Volume 79, Number 2, July 2007
Article Number 21001
Number of page(s) 6
Section The Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields
Published online 11 July 2007
EPL, 79 (2007) 21001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/79/21001

Axion excitation by intense laser fields

J. T. Mendonça

CFIF and GoLP, Instituto Superior Técnico - 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

received 14 May 2007; accepted in final form 9 June 2007; published July 2007
published online 11 July 2007

Parametric excitation of axions by intense electromagnetic radiation, in the absence of any static field, is considered here. The possible use of this process, as the basis for a new concept of active experiments on axions, using the existing ultra-intense laser systems, is compared with the existing passive experiments using static magnetic fields.

14.80.Mz - Axions and other Nambu-Goldstone bosons (Majorons, familons, etc.).
41.75.Jv - Laser-driven acceleration.
95.35.+d - Dark matter (stellar, interstellar, galactic, and cosmological).

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