# Observing Thermal Schwinger Pair Production

@article{Gould2018ObservingTS,
title={Observing Thermal Schwinger Pair Production},
author={O. Gould and S. Mangles and A. Rajantie and S. Rose and Cheng Xie},
journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology},
year={2018}
}
• O. Gould, +2 authors Cheng Xie
• Published 2018
• Physics
• arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
We study the possibility of observing Schwinger pair production enhanced by a thermal bath of photons. We consider the full range of temperatures and electric field intensities, and identify the most promising and interesting regimes. In particular we identify temperatures of $\sim 20~\mathrm{keV}/k_B$ and field intensities of $\sim 10^{23}~\mathrm{Wcm}^{-2}$ where pair production would be observable. In this case the thermal enhancement over the Schwinger rate is exponentially large and due to… Expand
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