Transition radiation of photons and neutrinos at a plasma boundary

J T Mendonça, P K Shukla, R Bingham, N L Tsintsadze

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It is shown that photons and neutrinos with nearly constant velocity can radiate a large spectrum of electromagnetic waves when they cross the boundary between a plasma and vacuum. This is a direct consequence of the existence of an equivalent electric charge of photons or neutrinos in a plasma. The general expression for the radiation field in the vacuum region far away from the boundary is established, and the particular case of a sharp plasma boundary is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • plasma-material interactions
  • boundary layer effects
  • elementary processes in plasmas
  • electromagnetic waves


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