Rubio, C. A., Asenjo, F. A., & Hojman, S. A. (2019). Quantum Cosmologies Under Geometrical Unification of Gravity and Dark Energy. Symmetry, 11(7).
Abstract: A FriedmannRobertsonWalker Universe was studied with a dark energy component represented by a quintessence field. The Lagrangian for this system, hereafter called the FriedmannRobertsonWalkerquintessence (FRWq) system, was presented. It was shown that the classical Lagrangian reproduces the usual two (second order) dynamical equations for the radius of the Universe and for the quintessence scalar field, as well as a (first order) constraint equation. Our approach naturally unified gravity and dark energy, as it was obtained that the Lagrangian and the equations of motion are those of a relativistic particle moving on a twodimensional, conformally flat spacetime. The conformal metric factor was related to the dark energy scalar field potential. We proceeded to quantize the system in three different schemes. First, we assumed the Universe was a spinless particle (as it is common in literature), obtaining a quantum theory for a Universe described by the KleinGordon equation. Second, we pushed the quantization scheme further, assuming the Universe as a Dirac particle, and therefore constructing its corresponding Dirac and Majorana theories. With the different theories, we calculated the expected values for the scale factor of the Universe. They depend on the type of quantization scheme used. The differences between the Dirac and Majorana schemes are highlighted here. The implications of the different quantization procedures are discussed. Finally, the possible consequences for a multiverse theory of the Dirac and Majorana quantized Universe are briefly considered.

Caerols, H., & Asenjo, F. A. (2020). Estimating the MoontoEarth Radius Ratio with a Smartphone, a Telescope, and an Eclipse. Phys. Teach., 58(7), 497–501.
Abstract: From ancient times, the different features of planets and moons have created a huge interest. Aristarchus was one of the first to study the relative relations among Earth, Moon, and Sun. This interest has remained until today, and therefore it is always relevant to make this knowledge more appealing to the younger generations. Nowadays, smartphone technology has become an important tool to teach physics, and this gives us a huge opportunity to bring science closer to students in a simpler manner. In this work, we show how simple photographs of a partial lunar eclipse are sufficiently good to estimate the ratio between the Moon and Earth radii. After taking the photographs, the procedure for the calculation is straightforward and it can be reproduced easily in a one–hour class

Asenjo, F. A., Comisso, L., & Mahajan, S. M. (2015). Generalized magnetofluid connections in pair plasmas. Phys. Plasmas, 22(12), 4 pp.
Abstract: We extend the magnetic connection theorem of ideal magnetohydrodynamics to nonideal relativistic pair plasmas. Adopting a generalized Ohm's law, we prove the existence of generalized magnetofluid connections that are preserved by the plasma dynamics. We show that these connections are related to a general antisymmetric tensor that unifies the electromagnetic and fluid fields. The generalized magnetofluid connections set important constraints on the plasma dynamics by forbidding transitions between configurations with different magnetofluid connectivity. An approximated solution is explicitly shown where the corrections due to current inertial effects are found. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

Mahajan, S. M., & Asenjo, F. A. (2016). A statistical model for relativistic quantum fluids interacting with an intense electromagnetic wave. Phys. Plasmas, 23(5), 12 pp.
Abstract: A statistical model for relativistic quantum fluids interacting with an arbitrary amplitude circularly polarized electromagnetic wave is developed in two steps. First, the energy spectrum and the wave function for a quantum particle (Klein Gordon and Dirac) embedded in the electromagnetic wave are calculated by solving the appropriate eigenvalue problem. The energy spectrum is anisotropic in the momentum K and reflects the electromagnetic field through the renormalization of the rest mass m to M = root m(2) + q(2)Q(2). Based on this energy spectrum of this quantum particle plus field combination (QPF), a statistical mechanics model of the quantum fluid made up of these weakly interacting QPF is developed. Preliminary investigations of the formalism yield highly interesting resultsa new scale for temperature, and fundamental modification of the dispersion relation of the electromagnetic wave. It is expected that this formulation could, inter alia, uniquely advance our understanding of laboratory as well as astrophysical systems where one encounters arbitrarily large electromagnetic fields. (C) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.

