Volume 90, Number 6, June 2010
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||13 July 2010|
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
© EPLA, 2010
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.