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A novel technique to produce x-rays for XRF, medical, and scientific purposes
Author(s): Carlos G. Camara; Seth J. Putterman; Andy Kotowski
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Paper Abstract

A long-standing mystery in science is the process whereby charge spontaneously exchanges between different materials that are brought into contact. After thousands of years of study there is no ab initio theory of tribocharging. As such it is an area of R&D that is not yet tethered to the first principles of physics and is wide open for new inventions. In 2008, Camara et al at UCLA discovered that tribocharging in a moderate vacuum could be used to take X-ray images. Since then, we have improved the X-ray output by 6 orders of magnitude and controlled the emission for use in a commercial product. Here we present an overview of this technology for use in X-ray fluorescence and X-ray imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9590, Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources, Optics, and Applications IV, 959005 (26 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2192907
Show Author Affiliations
Carlos G. Camara, Tribogenics, Inc. (United States)
Seth J. Putterman, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Andy Kotowski, Tribogenics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9590:
Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources, Optics, and Applications IV
Ali M. Khounsary; Carolyn A. MacDonald, Editor(s)

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