On the Feasibility of Nuclear Pumping of Gas Lasers

  • R. T. Schneider


Nuclear technology interacts with laser technology in two ways. Lasers may be used for generation of nuclear energy in connection with laser triggered thermonuclear fusion reactions or nuclear energy may be used to excite lasers. This paper is concerned with the latter possibility. The ultimate goal is to directly convert fission energy, the largest part of which is the kinetic energy of charged particles (fission fragments), into laser light. Historically this idea is almost as old as the laser itself. Papers dealing with this subject began to appear around 1961. A review of this earlier work is given in [1].


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. T. Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of Florida 202 NSC, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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