The discovery of weird quantum effects in the vacuum around neutron stars - Prof. Nir Shaviv

In the light of a neutron star, astronomers have found evidence for a quantum effect discovered in the 1930s. - main image

A prediction made by Prof. Nir Shaviv from the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University and Prof. Jeremy Heyl from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada is reaffirmed through the measurement of polarized light from a neutron star. As a result of the very strong magnetic fields around neutron stars, the light rays can interact with the virtual electrons in the Vacuum. This interaction gives rise to very strange effects, the evidence of which was only recently seen for the first time.