Light propagation in non-trivial QED vacua

Holger Gies, Walter Dittrich
1998 Physics Letters B  
Within the geometric optics approximation, we derive the light cone condition for a class of homogeneous non-trivial QED vacua using the effective action approach. Our result generalizes the "unified formula" suggested by Latorre, Pascual and Tarrach which turns out to be a low-energy limit. We calculate the velocity shifts induced by electromagnetic fields and finite temperature and especially analyze the high-energy limit consistent with the loop approximation.
doi:10.1016/s0370-2693(98)00572-3 fatcat:oyb25hxv7nbvfmxkves6zlzqne