Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Institute of Physics. Applied Physics Letters 78, 595 (2001). ©2001 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use. HREF="”>


We have observed deuterons accelerated to energies of about 2 MeV in the interaction of relativistically intense 10 TW, 400 fs laser pulse with a thin layer of deuterated polystyrene deposited on Mylar film. These high-energy deuterons were directed to the boron sample, where they produced ~105 atoms of positron active isotope 11C from the reaction 10B(d,n)11C. The activation results suggest that deuterons were accelerated from the front surface of the target.

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