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Laser-Generated Plasmas: Source Requirements For X-Ray Microscopy
Author(s): A. G. Michette
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Paper Abstract

Over the past few years microscopic imaging using X rays has been made feasible by developments in synchrotron radia-tion sources and in techniques for manufacturing X-ray optical components. However, it is clear that X-ray microscopes will not become widely available instruments if they have to rely on synchrotron radiation sources. Conventional X-ray generators give insufficient intensities to allow imaging in reasonable times, but recent work on laser-generated plasmas has shown that they can give intense bursts of X rays. In this paper the laser-generated plasma source requirements for two types of imaging, contact microradiography and scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, are discussed, with particular reference to the use of small commercially available lasers. It is demonstrated that such lasers could be of use, particularly for scanning X-ray microscopes, but that it is unlikely they will be capable of completely replacing synchrotrons as sources for X-ray microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1140, X-Ray Instrumentation in Medicine and Biology, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, and Synchrotron Radiation, (27 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961838
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A. G. Michette, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1140:
X-Ray Instrumentation in Medicine and Biology, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, and Synchrotron Radiation

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