Scattering in time-dependent basis light-front quantization
Journal article, 2013

We introduce a nonperturbative, first-principles numerical approach for solving time-dependent problems in quantum field theory, using light-front quantization. As a first application we consider QED in a strong background field, and the process of nonlinear Compton scattering in which an electron is excited by the background and emits a photon. We track the evolution of the quantum state as a function of time. Observables, such as the invariant mass of the electron-photon pair, are first checked against results from perturbation theory, for suitable parameters. We then proceed to a test case in the strong background field regime and discuss the various nonperturbative effects revealed by the approach.

formulation

plane electromagnetic wave

constant field

quantum-field theory

schrodinger-equation

shell-model

cone quantization

one space

qcd

electrodynamics

Author

X. B. Zhao

Antony Ilderton

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

Pieter Maris

J. P. Vary

Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology

1550-7998 (ISSN)

Vol. 88 6

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevD.88.065014

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10/8/2017