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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 223, Issue 6, pp 1093–1104 | Cite as

Probing the quantum vacuum with ultra intense laser pulses

  • B.M. Hegelich
  • G. Mourou
  • J. Rafelski
Review IZEST Science: Extreme Fields and Nonlinear QED
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Zetta-Exawatt Science and Technology

Abstract

This article presents 1) The theoretical background of strong field physics along with vacuum structure and stability; 2) The instrumental developments in the area of pulsed lasers and considers the physics case for the construction of ultra-intense laser facilities; and 3) The applied and fundamental uses of ultra-intense lasers.

Keywords

Dark Energy European Physical Journal Special Topic Aether Quantum Vacuum Vacuum Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B.M. Hegelich
    • 1
  • G. Mourou
    • 2
  • J. Rafelski
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of TexasAustinTX
  2. 2.IZEST, Ecole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonAZ

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