Chiral Fermion Pair Production from Parallel E and B Fields (and the Physics Involved)
by Gerald Cleaver
As recent articles [1-7] further suggest, matter/antimatter (MAM)-based propulsion systems may be viable options for both intrasolar system and interstellar travel. Several critical design and engineering issues, especially with regard to the interstellar case, have been raised in these articles and will likely take a long time to resolve. As the articles have discussed, MAM could be (i) collected in advance of a space journey (and then stored in separate magnetic bottles or rings until needed for thrust) and/or collected along the journey through interstellar space [2-5] , or (ii) created on-board the ship . One suggestion for advanced collection (or for sporadic collection en route during encounters with solar systems) is from gaseous Jovian-like planets or (as suggested by PAMELA results) from the Van Allen belt of earth-like planets. Alternately, Obousy investigates in  the feasibility and functionality of on-board MAM creation via Schwinger pair production from the vacuum of space through intense electric field quantum effects. With regard to this, Obousy notes that lasers are reaching the critical strength to produce in this manner real electron-positron pairs. For MAM collection or creation, additional external magnetic fields are then needed to align the MAM in the chosen direction of thrust. Collection and creation options were considered and compared in , including pair production rates and related costs.
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This is a submission by the Icarus Interstellar Exotic Research Group.