A review of selected experimental works on the gamma-decay from the Giant and Pygmy Dipole Resonances is presented. The common feature of these experiments is that gamma-decay originates from dipole states populated using reactions induced by heavy ions. The focus is the investigation of dipole modes built on the ground and excited states. The major developments made during the years regarding the detection of high-energy gamma-rays are briefly discussed together with specific results concerning a chosen number of problems among those that were addressed by the theoretical works of P.F. Bortignon. They are: i) the dipole mode in the initial stages of reactions among heavy ions with different N / Z values for the target and projectile; ii) the problem of isospin symmetry in nuclei at finite temperature; iii) pygmy states far from stability; iv) the nature of the pygmy states.
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