Acceleration and cyclotron radiation induced by gravitational waves
Abstract
The equations that determine the response of a charged particle moving in a magnetic field to an incident gravitational wave (GW) are derived in the linearized approximation to general relativity. We briefly discuss several astrophysical applications of the derived formulae, taking into account the resonance between the wave and the particle's motion that occurs at omega_{g} =2Omega , whenever the GW is parallel to the constant magnetic field. In the case where the GW is perpendicular to the constant magnetic field, magnetic resonances appear at omega_{g} =Omega and omega_{g} =2Omega . Such a resonant mechanism may be useful in building models of GWdriven cyclotron emitters.
 Publication:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
 Pub Date:
 December 2002
 DOI:
 10.1051/00046361:20021427
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/0209033
 Bibcode:
 2002A&A...396.1045P
 Keywords:

 relativity;
 gravitational waves;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 16 pages, 1 figure, accepted for publication in Astronomy &