Relativistic self-compression approaching the Schwinger limit

Padma K. Shukla, Bengt Eliasson, Mattias Marklund

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The effects of relativistic mass increase is considered in the context of intense laser–plasma interactions. It is found that the result of the relativistic effect is to enhance the self-compression and collapse of the intense laser pulse, making it possible to reach the Schwinger field limit, at which pair creation would need to be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2005


  • Schwinger limit
  • pair creation
  • laser-plasma

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