Theory Seminars

Schwinger pair production and non-Abelian electric fields

by Prof. Tanmay Vachaspati (Arizona State U.)

IFAE Seminar Room (In-person seminar)

IFAE Seminar Room

In-person seminar

An electric field in pure Maxwell theory is stable. However, if there are charged particles in the theory, the electric field decays due to Schwinger pair production. In pure non-Abelian gauge theories, the gauge particles are themselves charged, leading to the question whether a non-Abelian electric field, such as in a confining string, can be stable. will discuss electric fields due to certain non-Abelian gauge configurations that are protected from Schwinger pair production and may be candidates for ``electric strings''.
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