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Sample records for gasers

  1. Nuclear isomer suitable for gamma ray laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jha, S.

    1979-01-01

    The operation of gamma ray lasers (gasers) are studied. It is assumed that the nuclear isomers mentioned in previously published papers have inherent limitations. It is further assumed that the judicious use of Bormann effect or the application of the total external reflection of low energy gamma radiation at grazing angle of incidence may permit the use of a gaser crystal sufficiently long to achieve observable stimulated emission. It is suggested that a long lived 0(+) isomer decaying by low energy gamma ray emission to a short lived 2(+) excited nuclear state would be an attractive gaser candidate. It is also suggested that the nuclear isomer be incorporated in a matrix of refractory material having an electrostatic field gradient whose principal axis lies along the length of the medium. This results in the preferential transmission of electric quadrupole radiation along the length of the medium.

  2. Precursor Proof-of-Concept Experiments for Various Categories of High-Frequency Gravitational Wave (HFGW) Generators

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    Baker, Robert M. L.

    2004-02-01

    High-Frequency Gravitational Wave (HFGW) generators are separated into three general categories. Precursor, component-validation, laboratory experiments for each category except, possibly, the third are identified in general terms. The categories are: (1) The electromechanical category includes micro- and nano-element, piezoelectric crystal, and multi-dielectric film HFGW generators. (2) The high-temperature superconductor category includes gasers, impressed magnetic fields, and transformation of electromagnetic radiation into gravitational waves (Gertsenshtein effect) HFGW generators. (3)The laser/plasma category includes laser-energized mirrors, synchrotron light, nuclear fusion, plasma toroid, and nonlinear optical-acoustical, molecular-level HFGW generators. A perusal of HFGW literature reveals that since the 1960s many authors have contributed designs of mechanisms and devices that relate to the terrestrial generation of gravitational waves. Only in the last few years, however, have any researchers demonstrated that their proposed devices were practical HFGW generators, capable of producing kilowatts of power, that were operational in a laboratory setting. These recent devices make use of new technology and generate high-frequency (GHz and above) gravitational waves using non-gravitational forces. Most of the generators considered in this paper have been recently discussed at the May, 2003, Gravitational Wave Conference at The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA, which was the very first International Conference dedicated to HFGW and attracted twenty-five research papers from nine countries. Although no detailed experimental tasks are discussed, experimental test objectives in the form of a roadmap are proposed for each category.

  3. White matter structure changes as adults learn a second language.

    PubMed

    Schlegel, Alexander A; Rudelson, Justin J; Tse, Peter U

    2012-08-01

    Traditional models hold that the plastic reorganization of brain structures occurs mainly during childhood and adolescence, leaving adults with limited means to learn new knowledge and skills. Research within the last decade has begun to overturn this belief, documenting changes in the brain's gray and white matter as healthy adults learn simple motor and cognitive skills [Lövdén, M., Bodammer, N. C., Kühn, S., Kaufmann, J., Schütze, H., Tempelmann, C., et al. Experience-dependent plasticity of white-matter microstructure extends into old age. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3878-3883, 2010; Taubert, M., Draganski, B., Anwander, A., Müller, K., Horstmann, A., Villringer, A., et al. Dynamic properties of human brain structure: Learning-related changes in cortical areas and associated fiber connections. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 11670-11677, 2010; Scholz, J., Klein, M. C., Behrens, T. E. J., & Johansen-Berg, H. Training induces changes in white-matter architecture. Nature Neuroscience, 12, 1370-1371, 2009; Draganski, B., Gaser, C., Busch, V., Schuirer, G., Bogdahn, U., & May, A. Changes in grey matter induced by training. Nature, 427, 311-312, 2004]. Although the significance of these changes is not fully understood, they reveal a brain that remains plastic well beyond early developmental periods. Here we investigate the role of adult structural plasticity in the complex, long-term learning process of foreign language acquisition. We collected monthly diffusion tensor imaging scans of 11 English speakers who took a 9-month intensive course in written and spoken Modern Standard Chinese as well as from 16 control participants who did not study a language. We show that white matter reorganizes progressively across multiple sites as adults study a new language. Language learners exhibited progressive changes in white matter tracts associated with traditional left hemisphere language areas and their right hemisphere analogs. Surprisingly, the most significant changes