

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The collective interaction of electron neutrinos with a dense non-stationary plasma is described here. This effect can eventually lead to a significant loss of energy of the neutrinos emitted by a collapsing supernova. The present effect is an exact analogue of the photon acceleration in an ionization front. We present here a classical estimate of the neutrino energy losses and also give the corresponding quantum description.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 1995


  • electrons
  • neutrinos
  • plasma
  • supernova
  • photon acceleration
  • ionization
  • energy losses


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