Astor Special Lecture: Dr. Dmitri D. Ryutov

14 February 2017

Physics Colloquia Series – Astor Lecture

Plasma physics helps in establishing an upper bound for the photon mass
Dr. Dmitri D. Ryutov
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 at 14.00

The finiteness of the photon mass does not contradict the relativity theory: it just puts the photon on par with other particles, with the limiting propagation velocity still in place. The photon mass, even if finite, is incredibly small, less than 10-24 of the electron mass [1], but even at this value it would have a strong effect on large-scale astrophysical phenomena. Effects of a finite photon mass in electrodynamics can be systematically accounted for by the Proca Lagrangian [2] [3] [4]. This talk will summarize earlier approaches to the evaluating the photon mass and then describe the techniques [5] that have led to the current estimate. These techniques are based on the analysis of the Solar wind dynamics at large distances from the Sun [Ref. 6]. A possibility to lower the upper bound by studying magnetohydrodynamics of more distant objects will be discussed.


Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU
Followed by tea/coffee in the Clarendon Laboratory Common room

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(2001)

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