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Propagation of electromagnetic waves in space plasma

Propagation of electromagnetic waves in space plasma.

arXiv:astro-ph/0401529v1 25 Jan 2004

Jerry Jensen?

Jacques Moret-Bailly


February 2, 2008

Abstract Coherent Raman E?ect on Incoherent Light (CREIL), shifts the frequencies of normally incoherent light without any blurring of the images or altering the order of the spectra. CREIL operates in gases having quadrupolar resonances in the megaherz range, and it is easily confused with Doppler e?ects. When CREIL is taken into account, the propagation of light in cosmic low pressure gases involves a complex combination of absorptions and frequency shifts. The propagation of light in the extended photosphere of extremely hot objects is so complex because CREIL requires a Lyman excitation in atomic hydrogen to achieve hyper?ne resonance states in the ?rst excited quantum levels of atomic hydrogen. A bistability emerges which chains Lyman absorption patterns through a coincidence of lines from each pattern allowed at one redshift into line patterns that coincide at other redshifts This is not a coincidence of whole patterns, only of one line (for instance the coincidence of a redshifted Ly beta on the Ly alpha of the gas). This chaining is re?ected in the apparent harmonic distribution of quasars. Current star theory predicts very bright accreting neutron stars. These should be small, very hot objects surrounded by dirty atomic hydrogen. CREIL predicts spectra for these stars that have exactly the characteristics found in the spectra of the quasars. The intrinsic redshifting in the extended photosphere of Quasars as de?ned by CREIL events drastically reduces both the size and distance to quasars, and clearly identi?es the missing neutron stars as quasar-like objects. A full interpretation of quasar spectra does not require jets, dark matter, a variation of the ?ne structure constant, or an early synthesis of iron. CREIL is useful in explaining other astrophysical problems, such as redshifting proportional to the path of light through the corona of the Sun. CREIL radiation transfers may explain the blueshifting of radio signals from Pioneer 10 and 11.
Thiokol Propusion, (Independant research). ; email : Jerry.Jensen@ATK.com de physique, Universit? de Bourgogne, BP 47870, F-21078 Dijon cedex, e France. email : Jacques.Moret-Bailly@u-bourgogne.fr
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Coherent light-matter interactions are usually associated with high Planck temperatures, such as in lasers operation. However, these interactions occur often at all intensities of light. For example, a change in the density of the media, a light pulse is propagating in, results in refraction, a coherently scattered Rayleigh mode which occurs at even the lowest detectable intensities. Incoherent Rayleigh scattering (such as the blue of the sky) is generally coincidental with incoherent Raman scattering. There are naturally occurring conditions where Raman scattering is coherent. This is ”Coherent Raman E?ect on Incoherent Light” (CREIL). The ?rst part of section 2 summarizes the theory of CREIL, more precisely developed in previous papers [1, 2, 3]. The second part of this section compares the properties of the CREIL with the properties of its avatar, Impulsive Stimulated Raman Scattering (ISRS) [4, 5, 6, 7]. ISRS is easily obtained in the laboratory. Section 3 develops the result of a previous paper [8] indicating that the CREIL introduces a bistability during the propagation of the high ?ux of light radiated by an extremely hot source into low pressure atomic hydrogen. Section 4 shows that this bistability produces a multiplication of absorption lines (The Lyman forest). Sections 5 and 6 demonstrate applications of the CREIL in astrophysics: Section 6 applies the theoretical results obtained in section 4 to a cloud of dirty hydrogen surrounding an accreting neutron star. The very complicated spectrum which is obtained has the properties found in quasar spectra, solving both the question of the origin and nature of the quasars; and the lack of observation of accreting neutron stars, (which should be easily detectable, but have not been identi?ed). Section 6 is an application of the CREIL to the solar plasma, explaining the broadening of lines in the corona (Wilson- Bappu e?ect [9]), and the anomolous blueshift of the radio transmissions of the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes.


A Summary of the ”Coherent Raman E?ect on Incoherent Light” (CREIL).

