Inverse Cotton-Mouton effect of the vacuum and of atomic systems
Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (UPR 3228, CNRS-INSA-UJF-UPS) F-31400 Toulouse Cedex, France, EU
2 Université de Toulouse, UPS, Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité, IRSAMC - F-31062 Toulouse, France, EU
3 CNRS, UMR 5589 - F-31062 Toulouse, France, EU
Accepted: 9 June 2010
In this letter we calculate the inverse Cotton-Mouton effect (ICME) for the vacuum following the predictions of quantum electrodynamics. We compare the value of this effect for the vacuum with the one expected for atomic systems. We finally show that ICME could be measured for the first time for noble gases using state-of-the-art laser systems and for the quantum vacuum with near-future laser facilities like ELI and HiPER, providing in particular a test of the nonlinear behaviour of quantum vacuum at intensities below the Schwinger limit of 4.5×1033 W/m2.
PACS: 42.50.Xa – Optical tests of quantum theory / 42.65.-k – Nonlinear optics / 32.10.Dk – Electric and magnetic moments, polarizabilities
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