Coherent photon-photon interactions in very peripheral relativistic heavy ion collisions
Institut für Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
2 Jülich Centre for Hadron Physics, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
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Published online: 6 February 2009
Heavy ions at high velocities provide very strong electromagnetic fields for a very short time. The main characteristics of ultraperipheral relativistic heavy ion collisions are reviewed, characteristic parameters are identified. The main interest in ultraperipheral heavy ion collisions at relativistic ion colliders like the LHC is the interactions of very high energy (equivalent) photons with the countermoving (equivalent) photons and hadrons (protons/ions). The physics of these interactions is quite different from and complementary to the physics of the strong fields achieved with current and future lasers.
PACS: 25.75.Ag – Global features in relativistic heavy ion collisions
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