Vacuum compression of trapped electromagnetic waves

Padma Shukla, Mattias Marklund, Bengt Eliasson

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In quantum electrodynamics, photon–photon scattering gives rise to self-interaction terms in Maxwell's equations. The effect will be non-zero for electromagnetic waves trapped between regions of conducting material, such as two plasma layers. It is shown numerically that this trapping in conjunction with photon–photon scattering can yield self-compression of electromagnetic waves. We discuss the relevance of our results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373–376
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2004


  • quantum electrodynamics
  • vacuum compression
  • electromagnetic waves


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