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Ultra-Thin Diamond Films For X-Ray Window Applications
Author(s): Michael G. Peters; James L. Knowles; Mark Breen; Jon McCarthy
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Paper Abstract

Diamond possesses a number of interesting properties that make it an ideal candidate for a variety of x-ray optical applications. Most notable are the high x-ray transmission, exceptional mechanical properties and low diffusion rate of diamond films. One application that has been made possible recently with plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of diamond films is an ultra-thin x-ray detector window for elemental analysis. This paper discusses the advantages of using diamond films for this application and what developments were necessary in order to meet performance specifications. We will also discuss qualification testing of the x-ray window and suggest other areas of application which may benefit from this new technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1146, Diamond Optics II, (15 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962081
Show Author Affiliations
Michael G. Peters, Crystallume (United States)
James L. Knowles, Crystallume (United States)
Mark Breen, Crystallume (United States)
Jon McCarthy, Crystallume (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1146:
Diamond Optics II
Albert Feldman; Sandor Holly, Editor(s)

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