A di?erence in phase exists between an exciting monochromatic beam, and the same beam scattered by molecules without a change of frequency (Rayleigh scattering). Rayleigh scattering is not time dependant, so that both the scattered and the incidental beams remain coherent after collisions, and interfere with each other to produce refraction. These collisions introduce only small perturbations. This is the source of Rayleigh incoherent scattering observed in sunlight. If the scattered light has a di?erent frequency, the di?erence in phase increases linearly with the time. Since each collision restarts the scatterings, they reset the initial phase, introducing an incoherence between the light scattered by di?erent molecules. To prevent this incoherence, a coherent e?ect requires light


pulses that are shorter than the collisional moment (the mean time between two collisions). The interference of two laser beams (or of the beams of a Michelson interferometer with a moving mirror) produces beat frequencies. If the duration of the observation is short, or if short pulses are used, the beats are not detectable and a spectrometer then sees a single, intermediate alias frequency. An elementary computation shows that the obtained frequency is in proportion to the amplitudes of the mixed beams. It is worth noting Doppler e?ects due to the thermal or turbulent speed of the molecules is negligible, corresponding to the Raman frequency. Under both conditions, the light pulses are shorter than the collisional moment, and shorter than the period of the beats (the period of the Raman resonance), de?ne “ultrashort pulses”as de?ned by G. L. Lamb as “shorter than all relevant relaxation times”[10]. The above explanation is simplistic and ?awed. This is very evident when the intensity of the light is low: When light propagates into a medium, the medium is polarized (allowing a non-destructive observation of the light). This means, that light increases the energy of the medium by a small displacement of the energy levels, rather than a transition. In refraction, this energy is provided by the pulse of light while its amplitude increases, and returned when the amplitude decreases. This is not possible with a simple Raman scattering, therefore there must be second radiative process which allows a return of the molecule to its stationary state. The simplest process is an opposing Raman scattering. It is from these concepts: Coherent Raman scattering and the tensors of polarization, that the rigorous de?nition of the Coherent Raman E?ects on Incoherent Light (CREIL) is obtained: CREIL is a coherent interaction between a set of pulsed electromagnetic modes which increases their entropy by a transfer of energy from the hot modes to the cold modes, and a corresponding red (resp. blue) shift of the hot (resp. cold) modes. This interaction requires as a catalyst, a low pressure gas, in which the light transition pulses are shorter than the kinetic collisional rate of the gas, and also shorter than the periods of quadrupolar resonances. Since this is a coherent e?ect, CREIL does not blur the images. Very often the beam temperatures are very di?erent, so that CREIL is generally limited by the optical properties of the gas. Assuming that the dispersion of the polarisability is neglected, the relative frequency shifts ?ν/ν do not depend on the frequencies ν, so that CREIL frequency shifts may be easily confused with Doppler frequency shifts. The simplest way to meet the conditions necessary for CREIL is by using ultrashort laser pulses. With femtosecond lasers, this experiment is easy to demonstrate, but the peak intensity needed to detect the light is so large that the frequency shift is also a function of this intensity: This is known as Impulsive Stimulated Raman Scattering (ISRS), in which the frequency shift is nearly proportional to the intensity. ISRS may be observed in the laboratory using condensed matter and infrared frequencies while CREIL requires low pressure gases and hyper?ne (or 3

equivalent) frequencies. Thus, the di?erence of the lengths of the pulses between lasers (femtoseconds) and ordinary incoherent light (of the order of 5 nanoseconds) drastically increases the path length necessary to observe this phenomenon, rendering experimental conformation of this process in the laboratory impractical. However, a space-based demonstration has already been unwittingly conducted (see section 6).


Propagation of Bolometric Light in hot, homogenous hydrogen.

To create a CREIL e?ect in an extended photosphere, it is ?rst assumed the gas pressure has been reduced to where the rms time between kinetic collisions is longer than the average length of the pulses, of the order of 5 nanoseconds. The thermal radiation provides the cold transfer mode. In a very hot zone, the atoms are ionised; there are no absorption or emission by the protons, but heavier atoms emit spectra. As the medium cools, the ionization and the thermal excitation of the atoms deminishes. The hydrogen Lyman emission or absorptions lines begin to form. In their ground quantum state (principal quantum number n = 1), the neutral atoms have the well known 1420 MHz resonance, the excitation period of which is too short to allow a CREIL. But, the resonances corresponding to the quadrupole allowed transitions (?F = 1) that have the following frequencies 178MHz in the 2s1/2 spin state, 59MHz in 2p1/2 spin state, and 24MHz in 2p3/2 are low enough to allow CREIL, and high enough to produce a strong CREIL e?ect. With each increase in principal quantum number, the Lyman absorption and the quadrupolar resonance frequencies decrease rapidly, so the CREIL e?ects are usually only active in the second and third quantum numbers. As a ?rst approximation of quantum e?ects, assume only a single CREIL mechanism after a Lyman α absorption. Now assume that the propagation of the light along a path L produces a frequency shift ?ν of the Lyman line, the displacement of the shift being much greater than the width of the line. This shift occurs only when the atoms are pumped by Lyman absorptions, to low values of the ?nal quantum number n. The resulting redshift is proportional to the number (per unit of area) of excited atoms. Assuming that the decay time of the excited states is constant, the energy absorbed over ?ν has a well de?ned value that is proportional to ?ν. The subtraction of the corresponding constant, (characteristically constant) intensity Ic from the spectrum previously written into the light increases the contrast of this spectrum. On the other hand, the absorptions which occur during the redshift cause wide, weak, unobservable lines. This supposition fails if Ic is greater than the incident intensity, that is if the absorption of the energy in a line width is unable to produce a redshift greater than the α line width. In this case, after a short path in the gas, it is no longer possible to achieve Lyman pumping, and there is a termination of this


