Muonic molecules in superintense laser fields: a route to laser control of nuclear processes

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TypeArticle
Journal titleLaser Physics
ISSN1054-660X
Volume14
Issue4
Pages473481; # of pages: 9
AbstractWe study ionization of muonic atoms and dissociation of muonic molecular ions (ddμ) in superintense laser fields. We predict that the bond breaks by tunneling at an intensity I > 10&₂#8321; W/cm₂. Ionization of the muonic atomic fragment occurs at a much higher intensity, I > 6 × 10₂₂ W/cm₂. Since the field controls the dissociating deuteron, it can force the deuteron return and thus the ion-μ-atom recollision triggers a controlled (timed) nuclear fusion with subcycle precision. The recollision time and energy are shown to concur with classical models.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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NPARC number12329137
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