Stabilization of the charged vacuum created by very strong electrical fields in nuclear matter

Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski

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Abstract

The expectation value of electrical charge in charged vacuum is calculated utilizing the Thomas-Fermi model. We find almost complete screening of the nuclear charge. For any given nuclear density there is an upper bound for the electrical potential. For normal nuclear densities this value is - 250 MeV. This suggests that the vacuum is stable against spontaneous formation of heavy, charged particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975
Externally publishedYes

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