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Adiabatic Pair Creation

Mathematical Physics & Probability

Speaker: Peter Pickl, LMU Munich
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Wed, Mar 6 2013, 4:10PM

The planned generation of lasers and heavy ion colliders renews the hope to see electron-positron pair creation in strong classical fields. This old prediction is usually referred to as spontaneous pair creation. We observe that both - heavy ion collisions and pair creation in strong laser fields - are instances of the theory of adiabatic pair creation. We shall present the theory and conclude that pure laser based experiments are highly questionable.