gamma-ray laser

gamma-ray laser

[′gam·ə ‚rā ′lā·zər]
(physics)
A hypothetical device which would generate coherent radiation in the range 0.005-0.5 nanometer by inducing isomeric radiative transitions between isomeric nuclear states. Also known as graser.
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With further refinement, the technique might be used to briefly condense antimatter into fluid or solid states or even to create the first gamma-ray laser.
In a Bose-Einstein condensate, an exotic gas in which atoms share a quantum state, positrons could be forced to annihilate in sync to produce the first gamma-ray laser, Cassidy says.
Collins and his colleagues at the University of Texas at Dallas to consider diamond as a suitable lattice in which to embed atomic nuclei--the working ingredients for a proposed gamma-ray laser (SN: 11/1/86 p.
The project will lead to several milestones in fundamental physics, thus triggering further novel researches, and will demonstrate the practical feasibility of gamma-ray lasers, that would have numerous potential applications ranging from energy industry to medicine.
So, researchers have proposed that NEET may someday provide a mechanism for developing gamma-ray lasers, with output far more energetic than existing laser beams.
These high-power pulses are used in experiments relating to controlled thermonuclear fusion, weapons development and development of X-ray and gamma-ray lasers and other devices.