YITP Molecule-Type Virtual (Zoom) Workshop

The Schwinger Effect and Strong-Field Physics

January 18 - 29, 2021
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University


The Schwinger effect predicts the quantum field theoretic vacuum is unstable against particle anti-particle production in the presence of a strong electric field. Whether strong QED in high-power lasers, color flux tube breaking in heavy ion collisions, or in Landau-Zener transitions in condensed matter environments, the Schwinger effect plays a prominent role. As a bridge to non-perturbative quantum field theory experimentation, it is of paramount importance to observe the Schwinger effect. And there is an accelerating body of research aimed at achieving the task. Even so, there are few meetings devoted to the Schwinger effect and strong field physics. We hope to provide such an opportunity, potentially facilitating new and groundbreaking threads of research leading to the observation of the Schwinger effect.

Schedule and Online Access


Core Participants

Antonino Di Piazza (Heidelberg, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics)
François Gelis (IPhT, Saclay)
Takashi Oka (ISSP, U-Tokyo)

Invited Speakers

James Daniel Brandenburg (Brookhaven National Laboratory & Center For Frontiers in Nuclear Science)
Maxim Chernodub (Institut Denis Poisson, Tours, CNRS, France)
Alexander Fedotov (National Research Nuclear University MEPhI)
Kenji Fukushima (The University of Tokyo)
Yoshimasa Hidaka (KEK, Tsukuba)
Tatsuhiko Ikeda (Tokyo U., ISSP)
Anton Ilderton (Plymouth U.)
Felix Karbstein (Helmholtz Inst., Jena and U. Jena)
Sebastian Meuren (SLAC)
Shi Pu (USTC)
Sören Schlichting (Bielefeld U.)
Ralf Schützhold (HZDR, Dresden and Dresden, Tech. U., ITP)
Kazuaki Takasan (UC, Berkeley)
Koichiro Tanaka (Kyoto U.)


Patrick Copinger (YITP, Kyoto U.)
Koichi Hattori (YITP, Kyoto U.)
Akira Ohnishi (YITP, Kyoto U.)
Hidetoshi Taya (Keio U.)
Atsushi Watanabe -Program Coordinator- (YITP, Kyoto U.)