Horizons of strong field physics

Lance Labun, Yaron Hadad, Johann Rafelski

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Abstract

Discussing the limitations on the validity of classical electrodynamics, we show that present day laser pulse technology applied to head-on-collisionswith relativistic electrons generates fields strong enough to permit experimentation at the limits of validity of the Lorentz force, and the development of experimental tests of Mach's principle. We also discuss more distant opportunities for exploring the nature of laws of physics and the vacuum structure. We then conclude that the predictions of quantum electrodynamics in the presence of critical fields are not completely satisfactory and argue that the study of Laser materialization into particle pairs opens a new domain of quantum electrodynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLight at Extreme Intensities
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities and Technological Issues of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, LEI 2009 - Proceedings of the Conference
Pages39-53
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 29 2010
Event1st International Conference on Light at Extreme Intensities - Scientific Opportunities and Technological Issues of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, LEI 2009 - Brasov, Romania
Duration: Oct 16 2009Oct 21 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1228
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Light at Extreme Intensities - Scientific Opportunities and Technological Issues of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, LEI 2009
CountryRomania
CityBrasov
Period10/16/0910/21/09

Keywords

  • Critical acceleration
  • Hawking-unruh temperature
  • Inertia
  • Lorentz force
  • Mach's principle
  • Radiation reaction
  • Strong electromagnetic fields
  • Vacuum structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Labun, L., Hadad, Y., & Rafelski, J. (2010). Horizons of strong field physics. In Light at Extreme Intensities: Opportunities and Technological Issues of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, LEI 2009 - Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 39-53). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1228). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3426079