The BMV experiment: a novel apparatus to study the propagation of light in a transverse magnetic field
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- Battesti, R., Pinto Da Souza, B., Batut, S. et al. Eur. Phys. J. D (2008) 46: 323. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2007-00306-3
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In this paper, we describe in detail the BMV (Biréfringence Magnétique du Vide) experiment, a novel apparatus to study the propagation of light in a transverse magnetic field. It is based on a very high finesse Fabry-Perot cavity and on pulsed magnets specially designed for this purpose. We justify our technical choices and we present the current status and perspectives.