Regular Article - Optical Phenomena and Photonics
Monte Carlo study of the BMV vacuum linear magnetic birefringence experiment
Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (UPR 3228, CNRS-UPS-UGA-INSA), 31400, Toulouse Cedex, France
Accepted: 11 December 2020
Published online: 8 March 2021
QED vacuum can be polarized and magnetized by an external electromagnetic field, therefore acting as a birefringent medium. This effect has not yet been measured. In this paper, after having recalled the main facts concerning vacuum magnetic birefringence polarimetry detection method and the related noise sources, we detail our Monte Carlo simulation of a pulsed magnetic field data run. Our Monte Carlo results are optimized to match BMV experiment 2014 data. We show that our Monte Carlo approach can reproduce experimental results giving an important insight into the systematic effects limiting experiment sensitivity.
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