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A Small Gas Puff Z-Pinch X-Ray Source
Author(s): P. Choi; A. E. Dangor; C. Deeney
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Paper Abstract

The gas puff Z-pinch is an intense pulsed plasma X-ray source energized by a capacitor bank. Typically 5-10% of the electrical energy stored in the bank is converted into X-ray radiations with wavelengths less than 100 Å. Such devices have applications in X-ray microscopy, lithography, spectroscopy and X-ray optics engineering. Here we present the results of a parmetric study of the X-ray emission from a small gas puff Z-pinch which has 4kJ of stored electrical energy. The quantities measured are the soft X-ray emission in the wavelength range 4 to 85 A and the hard X-ray emission with wavelength less than 2.5 A. These quantities are found to depend on the gas used and the mass of gas imploded. Conditions exist that maximise the soft X-ray emission from the pinch. It is also shown that the hard X-ray emission can be reduced significantly by changing the anode material and by varying the mass of the gas imploded.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0733, Soft X-Ray Optics and Technology, (1 January 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.964891
Show Author Affiliations
P. Choi, Imperial College (England)
A. E. Dangor, Imperial College (England)
C. Deeney, Imperial College (England)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0733:
Soft X-Ray Optics and Technology
E. Koch; Guenther A. Schmahl, Editor(s)

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