Towards an experimental realization of affinely transformed linearized quantum electrodynamics vacuum via inverse homogenization

  title={Towards an experimental realization of affinely transformed linearized quantum electrodynamics vacuum via inverse homogenization},
  author={Tom G. Mackay and Akhlesh Lakhtakia},
  journal={Journal of The Optical Society of America B-optical Physics},
  • T. Mackay, A. Lakhtakia
  • Published 9 September 2011
  • Physics
  • Journal of The Optical Society of America B-optical Physics
Within the framework of quantum electrodynamics (QED), vacuum is a nonlinear medium that can be linearized for a rapidly time-varying electromagnetic field with a small amplitude subjected to a magnetostatic field. The linearized QED vacuum is a uniaxial dielectric-magnetic medium for which the degree of anisotropy is exceedingly small. By implementing an affine transformation of the spatial coordinates, the degree of anisotropy may become sufficiently large as to be readily perceivable. The… 

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