Anisotropic optical response of dense quark matter under rotation

Compact stars as cosmic polarizers

Yuji Hirono, Muneto Nitta

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Abstract

Quantum vortices in the color-flavor locked phase of QCD have bosonic degrees of freedom, called the orientational zero modes, localized on them. We show that the orientational zero modes are electromagnetically charged. As a result, a vortex in the color-flavor locked phase nontrivially interacts with photons. We show that a lattice of vortices acts as a polarizer of photons with wavelengths larger than some critical length.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume109
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 7

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Anisotropic optical response of dense quark matter under rotation : Compact stars as cosmic polarizers. / Hirono, Yuji; Nitta, Muneto.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 109, No. 6, 062501, 07.08.2012.

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