Two photon parametric conversion of Moessbauer gamma rays
Crofton, Bouldin Pat
Hannon, James P.
Master of Arts
This thesis considers aspects of parametric conversion of Mossbauer gamma rays. This process is important because it could be used to tune the output of a gamma ray laser; but, furthermore, it is a process of fundamental intrinsic interest in quantum electrodynamics. We first calculate the S matrix for the parametric process and obtain from this the differential cross section. We then discuss the signal sharpening which occurs for coherent parametric conversion near a Bragg angle and, finally, make a specific calculation of the expected counting rate from a crystal of Ytterbium 171.