Muon-Catalyzed X-ray Laser and Neutron Pulses

  • S. Eliezer
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 33)


In this paper we discuss[1]a possible scheme to build an X-ray laser by irradiating a thin rod of deuterium-tritium by aμ beam. The excited state of dtu molecules (J,V) = (1,0) (where J and V are the rotational and vibrational quantum numbers of the (dtμ)+ hydrogen type molecule) can be induced to make radiative chain transitions with photon energy of about 90 eV to the ground state (0,0). The unique feature of this laser system is the fact that each photon is associated by a 14 MeV neutron derived from the fusion of the d-t ground state (also a 3.5 MeV a particle is released during this process). This laser scheme is described in section 1. In section 2 we estimate the interesting possibility to induce Stokes or anti-Stokes transitions in the μ-molecules by an external laser.


Hydrogen Isotope Lasing Medium Laser Pulse Duration Spontaneous Decay Transition Matrix Element 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Eliezer
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  1. 1.Plasma Physics DepartmentSoreq Nuclear Research CenterYavneIsrael

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