Photonuclear physics when a multiterawatt laser pulse interacts with solid targets

@article{Ledingham2000PhotonuclearPW,
  title={Photonuclear physics when a multiterawatt laser pulse interacts with solid targets},
  author={Ledingham and Spencer and McCanny and A Singhal and Santala and J Clark and Watts and B{\'e}g and Zepf and Krushelnick and Tatarakis and Dangor and Norreys and Allott and Neely and Machacek and Wark and Cresswell and Sanderson and Magill},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2000},
  volume={84 5},
  pages={899-902}
}
When a laser pulse of intensity 10(19) W cm(-2) interacts with solid targets, electrons of energies of some tens of MeV are produced. In a tantalum target, the electrons generate an intense highly directional gamma-ray beam that can be used to carry out photonuclear reactions. The isotopes 11C, 38K, (62,64)Cu, 63Zn, 106Ag, 140Pr, and 180Ta have been… CONTINUE READING