On the motion of spinning test particles in plane gravitational waves

Mohseni, Morteza and Tucker, Robin and Wang, Charles (2001) On the motion of spinning test particles in plane gravitational waves. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 18 (15). pp. 3007-3017. ISSN 0264-9381

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The Mathisson-Papapetrou-Dixon equations for a massive spinning test particle in plane gravitational waves are analysed and explicit solutions constructed in terms of solutions of certain linear ordinary differential equations. For harmonic waves this system reduces to a single equation of Mathieu-Hill type. In this case spinning particles may exhibit parametric excitation by gravitational fields. For a spinning test particle scattered by a gravitational wave pulse, the final energy-momentum of the particle may be related to the width, height, polarization of the wave and spin orientation of the particle.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Classical and Quantum Gravity
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3100/3101
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 75228
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2015 23:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 04:16
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/75228

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