K-line spectra from tungsten heated by an intense pulsed electron beam

Pereira, N. R.; Weber, B. V.; Apruzese, J. P.; Mosher, D.; Schumer, J. W.; Seely, J. F.; Szabo, C. I.; Boyer, C. N.; Stephanakis, S. J.; Hudson, L. T.
October 2010
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2010, Vol. 81 Issue 10, p10E302
Academic Journal
The plasma-filled rod-pinch diode (PFRP) is an intense source of x-rays ideal for radiography of dense objects. In the PRFP megavoltage electrons from a pulsed discharge concentrate at the pointed end of a 1 mm diameter tapered tungsten rod. Ionization of this plasma might increase the energy of tungsten's Kα1 fluorescence line, at 59.3182 keV, enough for the difference to be observed by a high-resolution Cauchois transmission crystal spectrograph. When the PFRP's intense hard bremsstrahlung is suppressed by the proper shielding, such an instrument gives excellent fluorescence spectra, albeit with as yet insufficient resolution to see any effect of tungsten's ionization. Higher resolution is possible with various straightforward upgrades that are feasible thanks to the radiation's high intensity.


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