|Description||Matter/antimatter (MAM)-based propulsion systems are viable options for both intrasolar
system and interstellar travel. For example, the feasibility and functionality of on-board
Schwinger electron-positron pair production via high power lasers has received growing
interest lately. In this talk an alternate in-situ MAM production method will be discussed.
Production of quark-antiquark pairs via interaction of parallel electric and magnetic fields
associated with chiral symmetry breaking will be reviewed. Emphasis will be on the physics
involved in the quark pair production and in the basic design of a related propulsion system|