Axionic Boson Stars in Magnetized
Media and Monochromatic Radiations
Axions have been argued to form coherent axionic boson stars as well as incoherent axion gas. These are ones of most plausible candidates of dark matters. Since the axionic boson stars generate oscillating electric fields in an external magnetic field, they induce oscillating currents in magnetized conducting media, which result in emitting radiations. We show that colliding with a magnetic white dwarf, an axionic boson star can emit a monochromatic radiation with a frequency given by a mass of the axion.
The axion is one of most plausible candidates of dark matters in the Universe. It is the pseudo Nambu-Goldstone boson associated with Peccei-Quinn U(1) symmetry (1), which was introduced to solve naturally the strong CP problem. The axions are produced mainly by the decay of axion strings (2); (3)which arise when the symmetry is broken spontaneously, or coherent oscillations (2); (3)of axion field in the early Universe; the coherent oscillations arise when the axion gains mass through QCD instanton effects. These axions form incoherent axion gas as an axion dark matter in the present Universe. Thus it is quite significant to confirm their existence. Several ways of detecting these axions have been proposed.
In addition to these incoherent axions, the existence of coherent axionic boson stars (4); (5)has been argued (6); (7). It have been shown numerically (7)that axion clumps are formed around the period of GeV owing to both the nonlinearity of an axion potential and the inhomogeneity of coherent axion oscillations on the scale beyond the horizon. Their masses are about or less. Then, these clumps contract gravitationally to axion miniclusters (8)after separating out from the cosmological expansion. They are incoherent axions localized contrary to axion gas distributed uniformly. Furthermore, depending on their energy densities, some of these miniclusters may contract gravitationally to more compact coherent boson stars (9); (7); (10). Eventually we expect that in the present Universe, there exist the coherent axionic boson stars as well as the incoherent axion miniclusters and axion gas as axion dark matters. It has been estimated (11)that both of the axionic boson stars and the miniclusters may constitute a substantial fraction of the total mass of the axion dark matters. An observational implication of the axion miniclusters has been discussed (11).
In this letter we point out that colliding with the axionic boson stars, strongly magnetized stars can emit detectable amount of electromagnetic radiations with a frequency given by the axion mass. As we have shown in the previous paper (5), the coherent axionic boson stars ( we call them axion stars in this paper ) oscillate and generate oscillating electric fields in external magnetic fields. These electric fields induce oscillating electric currents in the conducting media. Thus we expect emission of electromagnetic radiations in the magnetized conducting media, when they collide with the axion star. Since most of them are absorbed inside the conducting media, observable emission is made at the surface of the media. Although the electric field itself is quite weak, the amount of the energy of the radiation is very large due to astrophysically large surface area of the media, e.g. white dwarfs, neutron stars. Consequently detectable monochromatic radiations are expected from the media. Because the strength of the electric fields is proportional to the strength of the magnetic field, the phenomena are revealed especially in strongly magnetized media such as neutron stars, white dwarfs e.t.c.. We show that when the white dwarf with magnetic field Gauss collides with the axion star, the luminosity of the radiations is approximately erg/s where we have assumed that the radius of the white dwarf is cm and that the conductivity is about around the surface of the core with degenerate electrons in the white dwarf. is the mass of the axion star ( the sun ) and is the mass of the axion.
Let us first explain briefly our solutions of the axion stars (5). The stars are coherent axionic boson stars with masses estimated to be typically (7); (9); is the ratio of the axion energy density to the critical density in the Universe and is Hubble constant in the unit of km s Mpc . The solutions of the stars have been obtained by solving a field equation of the axion coupled with gravity. Since the axion stars are expected to have small masses, for , we have solved a free field equation of the field along with Einstein equations in a weak gravitational limit. Namely nonlinearity of axion potential has been neglected; we found that the nonlinearity appears when masses of the axion stars are bigger than . It has turned out that our numerical solutions of the axion star with radius may be approximated by the explicit formula,
where ( ) is time ( radial ) coordinate and is the decay constant of the axion whose value is constrained from cosmological and astrophysical considerations (3)such as GeV GeV. is a dimensionless numerical constant representing an amplitude of the axion field.
We note that the solutions oscillate with the single frequency given by the axion mass. In general, solutions of the axion stars with larger masses have many modes with various frequencies (4). This is a distinctive feature of the real scalar field , compared with that of boson stars (10)composed of complex scalar fields.
The radius in the solutions is a free parameter and is related with the mass of the star,
with Planck mass . Numerically, for example, for , for , e.t.c. with . A similar formula has been obtained in the case of the complex scalar boson stars. We have also found an explicit relation (5)between the radius and the dimensionless amplitude in eq( 1),
Thus it turns out that our solutions are characterized by one free parameter, e.g. the mass of the axion star. These explicit formulae are used for the evaluation of the amount of radiations emitted by the axion stars in the magnetized conducting media.
