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Pair production in a plane wave by thermal background photons

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King,  B.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Di Piazza,  A.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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King, B., Gies, H., & Di Piazza, A. (2012). Pair production in a plane wave by thermal background photons. Physical Review D, 86(12): 125007, pp. 1-5. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.86.125007.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-9674-2
Abstract
Ever since Schwinger published his influential paper [ J. Schwinger Phys. Rev. 82 664 (1951)], the maxim that there can be no pair creation in a plane wave has been often cited. We advance an analysis that indicates that in any real situation, where thermal effects are present, in a single plane-wave field, even in the limit of zero frequency (a constant crossed field), thermal photons can seed pair creation. Interestingly, the pair-production rate is found to depend nonperturbatively on both the amplitude of the constant crossed field and on the temperature.