Particle-beam scattering from strong-field QED

Tim Adamo, Anton Ilderton, Alexander J. MacLeod

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We consider the scattering of probe particles on an ultra-boosted beam of charge, in the case that the fields of the beam are strong and must be treated non-perturbatively. We show that the fields of the ultra-boosted beam act as stochastic plane waves - scattering amplitudes (of elastic scattering, nonlinear Compton and nonlinear Breit-Wheeler) are obtained without approximation by averaging plane wave scattering amplitudes over all possible plane wave parameters. The relevant plane waves are ultra-short and, as such, scattering on ultra-boosted beams does not exhibit the conjectured strong-field behaviour of QED based on the locally constant field approximation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number116013
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2021


  • hep-ph
  • hep-th


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