X-ray emission as a diagnostic from pseudospark-sourced electron beams

D. Bowes, H. Yin, W. He, L. Zhang, A.W. Cross, K. Ronald, A.D.R. Phelps, D. Chen, P. Zhang, Xiaodong Chen, Daohui. Li

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X-ray emission has been achieved using an electron beam generated by a pseudospark low-pressure discharge and utilised as a diagnostic for beam detection. A 300 A, 34 kV PS-sourced electron beam pulse of 3 mm diameter impacting on a 0.1 mm-thick molybdenum target generated X-rays which were detected via the use of a small, portable X-ray detector. Clear X-ray images of a micro-sized object were captured using an X-ray photodetector. This demonstrates the inducement of proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) not only as an indicator of beam presence but also as a future X-ray source for small-spot X-ray imaging of materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Early online date9 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014


  • pseudospark
  • gas discharges
  • X-ray emission
  • electron beams


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