redshifting mode. All lines, in particular the lines of impurities in the medium are written into the spectrum by this process. The contribution to CREIL by other Lyman absorptions does little to alter the previous description. For instance, it may be necessary to have a full Lyman beta absorption to cause a succinct disappearance of the redshift; but this does not extend to higher quantum numbers because the e?ciency of the CREIL decreases. To summarize, the bistability of the interaction induces two types of propagation: If the intensity is greater than Ic , the light is redshifted so that no spectral lines are visibly written into the spectrum. If the intensity is less than Ic , there is very little redshifting, all spectral lines of the gas are visibly written into the spectrum. Now assume that the hydrogen is heated by the absorption. If the temperature becomes high enough to pump atoms into excited states, the heating increases the redshifting power of the gas , allowing a pumping of a higher intensity by previously not absorbed regions of the light spectrum; this induces an even greater heating: a new contribution to the bistability appears.


Multiplication of the spectral lines by a propagation in atomic, homogenous hydrogen.

Assume that the intensity in the light spectrum is generally greater than Ic . In this case, there is usually a redshift which blurs the absorptions lines. If it so happens that an absorption line for which the intensity is lower than Ic is redshifted to superimpose on a strong Lyman absorption line, the redshifted line is fully absorbed by the Lyman absorption, the redshift stops, and the whole spectrum of the gas may be written into the spectrum. The coincidence of the written, redshifted Lyman β (resp. Lyman γ) line with the Lyman α line of the gas writes the Lyman pattern into the spectrum of the light. The initial and just written Lyman patterns di?er by the shift of frequencies ν(β resp. γ) ? να between the α and β (resp. γ) lines. As in the standard computations the lines are considered as Lyman α, the frequency shift is relative to the Lyman α frequency:
ν(β resp. γ) ?να να 1?1/(32 resp. 42 )?(1?1/22 ) 2 1?1/2

z(β resp. γ),α =


z(β,α) ≈ 5/27 ≈ 0.1852 ≈ 3 ? 0.0617; z(γ,α) = 1/4 = 0.25 = 4 ? 0.0625.


Similar to z(γ,β) ≈ 7/108 ≈ 0.065. The redshifts appear, with a good approximation as the products of zb = 0.062 and an integer q, the resulting pattern of harmonic intensities is observed in the spectra of the quasars (Burbidge [12], Burbidge & Hewitt [13], Ti?t [14, 15], Bell [16], Bell & Comeau [17]).


The intensities of the Lyman lines are decreasing functions of the ?nal principal quantum number n, so that the inscription of a pattern is better for q = 3 than for q = 4 and a fortiori for q = 1. Iterating, the coincidences of the shifted line frequencies with the Lyman β or α frequencies build a “tree”, ?nal values of q being sums of the basic values 4, 3 and 1. Each step being characterised by the value of q, a generation of successive lines is characterised by successive values of q : q1 , q2 ... As the ?nal redshift is qF ? zb = (q1 + q2 + ...) ? zb , the addition qF = q1 + q2 + ... is both a symbolic representation of the successive elementary processes, and the result of these processes. The metaphor “tree”, is not very good because “branches”of the tree may be “stacked”by coincidences of frequencies. A remarkable coincidence happens for q = 10, this number being obtained by the e?ective coincidences deduced from: 10 = 3 + 3 + 4 = 3 + 4 + 3 = 4 + 3 + 3 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 1 = ... (3)

q = 10 is so remarkable that zf = 10zb = 0.62 may seem experimentally a value of z more fundamental than zb . In these computations, the levels for a value of the principal quantum number n greater than 4 are neglected by reasoning that the corresponding transitions are too weak. It is worth noting that an emission line written over the continuous spectrum increases the redshift, so that it decreases the absorptions: the coincidence of a written emission line with a Lyman line seems to induce emission lines, so that the previous description applies to the emission lines as well.


Propagation of the light in the halo of a hot star.

