Novel Techniques for the Production of Gamma Rays
Final rept. 15 Oct 2003-30 Jun 2004
SRS TECHNOLOGIES NEWPORT BEACH CA
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Important fundamental research over the past two decades has proven that the energy stored in metastable energy states of some nuclear isomers can be caused to be released from the isomer state by illuminating the nucleus with x-rays. Research ha proven that the long-lived naturally abundant isomer of t8OTa can be triggered to release the stored energy by irradiation with Bremsstrahlung x-irradiation. An understanding of this phenomenon within the standard model has now emerged, placing the physics of triggered energy release from isomer states upon a strong experimental and theoretical basis. The data from the March 2001 Bum-up experiment has now been fully analyzed. No bum-up duc to xynchrotron radiation was detected in this experiment due to both experimental limitations and the unlikelihood of ever observing bum-up in the Hf-i78m2 system for triggering enhancements of less than 10. We suggest looking at alterative isomer systems with shorter half-lives, such as the Lu-I77m isomer.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics