1 Introduction

Photon and neutrino-pair emission from circulating quantum ions

M. Yoshimura and N. Sasao

Center of Quantum Universe, Faculty of Science, Okayama University

Tsushima-naka 3-1-1 Kita-ku Okayama 700-8530 Japan

Research Core for Extreme Quantum World, Okayama University

Tsushima-naka 3-1-1 Kita-ku Okayama 700-8530 Japan


The recent proposal of photon and neutrino pair beam is extensively investigated. Production rates, both differential and total, of single photon, two-photon and neutrino-pair emitted from quantum ions in circular motion are calculated for any velocity of ion. This part is an extension of our previous results at highest energies to lower energies of circulating ions, and helps much to identify the new process at a low energy ion ring. We clarify how to utilize the circulating ion for a new source of coherent neutrino beam despite of much stronger background photons. Once one verifies that the coherence is maintained in the initial phases of time evolution after laser irradiation, large background photon emission rates are not an obstacle against utilizing the extracted neutrino pair beam.

PACS numbers       13.15.+g, 14.60.Pq,

Keywords       CP-even neutrino beam, heavy ion synchrotron, quantum coherence

1 Introduction

Photon and neutrino pair emission from circulating ions are of great interest and one may describe the process following the theory of synchrotron radiation [1] and similar extension to the neutrino case. This is legitimate, when ions are circulated in the ground state. In these cases produced neutrinos and photons remain in the low energy region, typically in the keV range, hence one can essentially ignore the neutrino pair emission due to extremely low production rates. Their emission spectrum and rates are however completely different and are much more interesting, when ions are circulated in a quantum mixture of excited and ground states, as demonstrated in our recent paper [2], which presented results in the high energy limit of ions. This new mechanism of photon and neutrino pair production is hoped to provide a new tool of neutrino and photon beam extracted from ion ring.

In the present work we shall deepen the understanding of the production mechanism of photon and neutrino pair from quantum ion ring, and calculate basic quantities of production rates at any velocity .of circular motion. This is expected to help verify experimentally important features of this new process.

The rest of this work is organized as follows. In Section 2 we recapitulate basic features of particle emission from quantum ion beam, and derive the fundamental differential rate for single photon emission at any ion velocity. In Section 3 outputs of analytical and numerical results are presented for the photon energy spectrum near the forward direction and the angular distribution, paying a special attention to how these are changed with ion circulation velocity or the boost factor. Section 4 deals with the coherence decay, which might endanger emission of photons and neutrino pairs. The problem is important to secure a stable way in which the emission process occurs. Section 5 discusses the neutrino pair emission and how circulating heavy ions may become a strong source of the neutrino-pair beam, regardless of even stronger backgrounds of photon emission. In Appendix A we discuss the two-photon emission which may become the source of de-coherence along with the single photon emission. In Appendix B we give some relevant mathematical items related to the subject in the present work.

Throughout this work we use the natural unit of .

2 Photon emission from quantum ion beam: basic features

We shall extend derivation of fundamental formulas of photon emission rate of [2] to include cases of low velocity (small ) regions.

The quantum coherent state of a single ion (in the Schroedinger picture) is defined by a superposition of two states, and ,


We assume to be a metastable excited state, while is the ground state of the ion. This state is not an energy eigen-state, but may be realized after laser irradiation. Without a loss of generality we may take , which we shall do in the following. The boost factor , with the velocity divided by the light velocity.

We assume that a single ion in this quantum state is circulating in the ring of radius such that its orbit is


in a coordinate system of . ( here and below is meant to be the velocity of circulating ions, with the natural unit of the light velocity .) We consider coherent emission of many photons of definite momentum,


and some helicity from a circulating single ion.

We consider the photon emission by electric dipole (E1) interaction. Extension to the magnetic dipole (M1) transitions is straightforward. The probability amplitude of E1 photon is given using an expectation value of :


is the quantization volume of emitted electromagnetic field. This is a coherent sum along the orbit trajectory of a single ion. The production rate is defined by time derivative of the probability, hence it is given by


It is important from the fundamental physics points to use the gauge instead of gauge often used in atomic physics calculation. These two gauges give approximately identical results when photons are nearly on the mass shell, namely , but they may give completely different answers when photons are far off the mass shell, namely in our problem. We typically deal with cases of which may be very large. Differences of rates in dependences on the boost factor are large in the two gauges.

Consider a situation in which all emitted photons of definite momentum are collected by some detector. We sum over all available ions of the number where is the DC current of heavy ion of charge . The total emission rate from all ion sources is


The need to insert the boost factor is explained in [2].

