Nuclear Physics

HiPER combining a 200 kJ long-pulse laser with a 70 kJ short-pulse laser will produce unprecedented high energy density conditions in the laboratory. Nuclear activation is used to measure the spectral and spatial properties of beams of high energy radiation, charged particle, or neutrons produced in intense laser-plasma interactions, and provides significant information regarding energy and temperature of the plasma. HiPER will drive the development of nuclear diagnostic capability to higher energy and density systems. Higher nuclear yields are expected and it should be possible to observe lower cross section and higher threshold energy reactions.