Mahajan, S. M., & Asenjo, F. A. (2018). General connected and reconnected fields in plasmas. Phys. Plasmas, 25(2), 7 pp.
Abstract: For plasma dynamics, more encompassing than the magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) approximation, the foundational concepts of “magnetic reconnection” may require deep revisions because, in the larger dynamics, magnetic field is no longer connected to the fluid lines; it is replaced by more general fields (one for each plasma specie) that are weighted combination of the electromagnetic and the thermalvortical fields. We study the twofluid plasma dynamics plasma expressed in two different sets of variables: the twofluid (2F) description in terms of individual fluid velocities, and the onefluid (1F) variables comprising the plasma bulk motion and plasma current. In the 2F description, a Connection Theorem is readily established; we show that, for each specie, there exists a Generalized (Magnetofluid/ElectroVortic) field that is frozenin the fluid and consequently remains, forever, connected to the flow. This field is an expression of the unification of the electromagnetic, and fluid forces (kinematic and thermal) for each specie. Since the magnetic field, by itself, is not connected in the first place, its reconnection is never forbidden and does not require any external agency (like resistivity). In fact, a magnetic field reconnection (local destruction) must be interpreted simply as a consequence of the preservation of the dynamical structure of the unified field. In the 1F plasma description, however, it is shown that there is no exact physically meaningful Connection Theorem; a general and exact field does not exist, which remains connected to the bulk plasma flow. It is also shown that the helicity conservation and the existence of a Connected field follow from the same dynamical structure; the dynamics must be expressible as an ideal Ohm's law with a physical velocity. This new perspective, emerging from the analysis of the post MHD physics, must force us to reexamine the meaning as well as our understanding of magnetic reconnection. Published by AIP Publishing.

Hojman, S. A., & Asenjo, F. A. (2020). Dual wavefunctions in twodimensional quantum mechanics. Phys. Lett. A, 384(13), 5 pp.
Abstract: It is shown that the Schrodinger equation for a large family of pairs of twodimensional quantum potentials possess wavefunctions for which the amplitude and the phase are interchangeable, producing two different solutions which are dual to each other. This is a property of solutions with vanishing Bohm potential. These solutions can be extended to threedimensional systems. We explicitly calculate dual solutions for physical systems, such as the repulsive harmonic oscillator and the twodimensional hydrogen atom. These dual wavefunctions are also solutions of an analogue optical system in the eikonal limit. In this case, the potential is related to the refractive index, allowing the study of this twodimensional dual wavefunction solutions with an optical (analogue) system. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Hojman, S. A., & Asenjo, F. A. (2020). A new approach to solve the onedimensional Schrodinger equation using a wavefunction potential. Phys. Lett. A, 384(36), 7 pp.
Abstract: A new approach to find exact solutions to onedimensional quantum mechanical systems is devised. The scheme is based on the introduction of a potential function for the wavefunction, and the equation it satisfies. We recover known solutions as well as to get new ones for both free and interacting particles with wavefunctions having vanishing and nonvanishing Bohm potentials. For most of the potentials, no solutions to the Schrodinger equation produce a vanishing Bohm potential. A (large but) restricted family of potentials allows the existence of particular solutions for which the Bohm potential vanishes. This family of potentials is determined, and several examples are presented. It is shown that some quantum, such as accelerated Airy wavefunctions, are due to the presence of nonvanishing Bohm potentials. New examples of this kind are found and discussed. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Comisso, L., & Asenjo, F. A. (2014). ThermalInertial Effects on Magnetic Reconnection in Relativistic Pair Plasmas. Phys. Rev. Lett., 113(4), 5 pp.
Abstract: The magnetic reconnection process is studied in relativistic pair plasmas when the thermal and inertial properties of the magnetohydrodynamical fluid are included. We find that in both SweetParker and Petschek relativistic scenarios there is an increase of the reconnection rate owing to the thermalinertial effects, both satisfying causality. To characterize the new effects we define a thermalinertial number which is independent of the relativistic Lundquist number, implying that reconnection can be achieved even for vanishing resistivity as a result of only thermalinertial effects. The current model has fundamental importance for relativistic collisionless reconnection, as it constitutes the simplest way to get reconnection rates faster than those accessible with the sole resistivity.

Braun, S., Asenjo, F. A., & Mahajan, S. M. (2014). Comment on “SpinGradientDriven Light Amplification in a Quantum Plasma” Reply. Phys. Rev. Lett., 112(12), 1 pp.

