publication . Article . 1997

Recoilless gamma-ray lasers

Baldwin, George C.; Solem, Johndale C.;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 1997 Journal: Reviews of Modern Physics, volume 69, pages 1,085-1,118 (issn: 0034-6861, eissn: 1539-0756, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Physical Society (APS)
Abstract
This review is addressed to the development of lasers that might generate coherent radiation at ultrashort wavelengths by stimulating recoilless nuclear transitions in solids. First, the authors review the basic physics of stimulated emission, superradiance and the kinetics of lasing, with particular attention to those aspects that characterize recoilless nuclear transitions in solid hosts. Then they classify the various approaches to pumping that have been proposed for resolving the ``graser dilemma''\char22{}that the pump can destroy the conditions essential to gain\char22{}and discuss the general requirements for specification of an active nuclide and its sol...
Subjects
free text keywords: Gamma ray, Nuclear physics, Physics, Neutron, Nuclear isomer, Quantum mechanics, Superradiance, Population inversion, Stimulated emission, Lasing threshold, Atomic physics, Laser, law.invention, law
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publication . Article . 1997

Recoilless gamma-ray lasers

Baldwin, George C.; Solem, Johndale C.;