Note that the emission rate from the excited state does not have this type of time integral, since the factor is missing in eq.(9) in that case. It leads to the usual synchrotron radiation [1] from the state , and the emitted photons have much lower energies than of order 1 keV (and much smaller rates in the neutrino pair emission). On the other hand, emission from the quantum state has the extra contribution in the phase from the internal ion energy which competes with the orbital contribution giving rise to a kind of non-linear resonance.

It is convenient for a comparison to introduce new angle variables tangential to the circulating ion:


such that corresponds to the tangential direction at different time . The phase integral multiplied by the photon momentum phase space is then


Keeping in mind a photon extraction scheme into the outside of the ring, one may take small angular regions near the tangential direction of ,


Written in terms of the new angular variable , we compare two terms in eq.(9) , ()


Near the tangential direction of , the first term in the last equality of eq.(13) is small, both because of and a small phase region contributing to the large rate. In order to verify this assertion, we numerically simulated the phase integral keeping fixed the tangential angle at finite, non-vanishing values in eq.(13). The result is illustrated in Fig(1). Simulations suggest that the phase integrals for tangential angular regions of small, but finite (solid and dotted black curves in Fig(1) ) agree well in . Moreover, the agreement in the time phase region of nearly all range except at points close to is good for smaller angle regions of . This phase region includes the most important initial phases (regions up around ), smoothly matching to the stable plateau of large phase integral. It would be interesting to understand more deeply these behaviors from the point of Floquet system described in Appendix B

Figure 1: Non-forward phase integral for a few values of : 0.05 in solid black, 0.1 in dashed red, 0.2 in dash-dotted blue, and 0 in dotted black. Two period ion circulation of were taken for the end point of time integral without de-coherence. Assumed parameters are

In most of following discussions we shall suppress the angular dependence by fixing it at zero. Thus, we shall use


Taking summation over photon polarization (helicity) gives the differential spectrum of the form,


with . is the number of coherent ions available for photon emission in the beam.

The radius of circular ion motion is of macroscopic length, and one may take the infinite radius limit in the sense . The largest contribution to the rates in the large radius limit arises from the large region of in the phase function . Numerical result for the ion level spacing of 5 eV gives


We consider detection of emitted photons after irradiating lasers from counter-propagating directions. The counter-propagating direction is chosen both to create a high coherence and to utilize laser frequencies boosted by the factor for the best match to deeper level spacing of ions. Detectors are usually placed in a transport system tangential to the ion circular motion. The transport system for the photon extraction has a finite angular coverage in the ion beam plane, and one should consider emitted photons from circulating ions in a limited time interval , which is related to the detected angular aperture by , being of order the ratio of the distance to the detector to the circular radius to . The question now arises on where the extraction system is to be placed in relation to the laser irradiation point.

It is shown in Appendix B that the Bessel function is relevant to the emission rate at one-period revolution of ion motion after laser irradiation. It is however necessary to calculate emission rates at any phase angle prior to one-period of circulation. Consider for this purpose the phase integral ,


We are unaware of any simple analytic function that gives this integral accurately. Extensive numerical studies of this function for large ’s have been done accordingly. A typical result is shown in Fig(4) along with a truncated approximation to the third order in of the phase function. There is a wide region of the phase giving a nearly flat plateau of integral value at the half of the full integral, which is (the Bessel function of order and argument ). For the parameter range , . See Appendix on some more details. Stable photon emission rate is expected in this plateau region, which is excellent for the purpose of extracting a large flux of photons as a beam. The initial behavior of emission rate at shall be discussed in Section 4.

The differential spectrum rate in the stable extraction region is then given, using a dimensionless energy , by


with the Einstein coefficient (decay rate) given by . This is our fundamental formula giving the angular distribution and the energy spectrum of photon emission. The overall rate factor is numerically given by


3 Energy spectrum at the forward direction and angular distribution

In this section basic quantities relevant to detection of extracted photons are calculated in the stable plateau region of phases . Outside this region the approximation that neglects the term in eq.(13) is questionable. We first show the photon energy spectrum at the forward direction. For this purpose we integrate over the fundamental formula, eq.(19), over a small solid angle area at the forward direction . This can be done using


Taking relevant to our problem and expanding in terms of the small angle factor , one finds that


This formula is valid in a limited region of , which gives a dependent range of allowed photon energies;


The forward energy spectrum rate is given by either of the following two forms,


We expect under normal experimental circumstances that . In Fig(2) we illustrate the forward energy spectrum per unit solid angle area . The Jacobian peak at the highest energy is clearly visible for smaller values of the angular resolution . The peak degrades when the angular coverage becomes larger, for instance at . The Jacobian peak suggests a high degree of a correlation between the photon energy and its emission angle.

Figure 2: Photon energy spectrum per unit solid angle area (eq.(25) divided by ) at the forward direction for a few choices of the boost factor: 100 in solid black, 200 in dashed red, 300 in dash-dotted blue, and 400 in dotted black. The angular resolution of was taken here. Other assumed parameters are 1kHz, and rates scale as .