Asenjo, F. A., & Comisso, L. (2015). Generalized Magnetofluid Connections in Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics. Phys. Rev. Lett., 114(11), 5 pp.
Abstract: The concept of magnetic connections is extended to nonideal relativistic magnetohydrodynamical plasmas. Adopting a general set of equations for relativistic magnetohydrodynamics including thermalinertial, thermal electromotive, Hall, and currentinertia effects, we derive a new covariant connection equation showing the existence of generalized magnetofluid connections that are preserved during the dissipationless plasma dynamics. These connections are intimately linked to a general antisymmetric tensor that unifies the electromagnetic and fluid fields, allowing the extension of the magnetic connection notion to a much broader concept.

Asenjo, F. A., & Comisso, L. (2017). Relativistic Magnetic Reconnection in Kerr Spacetime. Phys. Rev. Lett., 118(5), 5 pp.
Abstract: The magnetic reconnection process is analyzed for relativistic magnetohydrodynamical plasmas around rotating black holes. A simple generalization of the SweetParker model is used as a first approximation to the problem. The reconnection rate, as well as other important properties of the reconnection layer, has been calculated taking into account the effect of spacetime curvature. Azimuthal and radial current sheet configurations in the equatorial plane of the black hole have been studied, and the case of small black hole rotation rate has been analyzed. For the azimuthal configuration, it is found that the black hole rotation decreases the reconnection rate. On the other hand, in the radial configuration, it is the gravitational force created by the black hole mass that decreases the reconnection rate. These results establish a fundamental interaction between gravity and magnetic reconnection in astrophysical contexts.

Ekman, R., Asenjo, F. A., & Zamanian, J. (2017). Relativistic kinetic equation for spin1/2 particles in the longscalelength approximation. Phys. Rev. E, 96(2), 8 pp.
Abstract: In this paper, we derive a fully relativistic kinetic theory for spin1/2 particles and its coupling to Maxwell's equations, valid in the longscalelength limit, where the fields vary on a scale much longer than the localization of the particles; we work to first order in (h) over bar. Our starting point is a FoldyWouthuysen (FW) transformation, applicable to this regime, of the Dirac Hamiltonian. We derive the corresponding evolution equation for the Wigner quasidistribution in an external electromagnetic field. Using a Lagrangian method we find expressions for the charge and current densities, expressed as free and bound parts. It is furthermore found that the velocity is nontrivially related to the momentum variable, with the difference depending on the spin and the external electromagnetic fields. This fact that has previously been discussed as “hidden momentum” and is due to that the FW transformation maps pointlike particles to particle clouds for which the prescription of minimal coupling is incorrect, as they have multipole moments. We express energy and momentum conservation for the system of particles and the electromagnetic field, and discuss our results in the context of the AbrahamMinkowski dilemma.

Asenjo, F. A., & Mahajan, S. M. (2019). Diamagnetic field states in cosmological plasmas. Phys. Rev. E, 99(5), 7 pp.
Abstract: Using a generally covariant electrovortic (magnetofluid) formalism for relativistic plasmas, the dynamical evolution of a generalized vorticity (a combination of the magnetic and kinematic parts) is studied in a cosmological context. We derive macroscopic vorticity and magnetic field structures that can emerge in spatial equilibrium configurations of the relativistic plasma. These fields, however, evolve in time. These magnetic and velocity fields, selfconsistently sustained in a plasma with arbitrary thermodynamics, constitute a diamagnetic state in the expanding universe. In particular, we explore a special class of magnetic and velocity field structures supported by a plasma in which the generalized vorticity vanishes. We derive a highly interesting characteristic of such “superconductorlike” fields in a cosmological plasmas in the radiation era in the early universe. In that case, the fields grow proportional to the scale factor, establishing a deep connection between the expanding universe and the primordial magnetic fields.

Hojman, S. A., & Asenjo, F. A. (2015). Supersymmetric Majorana quantum cosmologies. Phys. Rev. D, 92(8), 7 pp.
Abstract: The Einstein equations for an isotropic and homogeneous FriedmannRobertsonWalker universe in the presence of a quintessence scalar field are shown to be described in a compact way, formally identical to the dynamics of a relativistic particle moving on a twodimensional spacetime. The correct Lagrangian for the system is presented and used to construct a spinor quantum cosmology theory using Breit's prescription. The theory is supersymmetric when written in the Majorana representation. The spinor field components interact through a potential that correlates the spacetime metric and the quintessence. An exact supersymmetric solution for k = 0 case is exhibited. This quantum cosmology model may be interpreted as a theory of interacting universes.

