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Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Research: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 653 (2011) 80-83
Nuclear physics studies using high energy lasers
F. Gobet1, G. Gosselin2, V. Meot2

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.
1 :  CENBG - Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan
2 :  SPhN - Service de Physique Nucléaire
Physique/Physique Nucléaire Expérimentale