Lower bound to limiting fields in nonlinear electrodynamics

Gerhard Soff, Johann Rafelski, Walter Greiner

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In view of new high-precision experiments in atomic physics it seems necessary to reexamine nonlinear theories of electrodynamics. The precise calculation of electronic and muonic atomic energies has been used to determine the possible size of the upper limit Emax to the electric field strength, which has been assumed to be a parameter. This is opposed to Born's idea of a purely electromagnetic origin of the electron's mass which determines Emax. We find Emax1.7×1020 V/cm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-907
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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