Prospects for studying vacuum polarisation using dipole and synchrotron radiation
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The measurement of vacuum polarisation effects, in particular vacuum birefringence, using combined optical and X-ray laser pulses are now actively pursued. Here we briefly examine the feasibility of two alternative set-ups. The first utilises an alternative target, namely a converging dipole pulse, and the second uses an alternative probe, namely the synchrotron-like emission from highly energetic particles, themselves interacting with a laser pulse. The latter set-up has been proposed for experiments at ELI-NP.
6 pages, 4 figures. Submitted to the special issue "Ultra-high Field Physics With Lasers" of the Journal of Plasma Physics
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Journal of Plasma Physics
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