Induced decay of the neutral vaccum in overcritical fields occurring in heavy-ion collisions


Journal Article

In critical or nearly critical heavy-ion collisions, induced as well as spontaneous energyless e-e+ pair creation result in the decay of the neutral vacuum. Induced transitions from the negative-energy continuum into a vacant molecular 1s level can occur even in the absence of diving and produce a substantial enhancement and broadening of the previously considered spontaneous positron spectrum. Total cross sections of 5 b have been calculated for U-U collisions. © 1974 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Smith, K; Peitz, H; Müller, B; Greiner, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 1974

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 554 - 556

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.32.554

Citation Source

  • Scopus