Quantum kinetics of particle production in strong fields

Overview

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This project was devoted to investigations that should deepen our understanding of the fundamental principles governing the phenomenon of particle creation in strong fields. The results of these studies were directly applied in three domains of modern physics:
  • A) Laser colliders, where the dynamical Schwinger effect of creating electron-positron pairs from the vacuum can be tested. For the development of the laser technologies that will make such experiments possible in the future the Nobel prize in Physics 2018 was awarded;

  • B) Graphene (Nobel prize 2010), the material which allows tests of chiral field theories that apply for (approximately) massless fermions, like quarks, which gain their mass from dynamical symmetry breaking (Nobel prize 2008), similar to the Higgs mechanism (Nobel prize 2013). Here the creation of electron-hole pairs (and their correlations - excitons) by application of a strong electric field was studied;

  • C) Relativistic heavy-ion collisions, where quarks and gluons are produced in strong, time-dependent color-electric fields (flux-tubes) and, after their bound state formation (hadronization) show generally a thermal distribution as well as a chemical composition astonishingly well described by a simple statistical model, except the lightest hadrons, the pions, which indicate the onset of Bose-Einstein condensation (Nobel prize 2001).

The common theme of the studies in these diverse directions is the kinetic equation approach with a Schwinger-type source term for particle production in strong, time-dependent external fields. For the rather complex and challenging situation in heavy-ion collisions, after the parton (quarks and gluons) production stage which is described by this dynamical Schwinger effect, elastic scattering processes leading to thermalization and the conversion of partons to hadrons by a schematic hadronization process is studied. The highlight of this innovative, exploratory calculation is a direct relation between the overpopulation of gluonic phase space and the low-momentum enhancement of the pion distribution as a precursor of Bose-Einstein condensation. While this effect, observed by the ALICE experiment at CERN-LHC, has been attributed to Bose-Einstein condensation of pions and their non-equilibrium distribution function before, the elucidation of the nonequilibrium kinetic process behind this effect was so far missing. Another pioneering result of the studies was a contribution to the understanding of sudden chemical freeze-out due to the localization of the (multi-) quark wave function into a hadronic one when traversing the phase border in the QCD phase diagram, analogously to the Mott-Anderson localization effect (Nobel prize 1977), when the color (super)conducting state of the quark-gluon plasma transforms into a color-insulating hadron gas.

We made important contributions to popularization of these fundamental science topics and our results as well as to educating the young generation of scientists, by organizing a Winter College on “Nonlinear Optics, Attosecond Science and High-Field Physics” at the ICTP Trieste, Italy (February 5-17, 2018) and a Helmholtz International Summer School on “Quantum Field Theories at the Limits: From Strong Fields to Heavy Quarks”, JINR Dubna, Russia (July 18-30, 2016).

One PhD Thesis was completed (E. Nazarova, 12/2018) and two are in the final stage (L. Juchnowski & M. Naskret).

The results are published (or submitted to publication) in 13 journal articles, 9 Proceedings contributions and 1 Book chapter.

Publications in refereed journals

Dynamical Schwinger effect: Properties of the e+ e- plasma created from vacuum in strong laser fields
By D. Blaschke, L. Juchnowski, A. Panferov, S. Smolyansky,
Phys. Part. Nucl. 46 (2015) no.5, 797-800

Pair production by Schwinger and Breit–Wheeler processes in bi-frequent fields
By A. Otto, T. Nousch , D. Seipt , B. Kämpfer, D. Blaschke, A.D. Panferov, S.A. Smolyansky, A.I. Titov,
J. Plasma Phys. 82 (2016) no.3, 655820301

Assisted dynamical Schwinger effect: pair production in a pulsed bifrequent field
By A. D. Panferov, S. A. Smolyansky, A. Otto, B. Kämpfer, D. B. Blaschke,
L. Juchnowski,
Eur. Phys. J. D70 (2016) no.3, 56

Neutrino emissivities and bulk viscosity in neutral two-flavor quark matter
By J. Berdermann, D. Blaschke, T. Fischer, A. Kachanovich,
Phys. Rev. D94 (2016) no.12, 123010

Vacuum particle-antiparticle creation in strong fields as a field induced phase transition
By S.A. Smolyansky, A.D. Panferov, D.B. Blaschke, L. Juchnowski, B. Kämpfer, A. Otto,
Russ. Phys. J. 59 (2017) no.11, 1731-1738

NA61/SHINE Experiment—Program beyond 2020
By Ludwik Turko,
Particles 2018, 1(1), 296-304
[arXiv:1811.05522 [nucl-ex]]]

Looking for the Phase Transition—Recent NA61/SHINE Results
By Ludwik Turko,
Universe 4 (2018) no.3, 52

Measurements of 𝜋±, 𝐾± and proton yields from the surface of the T2K replica target for incoming 31 GeV/c protons with the NA61/SHINE spectrometer at the CERN SPS
By N. Abgrall et al. (including M. Naskret and L. Turko),
(submitted to in Eur. Phys. J. C)

Thermodynamics of a generalized graphene-motivated (2+1) - dimensional Gross-Neveu model beyond mean field within the Beth-Uhlenbeck approach
By D. Ebert, D. Blaschke,
(submitted to in Annals Phys.)

