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Low-energy nuclear transitions in subrelativistic laser-generated plasmas

  • O. Renner (a1), L. Juha (a1), J. Krasa (a1), E. Krousky (a1), M. Pfeifer (a1), A. Velyhan (a1), C. Granja (a2), J. Jakubek (a2), V. Linhart (a2), T. Slavicek (a2), Z. Vykydal (a2), S. Pospisil (a2), J. Kravarik (a3), J. Ullschmied (a4), A.A. Andreev (a5), T. Kämpfer (a6), I. Uschmann (a6) and E. Förster (a6)...


The aim of the reported research is to contribute to investigation of new processes and methods interlinking nuclear and laser-plasma physics. With respect to requirements of nuclear experiments at medium-size high-power lasers, the selection of proper candidates for studying the excitation and decay of low-lying nuclear states is reviewed. An experimental approach to the identification of low-energy nuclear transitions is discussed, simple estimates of the 181Ta excitation yield in the laser-generated plasma provide a theoretical basis for planning future work. First tests and results of the experiments at the laser facility PALS are presented.


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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Oldrich Renner, Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8, Czech Republic. E-mail:


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