10.6084/m9.figshare.1012531.v1
François Fillion-Gourdeau
Emmanuel Lorin
André D Bandrauk
Total rate for zero to five nuclei, as a function of internucleus distance <em>R</em>, for (a) <em>F</em> = 0.2 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em>, (b) <em>F</em> = 0.09 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em> and (c) <em>F</em> = 0.05 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em>
2013
IOP Publishing
ground state dives
uranium nuclei
nuclei approaches
transmission coefficient
es
tunnelling result
pair production rate
internucleus distance R
production rate
interatomic distance
pair production mechanism
Quantum mechanics
pair production proceeds
energy states
2013-08-07 00:00:00
article
https://iop.figshare.com/articles/_Total_rate_for_zero_to_five_nuclei_as_a_function_of_internucleus_distance_em_R_em_for_a_em_F_em_0_2/1012531
<p><strong>Figure 4.</strong> Total rate for zero to five nuclei, as a function of internucleus distance <em>R</em>, for (a) <em>F</em> = 0.2 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em>, (b) <em>F</em> = 0.09 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em> and (c) <em>F</em> = 0.05 <b>×</b> <em>E<sub>S</sub></em>. The strength of the potential well is set to <em>g</em> = 0.8 (corresponding to uranium nuclei).</p> <p><strong>Abstract</strong></p> <p>Electron–positron pair production is considered for many-centre systems with multiple bare nuclei immersed in a constant electric field. It is shown that there are two distinct regimes where the pair production rate is enhanced. At small interatomic distance, the effective charge of the nuclei approaches the critical charge where the ground state dives into the negative continuum. This facilitates the transition from the negative to the positive energy states, which in turn increases the pair production rate. At larger atomic distance, the enhancement is due to the crossing of resonances and the pair production proceeds by the resonantly enhanced pair production mechanism. These processes are studied within a simple one-dimensional model. A numerical method is developed to evaluate the transmission coefficient in relativistic quantum mechanics, which is required in the calculation of the pair production rate. The latter is evaluated for systems with many (up to five) nuclei. It is shown that the production rate for many-centre systems can reach a few orders of magnitude above Schwinger's tunnelling result in a static field.</p>