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Electron-impact-based generation and applications of monochromatic x-rays
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Paper Abstract

A summary is given of methods to manipulate the polychromatic radiation emitted from electron impact x-ray sources so as to generate a (quasi-)monochromatic beam. These methods include: differential attenuation of bremsstrahlung, differential reflection of x-rays from monochromating crystals, production of fluorescence x-rays from secondary targets and geometrical enhancement of characteristic radiation. Typical values for some of the parameters which characterize (quasi-)monochromatic sources i.e. monochromaticity, energy bandwidth and source radiance are presented. A brief description is given of some radiological techniques which either necessitate or benefit from monochromatic radiation. With the help of a figure of merit for monochromatic x-ray sources, the suitability of the candidates mentioned above for these techniques is assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5199, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications V, (30 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.512440
Show Author Affiliations
Geoffrey L. Harding, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Bernd Schweizer, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Gerhard Martens, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Jens-Peter Schlomka, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Axel Thran, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5199:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications V
H. Bradford Barber; Hans Roehrig; F. Patrick Doty, Editor(s)

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