Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics

, Volume 88, Issue 5, pp 902–912

Lorentz ionization of atoms in a strong magnetic field


  • V. S. Popov
    • Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics
  • B. M. Karnakov
    • Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute
  • V. D. Mur
    • Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute
Atoms, Spectra, Radiation

DOI: 10.1134/1.558870

Cite this article as:
Popov, V.S., Karnakov, B.M. & Mur, V.D. J. Exp. Theor. Phys. (1999) 88: 902. doi:10.1134/1.558870


Lorentz ionization emerges due to the motion of atoms or ions in a strong magnetic field. We use the semiclassical approximation to calculate the probability wL of Lorentz ionization. We also find the stabilization factor S, which takes into account the reduction by the magnetic field of the probability of ionization decay of the bound s state. We estimate the probabilities wL in magnetic-cumulation experiments and in astrophysics. We also qualitatively examine the dynamics of the magnetic cumulation process with allowance for the conductivity of the shell. Finally, we discuss a paradox related to the use of the quasistationary solution at the shell expansion stage.

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