Pion and muon production in electron-positron photon plasma

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Kuznetsova, Inga
Habs, Dietrich
Rafelski, Johann
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We study production and equilibration of pions and muons in relativistic electron-positron-photon plasma at a temperature $T\ll m_\mu, m_\pi $. We argue that the observation of pions and muons can be a diagnostic tool in the study of the initial properties of such a plasma formed by means of strong laser fields. Conversely, properties of muons and pions in thermal environment become accessible to precise experimental study.
Comment: 16 pages, v3 imporved presentation in response to PRD review, v4 minor corrections presumably the "to be" published version
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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Nuclear Experiment, Nuclear Theory, Physics - Optics, Physics - Plasma Physics
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