Laser-Triggered Nuclear Reactions

  • F. Ewald
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 694)


Nearly 30 ago, laser physicists dreamed of the laser as a particle accelerator [1]. With the acceleration of electrons, protons, and ions up to energies of several tens of MeV by the interaction of an intense laser pulse with matter, this dream has become reality within the last ten years. Today, highly intense laser systems drive microscopic accelerators. Nuclear reactions are induced by the accelerated particles. This article intends to outline the unique properties of laser-based particle and bremsstrahlung sources, and the diversity of new ideas that arise from the combination of lasers and nuclear physics.


Nuclear Reaction Reaction Cross Section Giant Dipole Resonance Photon Spectrum Reaction Threshold 
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  1. 1.Institut für Optik und QuantenelektronikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJena

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