Axion particle production in a laser-induced dynamical spacetime

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Abstract We consider the dynamics of a charged particle (e.g., an electron) oscillating in a laser field in flat spacetime and describe it in terms of the variable mass metric. By applying Einstein's equivalence principle, we show that, after representing the electron motion in a time-dependent manner, the variable mass metric takes the form of the Friedmann–Lemaître–Robertson–Walker metric. We quantize a pseudo-scalar field in this spacetime and derive the production rate of electrically neutral, spinless particles. We show that this approach can provide an alternative experimental method to axion searches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-393
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume777
Early online date19 Dec 2017
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2018

    Research areas

  • charged particle dynamics, equivalence principle, electron motion, axions

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