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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(3): 034201    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/3/034201
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Drift effect on vacuum birefringence in a strong electric and magnetic field

Huang Yong-Sheng, Wang Nai-Yan, Tang Xiu-Zhang
High Power KrF Excimer Laser Laboratory, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413, China
Abstract  

As an important QED effect to detect the vacuum polarization, birefringence in the presence of a strong electric and magnetic field, E0B0,E0cB0, is considered. The directional dependence of birefringence is obtained. In two special cases: E0 = 0 and E0 = cB0, our results are consistent with the previous ones. The refractive index of the probe wave propagating in the E0×B0 direction decreases with E0/cB0, while that in the -E0×B0 direction increases with E0/cB0. The physics of the direction dependence of birefringence maybe the E0×B0 drift velocity of the virtual electrons and positrons.

Keywords:  vacuum birefringence      critical Schwinger field      refractive index      E×      B drift  
Received:  27 August 2014      Revised:  30 January 2015      Published:  05 March 2015
PACS:  42.25.Bs (Wave propagation, transmission and absorption)  
  42.50.&ndash  
  p  
  03.70.+k (Theory of quantized fields)  
  42.50.Pq (Cavity quantum electrodynamics; micromasers)  
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Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808104) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11105233).

Corresponding Authors:  Huang Yong-Sheng     E-mail:  huangyongs@gmail.com

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Huang Yong-Sheng, Wang Nai-Yan, Tang Xiu-Zhang Drift effect on vacuum birefringence in a strong electric and magnetic field 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 034201

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