On nonlinear classical electrodynamics with an axionic term

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Recently there has been a renewed interest in axionic generalization of electrodynamics due to its application to topological insulators. A low-energy electromagnetic response of these exotic materials was proposed to be described by an axionic term in the Lagrangian. Motivated by this it is of interest to study various aspects of axionic electrodynamics and analyze the universal features of the axionic effects. Here we discuss the axionic modification of generalized electrodynamics with a Lagrangian being an arbitrary function of two electromagnetic invariants. Surprisingly, the qualitative characteristics of the major axionic effects known in the Maxwell theory happen to be independent of the exact type of the nonlinear Lagrangian and are uniquely fixed by the form of the axionic term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045401
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 28 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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