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Probing Vacuum Polarization Effects with High-Intensity Lasers

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Helmholtz-Institut Jena, Fröbelstieg 3, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany
Particles 2020, 3(1), 39-61; https://doi.org/10.3390/particles3010005
Received: 24 December 2019 / Revised: 16 January 2020 / Accepted: 16 January 2020 / Published: 19 January 2020
These notes provide a pedagogical introduction to the theoretical study of vacuum polarization effects in strong electromagnetic fields as provided by state-of-the-art high-intensity lasers. Quantum vacuum fluctuations give rise to effective couplings between electromagnetic fields, thereby supplementing Maxwell’s linear theory of classical electrodynamics with nonlinearities. Resorting to a simplified laser pulse model, allowing for explicit analytical insights, we demonstrate how to efficiently analyze all-optical signatures of these effective interactions in high-intensity laser experiments. Moreover, we highlight several key features relevant for the accurate planning and quantitative theoretical analysis of quantum vacuum nonlinearities in the collision of high-intensity laser pulses. View Full-Text
Keywords: external-field QED; quantum vacuum nonlinearity; all-optical signatures external-field QED; quantum vacuum nonlinearity; all-optical signatures
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