Chapter 6. Synchrotron Radiation

  1. George B. Rybicki and
  2. Alan P. Lightman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch6

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Synchrotron Radiation, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch6

Author Information

  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471827597

Online ISBN: 9783527618170



  • frequency spectrum;
  • synchrotron radiation;
  • magnetic field;
  • circular motion;
  • radiation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Total Emitted Power

  • Spectrum of Synchrotron Radiation: A Qualitative Discussion

  • Spectral Index for Power-Law Electron Distribution

  • Spectrum and Polarization of Synchrotron Radiation: A Detailed Discussion

  • Polarization of Synchrotron Radiation

  • Transition from Cyclotron to Synchrotron Emission

  • Distinction between Received and Emitted Power

  • Synchrotron Self-Absorption

  • The Impossibility of a Synchrotron Maser in Vacuum