Charged relativistic fluids and non-linear electrodynamics

Dereli, Tekin and Tucker, Robin (2010) Charged relativistic fluids and non-linear electrodynamics. EPL, 89 (2). ISSN 0295-5075

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Abstract

The electromagnetic fields in Maxwell's theory satisfy linear equations in the classical vacuum. This is modified in classical non-linear electrodynamic theories. To date there has been little experimental evidence that any of these modified theories are tenable. However with the advent of high-intensity lasers and powerful laboratory magnetic fields this situation may be changing. We argue that an approach involving the self-consistent relativistic motion of a smooth fluid-like distribution of matter (composed of a large number of charged or neutral particles) in an electromagnetic field offers a viable theoretical framework in which to explore the experimental consequences of non-linear electrodynamics. We construct such a model based on the theory of Born and Infeld and suggest that a simple laboratory experiment involving the propagation of light in a static magnetic field could be used to place bounds on the fundamental coupling in that theory. Such a framework has many applications including a new description of the motion of particles in modern accelerators and plasmas as well as phenomena in astrophysical contexts such as in the environment of magnetars, quasars and gamma-ray bursts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: EPL
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/qc
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 55690
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2012 09:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 07:58
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55690

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