Laser-triggered ion acceleration and table top isotope production

Nemoto, K.; Maksimchuk, A.; Banerjee, S.; Flippo, K.; Mourou, G.; Umstadter, D.; Bychenkov, V. Yu.
January 2001
Applied Physics Letters;1/29/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 5, p595
Academic Journal
We have observed deuterons accelerated to energies of about 2 MeV in the interaction of relativistically intense 10 TW, 400 fs laser pulse with a thin layer of deuterated polystyrene deposited on Mylar film. These high-energy deuterons were directed to the boron sample, where they produced ∼10[sup 5] atoms of positron active isotope [sup 11]C from the reaction [sup 10]B(d,n)[sup 11]C. The activation results suggest that deuterons were accelerated from the front surface of the target. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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