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Nuclear recollisions in laser-assisted α decay

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Castañeda Cortés,  Héctor Mauricio
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Müller,  Carsten
Institut für Theoretische Physik I, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf;
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Keitel,  Christoph H.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Castañeda Cortés, H. M., Müller, C., Keitel, C. H., & Pálffy, A. (2013). Nuclear recollisions in laser-assisted α decay. Physics Letter B, 723(4-5), 401-405. doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2013.05.025.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F3A0-4
Abstract
Laser-induced nuclear recollisions following $\alpha$ decay in the presence of an intense laser field are investigated theoretically. We show that while an intense optical laser does not influence notably the tunneling rate in $\alpha$ decay, it can completely change the $\alpha$ particle spectrum. For intensities of $10^{22}-10^{23}$ W/cm$^{2}$, the field is strong enough to induce recollisions between the emitted $\alpha$ particle and the daughter nucleus. The energy gained by the $\alpha$ particle in the field can reach 20 MeV and suffice to trigger several types of nuclear reactions on a femtosecond time scale. Similar conclusions can be drawn about laser-induced recollisions after proton emission. Prospects for the experimental realization of laser-induced nuclear recollisions are discussed.