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Allowed Nuclear Beta Decay in an Intense Laser Field

  • R. R. Schlicher
  • W. Becker
  • M. O. Scully
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 116)

Abstract

It is the purpose of this lecture to study the influence of a strong external electromagnetic field on the spectrum of the emitted particles in a nuclear beta decay and in particular on the lifetime of the radioactive nucleus. The possibility of manipulating nuclear lifetimes [1] in a laboratory is very exciting and could bring important applications. The first experimental proof of this effect is more than 30 years old [2, 3]. Experimentally accessible are those nuclear decay modes which involve an interaction between the nucleus and the atomic electrons such as internal conversion [3] and orbital electron capture [4] which is closely related to beta decay. By changing the chemical environment of the atom, by applying high pressure technology, by optical excitation with strong fields, by ionization and implantation, etc. the electronic structure of the atan can be modified, which results in changes of the nuclear lifetime up to a few parts in 102 [4].

Keywords

Bessel Function Transition Rate External Field Laser Field Beta Decay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Schlicher
    • 1
  • W. Becker
    • 2
  • M. O. Scully
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck Institut für QuantenoptikGarching bei MünchenWest Germany
  2. 2.Institute for Modern OpticsUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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