We proceed to show how the coherent axion field of these axion stars generates an electric field in an external magnetic field . The point is that the axion couples with the electromagnetic fields in the following way,
where the last term “matter” denotes an electric charge formed by ordinal matters. The first term in the right hand side represents electric charge, , formed by the axion under the magnetic field. Thus we find (14)that the axion star possesses an electric field, associated with this electric charge. Note that the strength of the field is quite small owing to smallness of the factor ; for instance, the factor is for an axion star with mass .
As is shown, the field oscillates in time, so that the electric field also oscillates. Thus electric currents induced by this field oscillate with the same frequency as that of the field and consequently electromagnetic radiations are emitted.
Here we wish to point out that there are two types of the currents induced. One is the current, , carried by ordinary charged particles, e.g. electrons, protons etc, which is induced by the electric field in a magnetized conducting medium with a conductivity . The other one is the current, , constituted by the axion field itself; since electric charge, , in eq( 5) oscillates in time, an oscillating current, arises (14)associated with this charge owing to the conservation of the current, . Hence this type of the current is present even without conducting medium as far as the magnetic field is present.
It is important to know which is dominant one in astrophysical circumstances. The ratio of these two currents is given by . Since the axion mass is constrained approximately such as , corresponding to the above constraint on , the current is dominant in the medium with larger conductivity than . For instance, conductivities inside of the white dwarf or the neutron star are much larger than . This is mainly because electrons density is much larger than that of normal metals whose is the order of /s with room temperature. Thus dominates over inside of these stars with magnetic fields. On the other hand, the current is dominant in the medium with smaller conductivity . For instance, the conductivity around the surface of the core with degenerate electrons in the white dwarfs must be much smaller than . This is because electron density at the surface must vanishes by the definition of the surface of the white dwarf. In a realistic situation there is the atmosphere of H or He with nonvanishing conductivity above the core of the white dwarf. The boundary between the atmosphere and the core is obscure; the atmosphere near the core involves a fraction of carbons which compose the outer core and electrons are not fully degenerate in the outer core. Hence actual conductivity increases with the depth in the atmosphere, starting at the value of , but the behavior of the value is not well understood in the region near the boundary. Apart from the region, however, it reaches the large value expected in the degenerate crystallized core whose properties are well understood. As a result an average value of the conductivity over a region including the envelope and the outer core can be smaller than the mass of the axion. In such a case the current dominates over . Therefore we should take an appropriate current dominantly generating electromagnetic radiations, depending on whether or not the conductivity is larger than .
Anyway we found that the axion star generates the oscillating electric field under the external magnetic field and induces the oscillating currents and in the conducting media. These oscillating currents generate the monochromatic radiations with the frequency given by the mass of the axion. Thus if the luminosity of the radiation is sufficiently large, we can determine the mass of the axion by the observation of the radiation. Thus it is important to estimate how large the luminosities in various media are. Here we take only white dwarfs as such media, which are estimated to dominate the halo of our galaxy and to cause the gravitational microlensing (15). Thus we expect that collisions between the white dwarfs and the axion stars occur so frequently in our galaxy that these radiations can be observed. In addition, we assume that the mass of the axion star is the order of corresponding to : The recent observations indicate much smaller values of than ; is the ratio of the energy density to the critical density.
Before evaluating the luminosity we need to take into account that almost of all radiations generated in this mechanism are absorbed inside of the white dwarfs owing to the large conductivity; there are so many free electrons to absorb the radiations. Only radiations emitted around the surface of the stars can escape the white dwarfs. Thus we need to know electromagnetic properties of the surface of the white dwarfs, in order to estimate the luminosity of the radiations emitted at the surface. ( Most of the energies of the radiations are dissipated in the degenerate cores of the white dwarfs. Hence the white dwarfs are heated and their temperatures increase. Among others, sufficiently cooled dark white dwarfs become bright again (16)with such a collision.)
In the white dwarfs there are H or He atmospheres above the surface of the core with degenerate electrons. Opacities of the atmospheres of relatively hot white dwarfs whose effective temperatures are much larger than K, are known both observationally and theoretically. But knowledge of opacities of the atmospheres of the cool white dwarfs is very poor. In particular our concerns are dark white dwarfs with very low effective temperature. Such white dwarfs are expected to cause the gravitational microlensing (17). Their population is estimated to be very large; their total mass is about the half of the halo mass in our galaxy. Thus these very faint white dwarfs are dominant over ones having been observed. Such white dwarfs have been cooled enough to enter a Debye cooling regime where speed of the cooling is very fast; most of them in the halo must be very dim. So we do not have any observational evidence about their atmospheres.
