Strong field physics: Probing critical acceleration and inertia with laser pulses and Quark-Gluon plasma

Lance Labun, Jan Rafelski

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Understanding physics in domains of critical (quantum unstable) fields requires investigating the classical and quantum particle dynamics at the critical acceleration, u̇ → 1 [natural units]. This regime of physics remains today experimentally practically untested. Particle and laser pulse collision experiments reaching critical acceleration are becoming feasible. Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions breach the critical domain but are complicated by the presence of much other physics. The infamous problem of radiation reaction and the challenging environment of quantum vacuum instability arising in the high field domain signal the need for a thorough redress of the present theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2763-2783
Number of pages21
JournalActa Physica Polonica B
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event50th Cracow School of Theoretical Physics "Particle Physics at the Dawn of the LHC" - Zakopane, Poland
Duration: Jun 9 2010Jun 19 2010


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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