Vacuum Structure in Intense Fields

  • H. M. Fried
  • Berndt Müller

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 255)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introductory Remarks

  3. Particles in Strong/Supercritical Fields

    1. S. Graf, B. Müller, E. Stein, J. Reinhardt, G. Soff, W. Greiner
      Pages 119-151
    2. Jürgen Augustin, Stefan Graf, Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller
      Pages 153-156
    3. Ch. Hofmann, J. Reinhardt, G. Soff, W. Greiner, P. Schlüter
      Pages 157-163
    4. M. Greiner, M. Vidović, J. Rau, C. Hofmann, G. Soff
      Pages 165-175
  4. Quantum Electrodynamics in Intense Fields

  5. Related Quantum Field Theory/Particle Theory Considerations

  6. Summary Lecture

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-443

About this book


This Advanced Study Institute (ASI) brought together two distinct ·"schools of approach" to Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) in the presence of intense, external, electromagnetic fields, in an effort to lay a joint foundation for a needed theoretical explanation of the sharp e+ e- "resonances" observed in the scattering of very heavy IOns. These (GSI/Darmstadt) experiments, whose history, latest reconfirmations, and most recent data were presented in three opening sessions (Bokemeyer, Koenig), show a smooth background of positron (e+) production, as a function of e+ kinetic energy. Superimposed upon this background are four very sharp peaks, of narrow widths (~ 30 KeV) and of clear experimental significance ('" 5 standard deviations). Most ofthese peaks correspond to sharp, essentially back-to-back electron-positron emission in the ions' center of mass. Following the approach of "supercritical" potential theory (SPT), where the total ionic charge unit Z satisfies Z > 137, it has been possible to provide a detailed and apparently correct understanding of the smooth e+ e- background; a coherent description of different facets of this approach, emphasizing the nature of the charged, supercritical vacuum, was described by the authors responsible for the invention of SPT (Greiner, Muller, Rafelski). In addition, predictions for related phenomena were outlined by other lecturers using the SPT approach (Bawin, Soff, SsJrensen).


Potential Renormalization group electromagnetic field field theory gluon heavy ion ion quantum chromodynamics quantum electrodynamics quantum field theory radiation scattering

Editors and affiliations

  • H. M. Fried
    • 1
  • Berndt Müller
    • 2
  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-0443-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-0441-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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