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A proposal for testing subcritical vacuum pair production with high power lasers

Gregori, G. and Blaschke, D. B. and Rajeev, P. P. and Chen, H. and Clarke, R. J. and Huffman, T. and Murphy, C. D. and Prozorkevich, A. V. and Roberts, C. D. and Roepke, G. and Schmidt, S. M. and Smolyansky, S. A. and Wilks, S. and Bingham, R. (2010) A proposal for testing subcritical vacuum pair production with high power lasers. High Energy Density Physics, 6 (2 Spec). pp. 166-170. ISSN 1574-1818

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Abstract

We present a proposal for testing the prediction of non-equilibrium quantum field theory below the Schwinger limit. The proposed experiments should be able to detect a measurable number of gamma rays resulting from the annihilation of pairs in the focal spot of two opposing high-intensity laser beams. We discuss the dependence of the expected number of gamma rays with the laser parameters and compare with the estimated background level of gamma hits for realistic laser conditions. (C) 2009 Elsevier By. All rights reserved.

Item type: Article
ID code: 41657
Keywords: proposal, subcritical vacuum pair production , testing, high power lasers, Physics, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Radiation
Subjects: Science > Physics
Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
Faculty of Engineering > Civil and Environmental Engineering
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    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 15:00
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 18:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/41657

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