Energy Traps in Atomic Nuclei
A small proportion of atomic nuclei can form highly excited metastable states, or isomers. Of particular Interest is a class of isomers found in deformed axially symmetric nuclei; these isomers are among the longest-lived and have the potential to reach the highest energies. By probing their properties, insights into nuclear structure have been gained. The possibility of stimulated isomer decay may ultimately lead to new forms of energy storage and γ-ray lasers.
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