The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 323–333 | Cite as

The BMV experiment: a novel apparatus to study the propagation of light in a transverse magnetic field

  • R. Battesti
  • B. Pinto Da Souza
  • S. Batut
  • C. Robilliard
  • G. Bailly
  • C. Michel
  • M. Nardone
  • L. Pinard
  • O. Portugall
  • G. Trénec
  • J.-M. Mackowski
  • G. L.J.A. Rikken
  • J. Vigué
  • C. Rizzo
Optical Physics

Abstract.

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.

PACS.

42.25.Lc Birefringence 78.20.Ls Magneto optical effects 12.20.-m Quantum electrodynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Battesti
    • 1
  • B. Pinto Da Souza
    • 2
  • S. Batut
    • 1
  • C. Robilliard
    • 2
  • G. Bailly
    • 2
  • C. Michel
    • 3
  • M. Nardone
    • 1
  • L. Pinard
    • 3
  • O. Portugall
    • 1
  • G. Trénec
    • 2
  • J.-M. Mackowski
    • 3
  • G. L.J.A. Rikken
    • 1
  • J. Vigué
    • 2
  • C. Rizzo
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Pulsés (UMR 5147, CNRS - INSA - Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3)Toulouse CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité (UMR 5589, CNRS - Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3)Toulouse Cedex 9France
  3. 3.Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés (LMA) (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRSVilleurbanne CedexFrance

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