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King, B. and Elkina, N. (2016): Vacuum birefringence in high-energy laser-electron collisions. In: Physical Review A, Vol. 94, No. 6, 62102

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Real photon-photon scattering is a long-predicted phenomenon that is being searched for in experiment in the form of a birefringent vacuum at optical and x-ray frequencies. We present results of calculations and numerical simulations for a scenario to measure this effect using multi-MeV photons generated in the collision of electrons with a laser pulse. We find that the birefringence of the vacuum should be measurable using experimental parameters attainable in the near future.

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