Now, noting these circumstances we evaluate the luminosity of the radiations from the surface of the magnetized conducting media. Since we only consider white dwarfs and the axion stars with small masses , the typical radius cm of the white dwarf is smaller than those of the axion stars; their radii are cm. Thus the white dwarfs can emit radiations when they are inside of the axion star. We denote a depth of a region from the surface by , in which radiations are emitted and can escape from the white dwarf. We also denote an average conductivity in the region by . These values are not well known so that we take them as free parameters. Noting that only radiations from a semi-sphere facing observers can arrive at them, we calculate electromagnetic gauge potentials of the radiations with an appropriate gauge condition,
where we have integrated it over the region around the surface with the depth . is the distance between the observer and the white dwarf. Here we have used the current with the field in the approximate formula eq( 1) with setting ; the white dwarf is involved fully in the axion star so that . On the other hand, the current should be used for , in which case should be replaced with in the above formula. Using the gauge potentials, we evaluate the luminosity of the radiations,
with being radius of the white dwarf, where we have taken an average both in time and the direction of the magnetic field. is given such that
In both limit is proportional to . Thus it turns out that is proportional to for , or to for ; as is shown soon later, the factors are large. We should note that the luminosity is proportional to the surface area of the white dwarf. Thus the quantity is enhanced even if a luminosity per unit area in the surface is quite weak. This is the point we wish to stress. Generally, phenomena caused by the axion are too faint to be detected owing to small factor of . But in our case we have a large factor of the order of . We also have a large factor, or , depending on whether or not the mass is larger than the conductivity of the medium.
Since it is difficult to estimate accurately the depth of a region in which the radiation emitted can escape from the white dwarf, we assume for convenience that the depth is given by the penetration depth of the electromagnetic radiation. Then the depth is given in terms of the conductivity. In the case that the frequency of the radiation is much larger than the conductivity , the depth is given by . On the other hand, the depth is given by for . Hence it follows that the factor of the enhancement is the order of for and the factor is the order of for . They are much larger than .
Then with the assumption we find that the luminosity is numerically given by
We have used the penetration depth for , and for , respectively. In both case we have simply assumed that values of both dielectric constant and magnetic permeability are the same as those of the vacuum. Numerically, cm for and cm for .
in eq( 13) is the luminosity of the radiation generated by the ordinary current dominant in the medium with . This is the case that the atmosphere of the white dwarf has a vanishing conductivity and the core with degenerate electrons has much large conductivity, e.g. , even at the surface of the core. This is the case of the sharp boundary of the white dwarfs. On the other hand, in eq( 14) is the luminosity of the radiation generated by the current dominant in the medium with . This is the more realistic case that a small conductivity of the atmosphere increases with the depth and reaches a large value at the core. Then, the average value of the conductivity in the region with the depth may be much smaller than ; for instance, .
We would like to mention that the result in eq( 14) heavily depends on the mass of the axion. If the mass is given by eV, the luminosity becomes large such as erg/s. Similarly, the above results depend on the unknown parameters, mass of the axion star, magnetic field , conductivity , or depth of the white dwarf. Hence it is difficult to obtain the accurate value of the luminosity. But it is interesting that there is a possible range of the parameters for us to be able to observe the radiations.
The radiations are emitted during the collision between the axion star and the white dwarf. Thus the emission continues approximately for sec which is taken for one passing the other, when the relative velocity is ; the velocity is supposed to be typical one of matters composing the halo. On the other hand if the axion star is trapped gravitationally by the white dwarf, the emission goes on longer.
In the above evaluation we have assumed implicitly that the axion star colliding with the white dwarf does not received any effects from it. Since the mass of the axion star is much smaller than typical mass of the white dwarf, the form of the coherent axionic boson star may be fairly deformed by the gravitational effect of the white dwarf. Especially the density of a part of the axion star occupied by the white dwarf will increase. Then the amplitude around the part becomes so large that the luminosity is enhanced. These effects of the deformation and the dissipation of the energy will result in the axion star being trapped by the white dwarf.
Finally we point out that the rate of the collision between the axion star and the white dwarf in our galaxy is large to be detectable, if the half of the halo is composed of the axion stars and the other half is composed of the white dwarfs. Suppose that the distribution of the halo with total mass is given such that its density with kpc where denotes a radial coordinate with the origin of the center of the galaxy. Then it is straightforward to evaluate the rate of the collisions in a solid angle per year,
where relative velocity between the axion star and the white dwarf is assumed to be . We have taken into account the fact that the earth is located at about kpc from the center of our galaxy, simply by counting the number of the collisions arising in the region from kpc to kpc. The rate is not necessarily large enough, but not so small for us not to be able to detect the radiation.
In summary, we have shown that the electromagnetic radiations are emitted with the collision between the white dwarf and the axion star. The radiations are monochromatic with the frequency given by the mass of the axion. Although the luminosity heavily depends on the unknown parameters, e.g. mass of the axion, there is a range of the parameters with which the luminosity is sufficiently large to be observable. Therefore, the detection of the radiations makes us determine the value of the mass. Both monochromatic radiations discussed in this paper and thermal radiations caused by heating up dark white dwarfs with the collision discussed in a previous paper (16)can be used for the detection of the coherent axionic dark matters.
The author would like to express his thank for useful discussions and comments to Professors M. Kawasaki and R. Nishi, and also for the hospitality in Tanashi KEK. This research is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports No. 10640284
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