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Title: Experimental Observation of Optical Rotation Generated in Vacuum by a Magnetic Field

Abstract

We report the experimental observation of a light polarization rotation in vacuum in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. Assuming that data distribution is Gaussian, the average measured rotation is (3.9{+-}0.5)x10{sup -12} rad/pass, at 5 T with 44 000 passes through a 1 m long magnet, with {lambda}=1064 nm. The relevance of this result in terms of the existence of a light, neutral, spin-zero particle is discussed.

Authors:
; ; ; ;  [1]; ;  [2]; ;  [3]; ;  [4];  [5];  [6]
  1. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste and Universita di Trieste, Trieste (Italy)
  2. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Ferrara and Universita di Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy)
  3. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy)
  4. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Pisa and Universita di Pisa, Pisa (Italy)
  5. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione Trieste and Universita di Udine, Udine (Italy)
  6. Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Frascati (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20777102
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review Letters; Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.110406; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ELEMENTARY PARTICLES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETS; POLARIZATION; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; ROTATION; SPIN; VISIBLE RADIATION

Citation Formats

Zavattini, E., Karuza, M., Della Valle, F., Cantatore, G., Bregant, M., Zavattini, G., Di Domenico, G., Ruoso, G., Gastaldi, U., Polacco, E., Carusotto, S., Milotti, E., and Cimino, R. Experimental Observation of Optical Rotation Generated in Vacuum by a Magnetic Field. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.110406.
Zavattini, E., Karuza, M., Della Valle, F., Cantatore, G., Bregant, M., Zavattini, G., Di Domenico, G., Ruoso, G., Gastaldi, U., Polacco, E., Carusotto, S., Milotti, E., & Cimino, R. Experimental Observation of Optical Rotation Generated in Vacuum by a Magnetic Field. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.110406.
Zavattini, E., Karuza, M., Della Valle, F., Cantatore, G., Bregant, M., Zavattini, G., Di Domenico, G., Ruoso, G., Gastaldi, U., Polacco, E., Carusotto, S., Milotti, E., and Cimino, R. Fri . "Experimental Observation of Optical Rotation Generated in Vacuum by a Magnetic Field". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.110406.
@article{osti_20777102,
title = {Experimental Observation of Optical Rotation Generated in Vacuum by a Magnetic Field},
author = {Zavattini, E. and Karuza, M. and Della Valle, F. and Cantatore, G. and Bregant, M. and Zavattini, G. and Di Domenico, G. and Ruoso, G. and Gastaldi, U. and Polacco, E. and Carusotto, S. and Milotti, E. and Cimino, R.},
abstractNote = {We report the experimental observation of a light polarization rotation in vacuum in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. Assuming that data distribution is Gaussian, the average measured rotation is (3.9{+-}0.5)x10{sup -12} rad/pass, at 5 T with 44 000 passes through a 1 m long magnet, with {lambda}=1064 nm. The relevance of this result in terms of the existence of a light, neutral, spin-zero particle is discussed.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.110406},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 11,
volume = 96,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Mar 24 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Fri Mar 24 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}