We next calculate the angular distribution after the photon energy integration. The formula of angular integration gives


This angular distribution is illustrated in Fig(3). The forward peaking as the boost factor increases is clearly observed already at intermediate values.

Figure 3: Angular distribution either at or in the single photon emission for a few choices of the boost factor. In the left panel 10 in solid black, 100 in dashed red, 1000 in dash-dotted blue, and in dotted black. In the right panel 1.01 in solid black, 1.1 in dashed red, 1.5 in dash-dotted blue, and 2 in dotted black. Other assumed parameters are 1kHz, and rates scale as .

Finally, we calculate the total photon emission rate by integrating both energy and angle variables. The result is given by


which holds in both large and small limits.

We observe that compared to the spontaneous emission rate , the quantum ion beam gives rise to a rate enhanced by a factor , except the factor . Since is of a macroscopic size and is much larger than the microscopic scale , this may become gigantic.

A non-trivial aspect of dependence should be noted for the collimated photon emission. For a large the angular coverage is very much limited to an angular area of order and the total rate is diminished by this coverage factor. This means that in a unit solid angle area in the forward narrow cone the differential angular rate is effectively of the order larger than the total rate.

Calculations so far presented are exact except the use of approximate form of large order Bessel function. An alternative method of total rate calculation is to treat the angular variables symmetrically, and to approximate the product function


which is valid at large ’s showing the highly collimated angular distribution. This method can readily be extended to the case of multiple particle emission such as the neutrino pair emission. To make the behavior of the rates in the high energy limit () more transparent, it is convenient to use the energy rescaled by the maximum energy and to introduce the variable defined below. Resulting rates are as follows:


A more useful approximation to treat the total rate at any velocity is given by


The agreement of the parameter dependence and an excellent closeness of constants in eq..(30) and eq.(34) gives a confidence in the approximation here.

4 Initial phase of photon emission and question of de-coherence

The photon emission discussed so far is based on a high coherence of quantum ion beam, but it may decay by emitting photons continuously. We shall first discuss the coherence decay law in general, and then address the important question of how the coherence is maintained at initial phases.

Using the total emission rate for a single ion , one derives the decay law from


It is solved as


Note that for time dependent , the decay is not of the usual exponential form. This coherence decay is accompanied by the population decay described by


One may use a truncated time expansion in the initial and intermediate phase region for estimate of the crucial phase integral. We thus expand the phase function in terms of the circulating phase variable to its third order:


This approximation is compared with the exact phase integral in Fig(4). It is thus clear that the third order approximation is excellent except in a small region near the returning phase point of .

Figure 4: Approximate phase integral by truncation to the third order compared with exact results. exact case of in solid black, its approximate case in dashed red, and exact case of in dash-dotted blue, and its approximate case in dotted black. The straight line shows the value for .

For further analytic calculations it is important to locate stationary points of the phase integral. The stationary phase point given by the vanishing derivative exists at


The Gaussian phase approximation to this function and the resulting phase integral gives


In the limit of , one may replace to derive a Fresnel type of integral in an infinite range,


Inserting relevant quantities for gives


The major difference from the previous formula (19), in particular at large ’s, is the presence of the oscillating function having an interesting combination of large factors, with ; all other factors are in reasonable agreement with the previous result.

Another difference is the low behavior, arising from , which should be compared with the previous approximation from the Bessel function giving . Although the difference at large ’s is minor, the low behavior is quite different. Indeed, the stationary phase approximation here cannot reproduce the correct behavior in the total rate.

This formula is valid for the time or its related phase domain,


Due to the oscillating factor the major contribution arises from the photon phase space region of


The combination of parameters that appear here is of order,


The physical implication of this result is that in earlier phases of circulations ions tend to emit photons into more restricted region of their phase space than the stable plateau region. Clarification of how this transient region is smoothly connected to the stable phase region of the plateau needs more refined treatment.

At the quantitative level the effect of oscillatory term is important only at low ’s. We illustrate an example in Fig(5), which shows that the oscillation effect is not significant at energies contributing to large rates.

Figure 5: Effect of oscillatory behavior in the forward energy spectrum. Formula given by eq.(45) with (in solid black) and without (in dashed red) the sinusoidal function. Assumed parameters are case in dotted black.

From the intermediate time behavior of emission rate just given, one can estimate the e-folding factor in the coherence decay law,


This formula is valid only for which is an averaged limit time estimated as an average over energies at the forward direction;


At earlier times of one may attempt to use the linearized formula of emission rate,


This consideration leads to the initial decay law of the form,


It would be nice if one can make more refined analysis in the initial phases of time evolution, because the approximation for the initial time behavior is too crude..

