Scientific Results

Inverse Faraday effect driven by radiation friction

Year: 2016

Authors: Liseykina T. V., Popruzhenko S. V., Macchi A.

Autors Affiliation: 1) Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, D-18051 Rostock, Germany
2) National Research Nuclear University, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Kashirskoe Shosse 31, 115409, Moscow, Russia
3) CNR, National Institute of Optics (INO), Adriano Gozzini research unit, Pisa, Italy
4) Enrico Fermi Department of Physics, University of Pisa, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy
5) On leave from Institute of Computational Technologies, SD RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia.

Abstract: A collective, macroscopic signature to detect radiation friction in laser–plasma experiments is proposed. In the interaction of superintense circularly polarized laser pulses with high density targets, the effective dissipation due to radiative losses allows the absorption of electromagnetic angular momentum, which in turn leads to the generation of a quasistatic axial magnetic field. This peculiar ‘inverse Faraday effect’ is investigated by analytical modeling and three-dimensional simulations, showing that multi-gigagauss magnetic fields may be generated at laser intensities $\gt {10}^{23}\;{{\rm{W}}{\rm{cm}}}^{-2}$.


Volume: 18      Pages from: 072001-1  to: 072001-9

KeyWords: inverse Faraday effect; radiation friction; laser-plasma interactions