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Mining the quantum vacuum: Quantum tunnelling and particle creation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian MossORCiD, Peter Stasiak



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© Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.Particle production from the vacuum is a remarkable aspect of particle physics. Prime examples are the Schwinger process of particle production in strong electric fields and the Hawking process of particle production from black holes. These processes can be viewed as quantum tunnelling of particles from the vacuum. The tunnelling approach, and the closely related instanton or complex path approaches, are reviewed here with emphasis on paths in the complex coordinate plane. The method is applied to particle production from a black hole in a magnetic field, where ultra-high energy charged particles are produced.

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Author(s): Moss IG, Stasiak PZ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Avenues of Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (AQFTCS 2022)

Year of Conference: 2022

Pages: 012014

Online publication date: 23/06/2023

Acceptance date: 02/04/2022

Date deposited: 18/09/2023

ISSN: 1742-6588

Publisher: Institute of Physics


DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/2531/1/012014

Series Title: Journal of Physics: Conference Series