Pair production in a strong electric field

Y. Kluger, J. M. Eisenberg, B. Svetitsky, F. Cooper, E. Mottola

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We investigate the mechanism of pair creation in scalar QED from spatially homogeneous strong electric fields in 1+1 dimensions. Solution of the semiclassical field equations shows particle creation followed by plasma oscillations. We compare our results with a model based on a relativistic Boltzmann-Vlasov equation with a pair-creation source term related to the Schwinger mechanism. The time evolution of the electric field and the current obtained from the Boltzmann-Vlasov model is surprisingly similar to that found in the semiclassical calculation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2427-2430
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1991


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