Volume 61, Number 1, January 2003
|Page(s)||47 - 52|
|Published online||01 January 2003|
Fission of actinides using a tabletop laser
Institut für Optik und Quantenelektronik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany
2 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements Postfach 2340, 76125 Karlsruhe, Germany
3 Nukleare Festkörperphysik, Universität Leipzig - Linnéstr. 5, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 8 October 2002
Powerful tabletop lasers are now available in the laboratory and can be used to induce nuclear reactions. We report the first demonstration of nuclear fission using a high repetition rate tabletop laser with intensities of 1020 . Actinide photo-fission has been achieved in both and from the high-energy bremsstrahlung radiation produced by laser acceleration of electrons. The fission products were identified by time-resolved γ-spectroscopy.
PACS: 25.85.Jg – Photofission / 52.38.Ph – X-ray, gamma-ray and particle generation / 25.20.-x – Photonuclear reactions
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