Hojman, S. A., & Asenjo, F. A. (2016). Comment on “Highly relativistic spingravity coupling for fermions”. Phys. Rev. D, 93(2), 4 pp.
Abstract: We exhibit difficulties of different sorts which appear when using the MathissonPapapetrou equations, in particular in the description of highly relativistic particles presented in R. Plyatsko and M. Fenyk [Phys. Rev. D 91, 064033 (2015)]. We compare some results of this theory and of the aforementioned work with the ones obtained using a Lagrangian formulation for massive spinning particles and show that the issues mentioned in the preceding sentence do not appear in the Lagrangian treatment.

Asenjo, F. A., & Hojman, S. A. (2017). Birefringent light propagation on anisotropic cosmological backgrounds. Phys. Rev. D, 96(4), 12 pp.
Abstract: Exact electromagnetic wave solutions to Maxwell equations on anisotropic Bianchi I cosmological spacetime backgrounds are studied. The waves evolving on Bianchi I spacetimes exhibit birefringence (associated with linear polarization) and dispersion. The particular case of a vacuumdominated anisotropic Universe, which reproduces a FriedmannRobertsonWalker Universe (for late times)while, for earlier times, it matches a Kasner Universeis studied. The electromagnetic waves do not, in general, follow null geodesics. This produces a modification of the cosmological redshift, which is then dependent on light polarization, its dispersion, and its nonnull geodesic behavior. New results presented here may help to tackle some issues related to the “horizon” problem.

Comisso, L., & Asenjo, F. A. (2018). Collisionless magnetic reconnection in curved spacetime and the effect of black hole rotation. Phys. Rev. D, 97(4), 9 pp.
Abstract: Magnetic reconnection in curved spacetime is studied by adopting a generalrelativistic magnetohydrodynamic model that retains collisionless effects for both electronion and pair plasmas. A simple generalization of the standard SweetParker model allows us to obtain the firstorder effects of the gravitational field of a rotating black hole. It is shown that the black hole rotation acts to increase the length of azimuthal reconnection layers, thus leading to a decrease of the reconnection rate. However, when coupled to collisionless thermalinertial effects, the net reconnection rate is enhanced with respect to what would happen in a purely collisional plasma due to a broadening of the reconnection layer. These findings identify an underlying interaction between gravity and collisionless magnetic reconnection in the vicinity of compact objects.

Asenjo, F. A., & Comisso, L. (2017). Magnetic connections in curved spacetime. Phys. Rev. D, 96(12), 7 pp.
Abstract: The ideal magnetohydrodynamic theorem on the conservation of the magnetic connections between plasma elements is generalized to relativistic plasmas in curved spacetime. The connections between plasma elements, which are established by a covariant connection equation, display a particularly complex structure in curved spacetime. Nevertheless, it is shown that these connections can be interpreted in terms of magnetic field lines alone by adopting a 3 + 1 foliation of spacetime.

Asenjo, F. A., & Comisso, L. (2019). Gravitational electromotive force in magnetic reconnection around Schwarzschild black holes. Phys. Rev. D, 99(6), 7 pp.
Abstract: We analytically explore the effects of the gravitational electromotive force on magnetic reconnection around Schwarzschild black holes through a generalized generalrelativistic magnetohydrodynamic model that retains twofluid effects. It is shown that the gravitational electromotive force can couple to collisionless twofluid effects and drive magnetic reconnection. This is allowed by the departure from quasineutrality in curved spacetime, which is explicitly manifested as the emergence of an effective resistivity in Ohm's law. The departure from quasineutrality is owed to different gravitational pulls experienced by separate parts of the current layer. This produces an enhancement of the reconnecion rate due to purely gravitational effects.

Asenjo, F. A., & Mahajan, S. M. (2020). Resonant interaction between dispersive gravitational waves and scalar massive particles. Phys. Rev. D, 101(6), 4 pp.
Abstract: The KleinGordon equation is solved in the curved background spacetime created by a dispersive gravitational wave. Unlike solutions of perturbed Einstein equations in vacuum, dispersive gravitational waves do not travel exactly at the speed of light. As a consequence, the gravitational wave can resonantly exchange energy with scalar massive particles. Some details of the resonant interaction are displayed in a calculation demonstrating how relativistic particles (modeled by the KleinGordon equation), feeding on such gravitational waves, may be driven to extreme energies.
