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Photonuclear Fission from High Energy Electrons from Ultraintense Laser-Solid Interactions

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.903
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:551546
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A new regime of laser-matter interactions in which the quiver motion of plasma electrons is fully relativistic, with energies extending well above the threshold for nuclear processes, is studied using a petawatt laser system. In solid target experiments with focused intensities exceeding 1020W/cm2, high energy electron generation, hard bremsstrahlung, and nuclear phenomena have been observed. We report here a quantitative comparison of the high energy electrons and the bremsstrahlung spectrum, as measured by photonuclear reaction yields, including the photoinduced fission of 238U.

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