5 Neutrino pair emission rates

The cases of multiple particle emission, in particular a neutrino pair, are of great interest. Our formalism may be directly extended to these cases, which we shall turn to.

For simplicity we shall take massless neutrinos of three flavors, which is an excellent approximation for neutrino energies much larger than their masses. Quantities that appear in the phase integral are changed to


Matrix element factors are readily worked out by squaring the electron spin transition moment arising from the axial vector part of four Fermi interaction as in [2]. The calculated differential rate for three neutrino flavor pairs is


with and . After angular integrations that give factor, one may derive a formula of the total pair emission rate,


The integral related to the constant is over the 4d volume of radius unity. For this estimate we took a large radius of ion circular motion and the level spacing appropriate for high energy neutrino pair production.

Dependence of the total rate of eq.(56) in the high energy limit is different from the in [2]. The difference is traced to a different angular distribution in the stationary phase approximation. In [2] the angular distribution is asymmetric, and it has a wider range of allowed angles in variables: only the relative opening angle is limited by , but their individuals are not limited by this factor. This does not give an extra suppression in the result of the total rate, which explains the difference from the present work. As to the total rate we believe that the present method is closer to the correct, more precise result. But it is important to note that what is to be compared with actual observations is the rate within a given aperture of angles, and this should be calculated more precisely by taking into account the geometry of detector system. This way one may obtain an effective enhancement of a power.

In Fig(6) we illustrate the forward spectrum rate of a single neutrino in the pair production process. The basic formula derived by taking in eq.(55) is given in terms of ,


which is valid for rates per unit solid angle area at the forward direction of . The spin factor and were taken for simplicity.

Figure 6: Neutrino spectrum rate at the forward direction in neutrino pair emission, assuming the overall factor of 0.05 Hz in eq.(60). Chosen factors are 4000 in solid black, 6000 in dashed red, 8000 in dash-dotted blue, and in dotted black.

Now we would like to discuss a possible obstacle against detection of the neutrino pair emission. Gigantic backgrounds of QED processes are not really a problem, because all emitted photons are beam-dumped by some experimental facility before extracted neutrino pair beam is used for experiments. The important question is whether the absolute neutrino pair emission is large enough for experiments away from the ion ring. Our calculations here show that when the circulating ion and the accelerator parameter are appropriately chosen, this is not a problem.

In summary, we presented both the differential and the total rates of produced single photon and neutrino-pair emitted from quantum ions in circular motion. Results were given for any velocity of circulating ion, hence should be useful for experimental investigations of these processes. An important constraint on parameters of ions and circulation ring was derived to ensure the initial coherence necessary for the process. In a sequel to the present work [5] we shall discuss how neutrino oscillation experiments can measure important parameters of neutrino properties.

6 Appendix A: Rates of two-photon emission

Here we calculate rates of two-photon emission and discuss which of the single or the two-photon emission is dominant for large boost values relevant to the large rate region of the neutrino pair emission.

Differential spectrum of two-photon emission is calculated as


with . The function is the squared sum of energy denominator factors in the second order of perturbation theory. In this estimate of matrix element we replaced a factor in the interference term by its average , which is not precise, but it would serve for our crude estimate.

The angular integrations over those of two photons may be explicitly done, using the expansion like , which should be valid for large boosts. The result after angular integrations is


The single photon spectrum shape after the second photon energy is integrated out is given by


with .

Numerical results of the energy spectrum of a single photon in the two-photon emission process are illustrated in Fig(7) for some values of the boost factor. The end point of energy spectrum increases with accompanied by rate increase. In the high energy limit of the total rate of two-photon emission obeys the scaling law [2]. The two-photon emission of E1E1 type is usually weaker than M1 type emission, although the M1 rate is much smaller than the E1 rate.

Figure 7: Energy spectrum shape of single photon using in two-photon emission for 100 in magenda, 300 in red, 600 in blue, and 1000 in black. is assumed.

7 Appendix B: Mathematical supplements

7.1 Bessel function of large orders for large arguments

In order to calculate the phase integral of a type as in eq.(18), we note the integral representation of Bessel function that holds for non-integer ’s [3]:


which holds for . The second integral is limited from above: for real and positive by


which means that this second contribution is small contribution in the large limit. We then work out the other half of integration range,


Thus, by neglecting the sub-leading terms,


The asymptotic behavior of the Bessel function,


can be used to derive for


This limiting behavior is valid when . If , a function which may be expressed in power series expansions multiplies. Since , the asymptotic form is usually excellent except at special points of photon energies and emission angles.

In the following subsection we point out relevance of the Bessel function to the Floquet system governed by a linear set of ordinary differential equations having periodic coefficient function.

7.2 Appendix B: Floquet system

We point out relevance of the problem to the Floquet system [4]. The function along with satisfies