The contribution of magnetic monopoles to the ponderomotive force

Felipe A. Asenjo, Pablo S. Moya

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When magnetic monopoles are assumed to exist in plasma dynamics, the propagation of electromagnetic waves is modified as Maxwell equations acquire a symmetrical structure due to the existence of electric and magnetic charge and current densities. This work presents a theoretical exploration on how far we can push the limits of a plasma theory under the presence of magnetic monopoles. In particular, we study the modification of ponderomotive forces in a plasma composed by electric and magnetic charges. We show that the general ponderomotive force on this plasma depends non-trivially on the magnetic monopoles, through the slow temporal and spatial variations of the electromagnetic field amplitudes. The magnetic charges introduce corrections even if the plasma is unmagnetized. Also, it is shown that the magnetic monopoles also experience a ponderomotive force due to the electrons. This force is in the direction of propagation of the electromagnetic waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number255501
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number25
StatePublished - 28 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • magnetic monopoles
  • plasma waves
  • ponderomotive force


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