The quest for laser induced isomer production

Klaus M. Spohr, Robert Chapman, Scott Hanvey, Ken Ledingham, Tom Mccanny, Paul Mckenna, Lynne Robson, Martin Shaw

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Abstract

Research into nuclear isomers can lead to the development of a gamma-ray laser (GRASER), thus opening up the perspective of quantum optical studies on high energetic γ-radiation. The unique capabilities of novel, ultra-high intensity multi-tera- and petawatt laser facilities enable investigations into a possible direct population of nuclear isomers via hot electron plasmas. We present the theoretical rationale and review performed measurements. A new experimental strategy to find unambiguous evidence for the direct laser induced population of the short lived 181mTa, will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2633-2640
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Volume53
Issue number16-17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Spohr, K. M., Chapman, R., Hanvey, S., Ledingham, K., Mccanny, T., Mckenna, P., ... Shaw, M. (2006). The quest for laser induced isomer production. Journal of Modern Optics, 53(16-17), 2633-2640. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500340600895631