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Holographic Schwinger Effect
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Theoretical Physics.
2011 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 107, no 17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study tunneling pair creation of W-Bosons by an external electric field on the Coulomb branch of N=4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. We use AdS/CFT holography to find a generalization of Schwinger's formula for the pair production rate to the strong coupling, planar limit which includes the exchange of virtual massless particles to all orders. We find that the pair creation formula has an upper critical electric field beyond which the process is no longer exponentially suppressed. The value of the critical field is identical to that which occurs in the Born-Infeld action of probe D3-branes in the AdS5XS5 background.

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2011. Vol. 107, no 17
Keyword [en]
gauge field theory: Yang-Mills: supersymmetry | particle: massless | supersymmetry: 4 | cross section: calculated | electric field: external field | AdS/CFT correspondence | holography | tunneling | Coulomb | approximation: planar | approximation: strong coupling | field equations: classical | field theory: conformal | pair production | membrane model | Wilson loop | expansion 1/N
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Subatomic Physics
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Theoretical Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196358DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.171601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196358DiVA: diva2:609976
Available from: 2013-03-08 Created: 2013-03-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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