Photon polarization tensor in circularly polarized Hermite- A nd Laguerre-Gaussian beams

Felix Karbstein, Elena A. Mosman

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We derive analytical expressions for the photon polarization tensor in circularly polarized Hermite-Gaussian (HG) and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beams, complementing the corresponding results for linearly polarized beams obtained recently. As they are based upon a locally constant field approximation of the one-loop Heisenberg-Euler effective Lagrangian for quantum electrodynamics (QED) in constant fields, our results are generically limited to slowly varying electromagnetic fields, varying on spatial (temporal) scales much larger than the Compton wavelength (time) of the electron.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1850044
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2018



  • laser fields
  • Quantum electrodynamics (QED)
  • strong field QED

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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