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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 354–356

Isotope-specific detection of low-density materials with laser-based monoenergetic gamma-rays

F. Albert, S. G. Anderson, G. A. Anderson, S. M. Betts, D. J. Gibson, C. A. Hagmann, J. Hall, M. S. Johnson, M. J. Messerly, V. A. Semenov, M. Y. Shverdin, A. M. Tremaine, F. V. Hartemann, C. W. Siders, D. P. McNabb, and C. P. J. Barty  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 354-356 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000354


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Abstract

What we believe to be the first demonstration of isotope-specific detection of a low-Z and low density object shielded by a high-Z and high-density material using monoenergetic gamma rays is reported. The isotope-specific detection of LiH shielded by Pb and Al is accomplished using the nuclear resonance fluorescence line of L 7 i at 478 keV. Resonant photons are produced via laser-based Compton scattering. The detection techniques are general, and the confidence level obtained is shown to be superior to that yielded by conventional x-ray and γ-ray techniques in these situations.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2190) General : Experimental physics
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2009
Published: January 26, 2010

Citation
F. Albert, S. G. Anderson, G. A. Anderson, S. M. Betts, D. J. Gibson, C. A. Hagmann, J. Hall, M. S. Johnson, M. J. Messerly, V. A. Semenov, M. Y. Shverdin, A. M. Tremaine, F. V. Hartemann, C. W. Siders, D. P. McNabb, and C. P. J. Barty, "Isotope-specific detection of low-density materials with laser-based monoenergetic gamma-rays," Opt. Lett. 35, 354-356 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-3-354


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