Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Physics Letters, Section B

Volume

686

Issue

1

First Page

29

Last Page

35

DOI

10.1016/j.physletb.2010.02.026

Abstract

We consider scattering of a photon on a short intense laser pulse at high energy. We argue that for ultrashort laser pulses the interaction is coherent over the entire length of the pulse. At low pulse intensity I the total cross section for electron–positron pair production is proportional to I. However, at pulse intensities higher than the characteristic value Is , the total cross section saturates – it becomes proportional to the logarithm of intensity. This non-linear effect is due to multi-photon interactions. We derive the total cross section for pair production at high energies by resuming the multi-photon amplitudes to all orders in intensity. We calculate the saturation intensity Is and show that it is significantly lower than the Schwinger’s critical value. We discuss possible experimental tests.

Comments

This article is from Physics Letters, Section B 686 (2010): 29, doi: 10.1016/j.physletb.2010.02.026. Posted with permission.

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Copyright Owner

Elsevier

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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