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Potential applications of a novel x-ray source in material characterization
Author(s): R. Armstrong; Sharon M. McDaid; Malcolm J. Cooper; Geoffrey L. Harding
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Paper Abstract

Material characterization based on the interaction of x and gamma radiation with matter is outlined and the need for a high intensity, monochromatic source highlighted. The design and properties of a new, fluorescent x-ray tube are described. This gives a high intensity (5.9 X 109 photons s-1 sr-1 mm-2), quasi- monochromatic output, consisting of the K fluorescent lines of its secondary target, a tantalum cone situated inside the tube. The spectral purity, stability and radiance are reported and comparisons made with radioisotope sources and a conventional tube monochromatized with a curved Ge crystal. In terms of radiance, the `Fluorex' x-ray set compares favorably with the former but not with the latter. However, it offers other advantages over these sources and without being fully optimized already has sufficient monochromatic output to find extensive use for material characterization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2092, Substance Detection Systems, (28 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171261
Show Author Affiliations
R. Armstrong, Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Sharon M. McDaid, Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Malcolm J. Cooper, Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Geoffrey L. Harding, Philips GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2092:
Substance Detection Systems
Geoffrey L. Harding; Richard C. Lanza; Lawrence J. Myers; Peter A. Young, Editor(s)

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