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Electromagnetic shock waves propagating in quantum vacuum
Author(s): Hedvika Kadlecova; Georg Korn; Sergei V. Bulanov
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Paper Abstract

We analyze theoretically the properties of two counter-propagating electromagnetic waves within the framework of the long wavelength approximation corresponding to the Heisenberg–Euler formalism in quantum electrodynamics (QED). We obtain a novel solution for electromagnetic shocks in QED vacuum and investigate the properties of the solution, the wave steepening and subsequent generation of higher order harmonics and electromagnetic shock wave formation with electron–positron pair generation at the shock wave front.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11039, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers IV, 110391F (24 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2526341
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Hedvika Kadlecova, ELI Beamlines (Czech Republic)
Georg Korn, Kansai Photon Science Institute (Japan)
Sergei V. Bulanov, A. M. Prokhorov Institute of General Physics (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11039:
Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers IV
Georg Korn; Luis O. Silva, Editor(s)

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