Classical neutral point particle in linearly polarized em plane wave field

Martin Formanek, Andrew Steinmetz, Johann Rafelski

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We study a covariant classical model of neutral point particles with magnetic moment interacting with external electromagnetic fields. Classical dynamical equations which reproduce a correct behavior in the non-relativistic limit are introduced. We also discuss the non-uniqueness of the covariant torque equation. The focus of this work is on Dirac neutrino beam control. We present a full analytical solution of the dynamical equations for a neutral point particle motion in the presence of an external linearly polarized EM plane wave (laser) fields. Neutrino beam control using extremely intense laser fields could possibly demonstrate Dirac nature of the neutrino. However, for linearly polarized ideal laser waves we show cancellation of all leading beam control effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084006
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 21 2019


  • SternGerlach force
  • high field laser
  • magnetic moment
  • neutral particle
  • neutrino
  • thomas precession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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