Deuterium-deuterium nuclear reaction induced by high intensity laser pulses

L. Torrisi*, S. Cavallaro, M. Cutroneo, L. Giuffrida, J. Krasa, D. Margarone, A. Velyhan, J. Kravarik, J. Ullschmied, J. Wolowski, A. Szydlowski, M. Rosinski

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A 10 16 W/cm 2 Asterix laser pulse intensity, 1315 nm wavelength, 300 ps pulse duration, was employed at PALS laboratory of Prague, to irradiate thick and thin primary CD 2 targets placed into the high vacuum chamber. The laser irradiation produces non-equilibrium plasma with deuterons and carbon ions emission with energy up to about 4 MeV per charge state, as measured by time-of-flight (TOF) techniques by using ion collectors and silicon carbide detectors. Accelerated deuterium ions may induce high D-D cross section for fusion processes generating 3 MeV protons and 2.5 MeV neutrons, as measured by TOF analyses. In order to increase the mono-energetic proton yield, secondary CD 2 targets can be availed to be irradiated by the plasma-accelerated deuterons. Experiments demonstrated that high intensity laser pulses can be employed to promote nuclear reactions from which characteristic ion streams may be developed. Results open new scenario for applications of laser-generated plasma to the fields of ion sources and ion accelerators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-section
  • D-D fusion
  • Laser-plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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