Applied Physics B

, Volume 77, Issue 4, pp 387–390 | Cite as

Laser transmutation of iodine-129

  • J. Magill
  • H. Schwoerer
  • F. Ewald
  • J. Galy
  • R. Schenkel
  • R. Sauerbrey
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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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Magill
    • 1
  • H. Schwoerer
    • 2
  • F. Ewald
    • 2
  • J. Galy
    • 1
  • R. Schenkel
    • 1
  • R. Sauerbrey
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Transuranium ElementsEuropean Commission, Joint Research CentreKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Optik und QuantenelektronikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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