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Title: Nuclear recoil spectroscopy of levitated particles

Here, we propose a method for the detection and characterization of nuclear decay processes. Specifically, we describe how nuclear decay recoil can be observed within small particles levitated in an optical trap with high positional resolution. Precise measurements of the magnitude of each recoil as well as their rate of occurrence can provide accurate information about the isotopic composition of a radioactive sample. We expect that this technique for nuclear material characterization will be especially useful in the area of nuclear forensic analysis.
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ;  [2] ; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb, IL (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-23548
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9926; PLRAAN
Grant/Contract Number:
89233218CNA000001
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 98; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9926
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS
OSTI Identifier:
1482945

Malyzhenkov, Alexander, Lebedev, Vyacheslav, and Castro, Alonso. Nuclear recoil spectroscopy of levitated particles. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.98.052103.
Malyzhenkov, Alexander, Lebedev, Vyacheslav, & Castro, Alonso. Nuclear recoil spectroscopy of levitated particles. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.98.052103.
Malyzhenkov, Alexander, Lebedev, Vyacheslav, and Castro, Alonso. 2018. "Nuclear recoil spectroscopy of levitated particles". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.98.052103.
@article{osti_1482945,
title = {Nuclear recoil spectroscopy of levitated particles},
author = {Malyzhenkov, Alexander and Lebedev, Vyacheslav and Castro, Alonso},
abstractNote = {Here, we propose a method for the detection and characterization of nuclear decay processes. Specifically, we describe how nuclear decay recoil can be observed within small particles levitated in an optical trap with high positional resolution. Precise measurements of the magnitude of each recoil as well as their rate of occurrence can provide accurate information about the isotopic composition of a radioactive sample. We expect that this technique for nuclear material characterization will be especially useful in the area of nuclear forensic analysis.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevA.98.052103},
journal = {Physical Review A},
number = 5,
volume = 98,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

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