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Aharonov-Bohm effect and the mass of the photon

Boulware, David G. and Deser, S. (1989) Aharonov-Bohm effect and the mass of the photon. Physical Review Letters, 63 (21). pp. 2319-2321. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.63.2319.

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We show that the Aharonov-Bohm effect requires that the vector potential couple minimally to matter, not that it be a gauge field: The effect is present in massive (finite-range) electrodynamics, reducing smoothly to the original result in the limit of infinite range. Indeed, it may be used to provide an experimental bound on the range which is much larger than the ‘‘table-top’’ apparatus, namely a lower limit of order 10^2 km.

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Additional Information:© 1989 American Physical Society. (Received 16 May 1989; revised manuscript received 25 July 1989) We thank Ya. Smorodinskii for asking the right questions, R. Schrieffer for discussions on flux quantization in massive electrodynamics, and B. Heckel for providing estimates on some of the parameters. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AS06-88ER-40423 and by NSF Grant No. PHY88-04561. S.D. thanks Boston University for its hospitality while this work was begun.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-AS06-88ER-40423
Issue or Number:21
Classification Code:PACS numbers: 03.65.Bz, 12.20.Ds, 12.20.Fv, 14.80.Am
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