Study of Relativistic Effects in Magnetoemission from White Dwarfs.
Abstract
Some white dwarfs were observed to emit circularly polarized light which is believed to be due to magnetoemission because of the existence of high magnetic fields. In the theory proposed to explain this, a quantum mechanical model of a nonrelativistic charged threedimensional oscillator in a uniform magnetic field was used. Disagreement between theory and experiment concerning the relationship of fractional circular polarization and wavelength of emitted radiation in certain regions of the spectrum has been noticed. An approximate relativistic Hamiltonian is developed describing the motion of a spinning charged oscillator in a uniform magnetic field. The exact solutions and energy eigenvalues of this Hamiltonian are determined. This model is used in the study of magnetoemission from white dwarfs.
 Publication:

Ph.D. Thesis
 Pub Date:
 November 1978
 Bibcode:
 1978PhDT.........8M
 Keywords:

 Physics: Astronomy and Astrophysics;
 Magnetic Fields;
 Quantum Mechanics;
 Relativistic Effects;
 White Dwarf Stars;
 Eigenvalues;
 Emission;
 Magnetic Moments;
 MagnetoOptics;
 Oscillators;
 Polarization (Waves);
 Astronomy