Magnetization of a quantum plasma by photons

Shukla, Nitin and Shukla, P.K. and Eliasson, B. and Stenflo, L. (2010) Magnetization of a quantum plasma by photons. Physics Letters A, 374 (15-16). pp. 1749-1750. ISSN 0375-9601

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It is shown that the ponderomotive force of large-amplitude electromagnetic waves (photons), which includes the electron spin current and exchange potential contributions in a quantum plasma, can generate magnetic fields. The present result can account for the magnetic fields in dense compact astrophysical objects and in the next generation laser–solid density plasma interaction experiments.