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24 April 2019 Electromagnetic shock waves propagating in quantum vacuum
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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.
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Hedvika Kadlecova, Georg Korn, and Sergei V. Bulanov "Electromagnetic shock waves propagating in quantum vacuum", Proc. SPIE 11039, Research Using Extreme Light: Entering New Frontiers with Petawatt-Class Lasers IV, 110391F (24 April 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2526341
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