Perturbative and Nonperturbative Em Lepton Pair Production in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions

  • Volker E. Oberacker
  • Jack C. Wells
  • A. Sait Umar
  • Michael R. Strayer
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 335)


In this talk, I will focus on electromagnetic dilepton production from the QED-vacuum in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. Heavy ions in relativistic motion generate strong time-dependent EM fields with large Fourier components which give rise to sizable pair production. There are several motivations for our studies: Lepton pair production by hadronic (Drell-Yan) processes has been widely discussed as a possible signature of the quark-gluon plasma formation1. The dominant background will come from electromagnetic sources and could even mask the signals from the plasma phase2.


Pair Production RHIC Energy Lepton Pair Production Positron Momentum Cartesian Lattice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker E. Oberacker
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jack C. Wells
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • A. Sait Umar
    • 1
    • 3
  • Michael R. Strayer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Computationally Intensive Physics, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Physics DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Physics & AstronomyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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