Resistive tearing is a primary candidate for flares occurring in stressed magnetic fields. Its possible application to the strongly magnetized environments (Hz1012 G) near the surface of neutron stars motivates a quantum treatment of this process, which requires knowledge of the electrical conductivity of a relativistic gas in a new domain, i.e., that of a low-density (ne) plasma in oblique electric [E=(0, Ey, Ez)] and magnetic fields. We derive the mathematical formalism for calculating and present numerical results for the range of parameter values 109Hz1012 G, EzHz10-4, Ey10-4Hz2Ez, and 1020ne1025 cm-3. We find that Ey2Ezne2Hz2 over this range.
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