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  • Received: Jul. 1, 2020

    Accepted: Aug. 31, 2020

    Posted: Dec. 10, 2020

    Published Online: Nov. 23, 2020

    The Author Email: Bai-Song Xie (

    DOI: 10.1017/hpl.2020.36

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    Obulkasim Olugh, Zi-Liang Li, Bai-Song Xie. Asymmetric pulse effects on pair production in polarized electric fields[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2020, 8(4): 04000e38

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High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 04000e38 (2020)

Asymmetric pulse effects on pair production in polarized electric fields

Obulkasim Olugh1,2, Zi-Liang Li3, and Bai-Song Xie1,4,*

Author Affiliations

  • 1Key Laboratory of Beam Technology of the Ministry of Education, and College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing100875, China
  • 2Xinjiang Police College, Urumqi830011, China
  • 3School of Science, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing100083, China
  • 4Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing100875, China


Using the Dirac–Heisenberg–Wigner formalism, effects of the asymmetric pulse shape on the generation of electron-positron pairs in three typical polarized fields, i.e., linear, middle elliptical and circular fields, are investigated. Two kinds of asymmetries for the falling pulse length, short and elongated, are studied. We find that the interference effect disappears with the shorter pulse length and that the peak value of the momentum spectrum is concentrated in the center of the momentum space. In the case of the extending falling pulse length, a multiring structure without interference appears in the momentum spectrum. Research results show that the momentum spectrum is very sensitive to the asymmetry of the pulse as well as to the polarization of the fields. We also find that the number density of electron-positron pairs under different polarizations is sensitive to the asymmetry of the electric field. For the short falling pulse, the number density can be significantly enhanced by over two orders of magnitude. These results could be useful in planning high-power and/or high-intensity laser experiments.


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