Universal chemical freeze-out of hadrons in heavy-ion collisions
By D. Blaschke, J. Jankowski, M. Naskret,
(submitted to in Eur. Phys. J. C)

Nonperturbative kinetic description of electron-hole excitations in graphene in a time dependent electric field of arbitrary polarization
By S. A. Smolyansky, A. D. Panferov, D. B. Blaschke, N. T. Gevorgyan,
(submitted to in Particles)

Low-momentum pion enhancement from schematic hadronization of a gluon-saturated initial state
By E. N. Nazarova, L. Juchnowski, D. B. Blaschke, T. Fischer
(submitted to in Particles)

Kinetic approach to pair production in strong fields - Two lessons for applications to heavy-ion collisions
By D. B. Blaschke, L. Juchnowski, A. Otto
(submitted to in Particles)

Chapters in books

Laser assisted Breit-Wheeler and Schwinger processes
By T. Nousch, A. Otto, D. Seipt, B. Kaempfer, A.I. Titov, D. Blaschke, A.D. Panferov, S.A. Smolyansky,
New Horizons in Fundamental Physics, FIAS Interdisciplinary Science Series

Proceedings

Nonequilibrium meson production in strong fields
By L. Juchnowski, D. Blaschke, T. Fischer, S. A. Smolyansky,
J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 673 (2016) no.1, 012009

Schwinger effect at modern laser facilities
By D. Blaschke, N. T. Gevorgyan, A. D. Panferov, S. A. Smolyansky,
J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 672, 012020

Field induced phase transition in the few photon regime
By A. D. Panferov, S. A. Smolyansky, A. I. Titov, B. Kaempfer, A. Otto, D. B. Blaschke, L. Juchnowski,
EPJ Web Conf. 138 (2017) 07004

Generalized Beth-Uhlenbeck approach to the equation of state for quark-hadron matter
By D. Blaschke, A. Dubinin, L. Turko
Acta Phys.Polon.Supp. 10 (2017) 473-480

Particle Production in Strong Time-dependent Fields
By D. B. Blaschke, S. A. Smolyansky, A. Panferov, L. Juchnowski
DESY-PROC-2016-04

Comparing two different descriptions of the I-V characteristic of graphene: theory and experiment
By A. Panferov, S. Smolyansky, D Blaschke, N. Gevorgyan,
(accepted for publication in Eur. Phys. J. Web of Conferences)

Possible signals of two QCD phase transitions at NICA-FAIR energies
By A. K. A. Bugaev et al. (including D. B. Blaschke,
(submitted to in Eur. Phys. J. Web of Conferences)

On separate chemical freeze-outs of hadrons and light (anti)nuclei in high energy nuclear collisions
By A. K. A. Bugaev et al. (including D. B. Blaschke,
(submitted to in Journal of Physics Conference Series)

Public outreach

Organized conferences

Quantum Field Theory at the Limits: from Strong Fields to Heavy Quarks,
Dubna, 18 - 30 July 2016

XXXIX Max Born Symposium: 5th International Symposium on Optics and
its applications (OPTICS-2017), 3 - 7 July, 2017 Wroclaw, Poland

Winter College on Extreme Non-linear Optics, Attosecond Science and High-field Physics,
Trieste, Italy, 5 - 15 February 2018

Colloquium on Nonequilibrium phenomena in strongly correlated systems,
Dubna, 18 - 19 April 2018

Some talks

Nonequilibrium pion distribution in heavy-ion collisions from the Zubarev approach
by David Blaschke
Colloquium on Nonequilibrium phenomena in strongly correlated systems,
Dubna, 18 - 19 April 2018

Particle Production in Strong Time-dependent Fields
by David Blaschke
Winter College on Extreme Non-linear Optics, Attosecond Science and High-field Physics,
Trieste, Italy, 5 - 15 February 2018

Kinetic equation approach to particle production - from laser to heavy-ion colliders
by David Blaschke
LPHYS' 18, Nottingham, July 16-20, 2018

Relaxation rates and phase transitions by Jakub Jankowski
ZIMÁNYI SCHOOL'16
5-9 December 2016,
Wigner Research Center for Physics, Budapest, Hungary

Dynamics, phase transitions and holography [pdf] [mp3] by Jakub Jankowski
Recent Trends in String Theory and Related Topics
8-11 May 2017 (18-21 Ordibehesht 96) IPM, Tehran, Iran

NA61/SHINE program beyond 2020
by Ludwik Turko
II International Workshop on Simulations of HIC for NICA energies
and Colloquium on Nonequilibrium phenomena in strongly correlated systems
16-19 April 2018 Dubna, Russia

Nonequilibrium meson production in strong fields
by Łukasz Juchnowskio
II International Workshop on Simulations of HIC for NICA energies
and Colloquium on Nonequilibrium phenomena in strongly correlated systems
16-19 April 2018 Dubna, Russia