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X-ray diode with spark plug plasma cathodes
Author(s): Sarah Bollanti; Paolo Di Lazzaro; Francesco Flora; Gualtiero Giordano; Tommaso Letardi; Daniele Murra; Giovanni Schina; Cheng En Zheng
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Paper Abstract

We have tested a high-repetition-rate X-ray diode working in reflection geometry, which uses commercial spark-plugs as plasma cathode. The results show that the spark-plug plasma cathode is a reliable, high-current and long-lifetime electron gun. After more than 106 shots, the dose, uniformity and ionization rate of the emitted X-ray guarantee an effective preionization of XeCl excimer laser discharges. Due to the low cost, the long lifetime and the substantial absence of maintenance, this X-ray diode seems suitable to preionize commercial gas lasers, such as excimer and TEA CO2 lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3574, XII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (22 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334409
Show Author Affiliations
Sarah Bollanti, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Paolo Di Lazzaro, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Francesco Flora, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Gualtiero Giordano, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Tommaso Letardi, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Daniele Murra, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Giovanni Schina, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
Cheng En Zheng, EL.EN (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3574:
XII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Anatoly S. Boreisho; Gennady A. Baranov, Editor(s)

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