Strong field dependence of the fine structure constant

Alan Chodos, David A. Owen, Charles M. Sommerfield

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Abstract

The fine structure constant as a function of a constant background field is extracted from Schwinger's "proper-time" formalism. It shows an increase, albeit logarithmic, with field strength. Implications of this result for the observed e+e- peaks in heavy ion collisions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-494
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume212
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 6 Oct 1988
Externally publishedYes

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