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Towards gamma-ray lasers via super-radiance in a Bose-Einstein condensate of 135mCs isomers

Objective

We propose to realise the first experimental demonstration of gamma-ray coherent emission by means of super-radiance in a Bose-Einstein condensate of 135mCs isomers. The isomers will be produced by proton bombardment and will be then laser cooled and trapped in a magneto-optical trap. The cold atomic sample will be transferred to an optical dipole trap, where, by means of forced evaporative cooling, a Bose-Einstein Condensate will be realised. The 135mCs condensate will satisfy the requirements for gamma-ray coherent emission at 787 keV. 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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/condensed matter physics/bose-einstein condensates
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particle physics/photons
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/nuclear physics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF

Coordinator

University College London
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 183 454,80