First assume that this halo is made mostly of atomic hydrogen, and we generally do not take the impurities into account. Close to the star, the pressure and temperature are high and the atoms of hydrogen are fully ionised, there is no CREIL and no redshifting. Since a star is not a blackbody, the gas is hotter than the light (just as in the corona of the Sun), the emission lines of the (ionized) impurities appear sharp. At greater distances, the multiplication of the lines described in section 4 comes into play. At a small distance, the gas is relatively dense and hot enough for some thermal population of the excited states of the hydrogen. Therefore, there is always some redshift manifest as line broadening. As the temperature decreases, the emission lines disappear, and after a no-line region, which corresponds to an approximate equality of the temperatures of the gas and the light, the Lyman absorption lines appear. The saturation of the lines due to the relatively high


density of gas corresponds to an equilibrium of temperature between the gas and the light at the top of the broad lines; these lines get the shape of a trough. This description fails if the star radiates a strong radio ?eld. This accelerates the free electrons, ionizing the gas in these relatively high density regions. This is why radio-loud stars do not have broad lines. At a very great distances, after creating the spectral Lyman forest, the Lyman absorption disappears, the hydrogen cools and becomes diatomic. All redshifted wavelengths provide energy for blue shifting of low energy frequencies in the thermal and radio bandwidths. These converge in the infrared frequency range, making “very distant”objects appear very dusty.


Observations of the CREIL in the solar system.

The variation of frequency shifts on the solar disk shows three origins for these shifts: Doppler, gravitational, and a shifting proportional to the path of the light through the corona. CREIL e?ects easily explains the corona line shifting and the resulting Wilson-Bappu e?ect [9] in stellar spectra. Another result of CREIL is evident in a crucial experiment [18]: Fixed Doppler radio signals to or from Pioneer 10 and 11 are blueshifted. Assume that the solar plasma between these Pioneer probes and the Earth contains molecules possessing resonances in the megaherz range (either or for instance Lyman pumped atomic hydrogen). These molecules transfer by a CREIL process, energy from the solar radiation in the optical range to the thermal radiation close to 2.7K. The energy of the radio waves in the optical mode selected by the radio-telescopes is increased by the emitters, over the 2.7K radiation energy which makes the background noise, just enough to allow the detection. This leads to a net blue shifting of the signals during radiation transfers. Crucial experiments could be performed: the blueshift should disappear if a continuous, constant amplitude wave were emitted. Studying the variations of the blueshift as a function of the length of emitted pulses, a spectroscopy of the quadrupolar resonances in the solar plasma could be tried.



The displacement of quasars by intrinsic CREIL redshifting has prevented the proper assessment of their fundamental nature. We have demonstrated how the spectrum of quasars contains the signature of the missing accreting neutron stars , (Treves and Colpi [19], Popov et al [20]). A previously proposed new model of the quasar [8] is not conceptually wrong, but more complicated and less precise than this one. Our present model uses only the consequences of the standard spectroscopy and matches many phenomonon as observe in nature. This is especially true when compared with the standard cosmological model. Speci?cally: 7

- Since most of the redshift is intrinsic, quasars are not as distant as current estimates. Consequently, when the Hubble law is applied to the remaining redshifted lines [21, 22], they are much closer, less massive, and less brilliant than current theory dictates. - The complexity of quasar spectra, including the shapes of the lines, is best explained by CREIL e?ects in a simple dirty hydrogen halo, as opposed to a sequence of ba?ing jets and sporatic clouds strained by dark matter [23]. - Radio-loud quasar spectra demonstrate strong absorptions close to the redshift of the emission lines, these lines are intrinsically redshifted into broad lines in radio-quiet quasars [24, 25]. - In a Big Bang scenario, since the neutron stars [quasars] are not older than the local universe, no early generation of iron is needed to explain these spectra. - Since CREIL depends on the polarisability of an active gas, the dispersion of this polarisability produces variations of the relative frequency shifts ?ν/ν which distort the multiplets: there is no need to vary the ?ne structure constants [26], to acheive these e?ects. - The most redshifted and bright objects, in particular the broad absorption line (BAL) quasars, emit a relatively hot thermal spectrum [27] synthesized by CREIL. - The Seyfert galaxies may actually be accreting neutron stars blurred by exceptionally thick inhomogeneous clouds. CREIL is necessary to understand the variations of redshifts in the photosphere of the sun, and the anomalous blueshifts of the radio emissions of the Pioneer space probes. It is a powerful tool in understanding the propagation of the light in low pressure gases, and to understanding many other astronomical observations.

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