Critical acceleration and quantum vacuum

Johann Rafelski, Lance Labun

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Little is known about the physics frontier of strong acceleration; both classical and quantum physics need further development in order to be able to address this newly accessible area of physics. In this lecture we discuss what strong acceleration means and possible experiments using electron-laser collisions and, data available from ultra- relativistic heavy ion collisions. We review the foundations of the current understanding of charged particle dynamics in presence of critical forces and discuss the radiation reaction inconsistency in electromagnetic theory and the apparent relation with quantum physics and strong field particle production phenomena. The role of the quantum vacuum as an inertial reference frame is emphasized, as well as the absence of such a ‘Machian’ reference frame in the conventional classical limit of quantum field theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1st LeCosPA Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Ultimate Understanding of the Universe, LeCosPA 2012
EditorsPisin Chen
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789814449366
StatePublished - 2013
Event1st Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics Symposium, LeCosPA 2012 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Feb 6 2012Feb 9 2012

Publication series

Name1st LeCosPA Symposium: Towards Ultimate Understanding of the Universe, LeCosPA 2012


Other1st Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics Symposium, LeCosPA 2012
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Acceleration
  • Electron-laser collisions
  • Mach’s principle
  • Quantum vacuum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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