Gravitational waves from high-power twisted light

Eduard Atonga, Killian Martineau, Ramy Aboushelbaya, Aurélien Barrau, Marko von der Leyen, Sunny Howard, Abigail James, Jordan Lee, Chunshan Lin, Heath Martin, Iustin Ouatu, Robert Paddock, Rusko Ruskov, Robin Timmis, Peter Norreys
General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc), Optics (physics.optics)
2023-09-07 16:00:00
Recent advances in high-energy and high-peak-power laser systems have opened up new possibilities for fundamental physics research. In this work, the potential of twisted light for the generation of gravitational waves in the high frequency regime is explored for the first time. Focusing on Bessel beams, novel analytic expressions and numerical computations for the generated metric perturbations and associated powers are presented. Compelling evidence is provided that the properties of the generated gravitational waves, such as frequency, polarisation states and direction of emission, are controllable by the laser pulse parameters and optical arrangements.
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