Light polarization oscillations induced by photon-photon scattering

  title={Light polarization oscillations induced by photon-photon scattering},
  author={Fabio Briscese},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  • F. Briscese
  • Published 9 October 2017
  • Physics
  • Physical Review A
We consider the Heisenberg-Euler action for an electromagnetic field in vacuum, which includes quantum corrections to the Maxwell equations induced by photon-photon scattering. We show that, in some configurations, the plane monochromatic waves become unstable, due to the appearance of secularities in the dynamical equations. These secularities can be treated using a multiscale approach, introducing a slow time variable. The amplitudes of the plane electromagnetic waves satisfy a system of… 
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