Experimental investigation of strong field trident production

Esberg J., Kirsebom K., Knudsen H., Thomsen H. D. , Uggerhoj E., Uggerhoj U. I. , ...Daha Fazla

PHYSICAL REVIEW D, cilt.82, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier


We show by experiment that an electron impinging on an electric field that is of critical magnitude in its rest frame, may produce an electron-positron pair. Our measurements address higher-order QED, using the strong electric fields obtainable along particular crystallographic directions in single crystals. For the amorphous material our data are in good agreement with theory, whereas a discrepancy with theory on the magnitude of the trident enhancement is found in the precisely aligned case where the strong electric field acts.