Spectral signatures of photon-particle oscillations from celestial objects

Chelouche Doron, Rabadán Raúl, Sergey S. Pavlov, Castejón Francisco

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We give detailed predictions for the spectral signatures arising from photon-particle oscillations in astrophysical objects. The calculations include quantum electrodynamic effects and effects due to active relativistic plasma. We show that, by studying the spectra of compact sources, it may be possible to directly detect (pseudo-)scalar particles, such as the axion, with much greater sensitivity, by up to three orders of magnitude, than is currently achievable by other methods. In particular, if such particles exist with masses ma < 10-2 eV and coupling constant to the electromagnetic field, g > 10-13 GeV-1, then their oscillation signatures are likely to be lurking in the spectra of magnetars, pulsars, and quasars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark matter
  • Elementary particles
  • Magnetic fields
  • Plasmas
  • Pulsars: General
  • Quasars: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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