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Vacuum polarization in a static uniform electromagnetic field with applications to pulsars

Stoneham, Raymond John


Relativistic quantum theory and plasma theory are extended and combined in this thesis. Specific response tensors (for a plasma) and vacuum polarization tensors are calculated and plasma techniques are used to treat certain relativistic quantum processes in the presence of a static uniform electromagnetic field. The linear vacuum polarization tensor in an electromagnetic wrench (i.e. in parallel electric and magnetic fields) is calculated exactly as a function of the field strengths and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1978
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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