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Nuclear physics studies using high energy lasers

Abstract : This paper presents several mechanisms expected to be responsible for nuclear excitation in laser-heated plasma. Attempts to detect such processes in nuclei initially in their ground state are discussed in 181Ta and 235U cases. A calculation of the nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) rate is presented in a 201Hg plasma at local thermodynamic equilibrium. We also report on a new way of de-exciting isomeric states in plasma. This indirect decay mode is illustrated in the case of the 84Rb isomer nucleus.
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F. Gobet, G. Gosselin, V. Meot. Nuclear physics studies using high energy lasers. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Elsevier, 2011, 653, pp.80-83. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2011.01.106⟩. ⟨in2p3-00657201⟩



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