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Kinetic theory for spin-1/2 particles in ultrastrong magnetic fields
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1555-7616
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3904-4193
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2716-098x
2020 (English)In: Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, ISSN 1539-3755, E-ISSN 1550-2376, Vol. 102, no 4, article id 043203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When the Zecman energy approaches the characteristic kinetic energy of electrons, Landau quantization becomes important. In the vicinity of magnetars, the Zeeman energy can even be relativistic. We start from the Dirac equation and derive a kinetic equation for electrons, focusing on the phenomenon of Landau quantization in such ultrastrong but constant magnetic fields, neglecting short-scale quantum phenomena. It turns out that the usual relativistic gamma factor of the Vlasov equation is replaced by an energy operator, depending on the spin state, and also containing momentum derivatives. Furthermore, we show that the energy eigenstates in a magnetic field can be computed as eigenfunctions of this operator. The dispersion relation for electrostatic waves in a plasma is computed, and the significance of our results is discussed.

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American Physical Society , 2020. Vol. 102, no 4, article id 043203
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176304DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.102.043203ISI: 000577084700005PubMedID: 33212646Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85093365286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176304DiVA, id: diva2:1497170
Available from: 2020-11-04 Created: 2020-11-04 Last updated: 2023-05-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Modelling and analyzing strong-field effects in quantum plasma
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modelling and analyzing strong-field effects in quantum plasma
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Modellering och analys av effekter från starka fält i kvantkinetiska plasmor
Abstract [en]

Under the extreme conditions that can be found around dense stars and in the accretion discs of black holes, several strong-field quantum phenomena dominate the dynamics of the plasma. This includes the creation of matter and anti-matter from the vacuum (Schwinger mechanism), radiation reaction and Landau quantization. Some of these strong field phenomena were presented theoretically a century ago but have never been verified in experiments due to the difficulty of creating the required extreme conditions in the lab. However, with the development of laser facilities in the past decades, it will be possible to observe several extreme physical phenomena in the near future. To conduct experiments on these extreme phenomena, theoretical simulations need to be constructed as a guide for optimizing experiments.

This thesis is concerned with developing and analyzing strong field phenomena in kinetic plasma models. The focus is to extend current kinetic models to include several physical phenomena that are relevant to future experiments on laser-plasma interaction. In particular, a kinetic theory based on the Wigner transformation of the Dirac equation has been analyzed in different regimes. This kinetic model is used to study the plasma dynamics at the Schwinger limit, where collective plasma effects and several quantum processes are studied.

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Umeå: Umeå University, 2023. p. 69
Keywords
Plasma physics, Strong-field physics, Kinetic theory, Quantum plasma
National Category
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
Research subject
Physics
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-208019 (URN)978-91-8070-067-2 (ISBN)978-91-8070-068-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-06-01, NAT.D.450, Förvaltningshuset Hus D, 901 87, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-03806
Available from: 2023-05-11 Created: 2023-05-08 Last updated: 2023-05-10Bibliographically approved

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