Anisotropic optical response of dense quark matter under rotation: Compact stars as cosmic polarizers

Yuji Hirono, Muneto Nitta

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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
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 7


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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