Scattering of Light by Light in Plasmas

Published in: The Physical Review, v. 135, no. 4A, Aug. 1964, p. A995-A1002

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1964

by D. F. DuBois, Victor Gilinsky

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A quantum-mechanical calculation of the scattering rate of light by light in the polarizable medium of a plasma is carried out. It is shown that if the frequency ?0 of the incident light is much greater than the electron plasma frequency ?p, the ?A2 term in the nonrelativistic Hamiltonian coupling the radiation to matter dominates the j.A interaction, provided the frequency shifts ?? satisfy ??<

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