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Title: Schwinger pair production in electric and magnetic fields

Abstract

Charged particles in static electric and magnetic fields have Landau levels and tunneling states from the vacuum. Using the instanton method of Phys. Rev. D 65, 105002 (2002), we obtain the formulas for the pair-production rate in spinor and scalar QED, which sum over all Landau levels and recover exactly the well-known results. The pair-production rates are calculated for an electric field of finite extent, and for the Sauter potential, both with a constant magnetic field also present, and are shown to have finite-size effects.

Authors:
;  [1];  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Kunsan National University, Kunsan 573-701, Korea and Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)
  2. (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20782691
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. D, Particles Fields; Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.73.065020; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; CHARGED PARTICLES; ELECTRIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PAIR PRODUCTION; POTENTIALS; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; SCALARS; TUNNEL EFFECT

Citation Formats

Kim, Sang Pyo, Page, Don N., and Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J1. Schwinger pair production in electric and magnetic fields. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.73.065020.
Kim, Sang Pyo, Page, Don N., & Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J1. Schwinger pair production in electric and magnetic fields. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.73.065020.
Kim, Sang Pyo, Page, Don N., and Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J1. Wed . "Schwinger pair production in electric and magnetic fields". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.73.065020.
@article{osti_20782691,
title = {Schwinger pair production in electric and magnetic fields},
author = {Kim, Sang Pyo and Page, Don N. and Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J1},
abstractNote = {Charged particles in static electric and magnetic fields have Landau levels and tunneling states from the vacuum. Using the instanton method of Phys. Rev. D 65, 105002 (2002), we obtain the formulas for the pair-production rate in spinor and scalar QED, which sum over all Landau levels and recover exactly the well-known results. The pair-production rates are calculated for an electric field of finite extent, and for the Sauter potential, both with a constant magnetic field also present, and are shown to have finite-size effects.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVD.73.065020},
journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
number = 6,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}