Magnetization of a quantum plasma by photons

Nitin Shukla, P.K. Shukla, B. Eliasson, L. Stenflo

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It is shown that the ponderomotive force of large-amplitude electromagnetic waves (photons), which includes the electron spin current and exchange potential contributions in a quantum plasma, can generate magnetic fields. The present result can account for the magnetic fields in dense compact astrophysical objects and in the next generation laser–solid density plasma interaction experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1750
Number of pages2
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number15-16
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2010


  • quantum plasmas
  • magnetisation
  • photons

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