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The quest for laser induced isomer production

Spohr, Klaus M. and Chapman, Robert and Hanvey, Scott and Ledingham, Ken and McCanny, Tom and McKenna, Paul and Robson, Lynne and Shaw, Martin (2006) The quest for laser induced isomer production. Journal of Modern Optics, 53 (16-17). pp. 2633-2640. ISSN 0950-0340

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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 gamma-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 Ta-181m, will be discussed.