Laser Driven Neutron Sources: Characteristics, Applications and Prospects

J. Alvarez, J. Fernández-Tobias, K. Mima, S. Nakai, S. Kar, Y. Kato, J.M. Perlado

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The basics of laser driven neutron sources, properties and possible applications are discussed. We describe the laser driven nuclear processes which trigger neutron generation, namely, nuclear reactions induced by laser driven ion beam (ion n), thermonuclear fusion by implosion and photo-induced nuclear (gamma n) reactions. Based on their main properties, i.e. point source (< 100 μm) and short durations (< ns), different applications are described, such as radiography, time-resolved spectroscopy and pump-probe experiments. Prospects on the development of laser technology suggest that, as higher intensities and higher repetition rate lasers become available (for example, using DPSSL technology), laser driven methodologies may provide neutron fluxes comparable to that achieved by accelerator driven neutron sources in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29 - 38
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Procedia
Early online date24 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event3rd International Meeting of the Union for Compact Accelerator-driven Neutron Sources: UCANS III - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 31 Jul 201203 Aug 2012


  • laser fusion


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