Particle Interactions in High-Temperature Plasmas

  • Oliver James Pike

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-144

About this book


This thesis makes two important contributions to plasma physics. The first is the extension of the seminal theoretical works of Spitzer and Braginskii, which describe the basics of particle interactions in plasma, to relativistic systems. Relativistic plasmas have long been studied in high-energy astrophysics and are becoming increasingly attainable in the laboratory. The second is the design of a new class of photon–photon collider, which is the first capable of detecting the Breit–Wheeler process. Though it offers the simplest way for light to be converted into matter, the process has never been detected in the 80 years since its theoretical prediction. The experimental scheme proposed here exploits the radiation used in inertial confinement fusion experiments and could in principle be implemented in one of several current-generation facilities.


Relativistic Plasma Inertial Confinement Fusion High-Energy Astrophysics High-Energy Density Physics High Power Laser Laser Wakefield Acceleration Electron-Positron Pair Production Breit-Wheeler Process

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver James Pike
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  1. 1.Blackett Laboratory, Department of PhysicsImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63446-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63447-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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