The charged vacuum in over-critical fields

Johann Rafelski, B. Müller, W. Greiner

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Abstract

The concept of over-critical fields, i.e. fields in which spontaneous, energy-less electron-position pair creation may occur, is discussed. It is shown that only a charged vacuum can be a stable ground state of the overcritical field. The time-dependent treatment confirms previous results for the cross sections for the auto-ionizing positrons. The questions in connection with the classical Dirac wave functions in over-critical fields are extensively discussed in the frame of the self-consistent formulation of QED including the effects of vacuum polarization and self-energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-604
Number of pages20
JournalNuclear Physics B
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 1974
Externally publishedYes

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The charged vacuum in over-critical fields. / Rafelski, Johann; Müller, B.; Greiner, W.

In: Nuclear Physics B, Vol. 68, No. 2, 21.01.1974, p. 585-604.

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Rafelski, Johann ; Müller, B. ; Greiner, W. / The charged vacuum in over-critical fields. In: Nuclear Physics B. 1974 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 585-604.
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