Regular Paper

Applied Physics B

, Volume 77, Issue 4, pp 387-390

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Laser transmutation of iodine-129

  • J. MagillAffiliated withInstitute for Transuranium Elements, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • , H. SchwoererAffiliated withInstitut für Optik und Quantenelektronik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena Email author 
  • , F. EwaldAffiliated withInstitut für Optik und Quantenelektronik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • , J. GalyAffiliated withInstitute for Transuranium Elements, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • , R. SchenkelAffiliated withInstitute for Transuranium Elements, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • , R. SauerbreyAffiliated withInstitut für Optik und Quantenelektronik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

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Abstract

We report the first successful laser-induced transmutation of 129I, one of the key radionuclides in the nuclear fuel cycle. 129I with a half-life of 15.7 million years is transmuted into 128I with a half-life of 25 min through a (γ, n) reaction using laser-generated Bremsstrahlung. The integral cross-section value for the (γ, n) reaction is determined. These experiments offer a new approach to studying transmutation reactions with neutral and charged particles without resource to nuclear reactors or particle accelerators.