A large volume non-conventional XeCl excimer laser (HERCULES) emitting long pulses (from 10 ns up to 120 ns at a wavelength of 308 nm) has been used to drive a soft x-ray plasma source. The x-rays pulse duration and the energy conversion efficiency in different spectral regions have been measured; x-rays emission lasting up to 100 ns has been obtained in the 70 eV region. The dependence of x-ray pulse duration on the size of the laser spot is discussed. The x- ray source can be operated both in vacuum and in helium at atmospheric pressure. This allows irradiating over a large area both for contact microscopy of living specimens (up to 1 mm2 windows) and for radiobiology (up to some cm2 windows). The experimental results obtained for these two applications as well as for radiographic images of living insects are discussed.

Atmospheric-pressure soft x-ray source for contact microscopy and radiobiology applications

PALLADINO, Libero
1997

Abstract

A large volume non-conventional XeCl excimer laser (HERCULES) emitting long pulses (from 10 ns up to 120 ns at a wavelength of 308 nm) has been used to drive a soft x-ray plasma source. The x-rays pulse duration and the energy conversion efficiency in different spectral regions have been measured; x-rays emission lasting up to 100 ns has been obtained in the 70 eV region. The dependence of x-ray pulse duration on the size of the laser spot is discussed. The x- ray source can be operated both in vacuum and in helium at atmospheric pressure. This allows irradiating over a large area both for contact microscopy of living specimens (up to 1 mm2 windows) and for radiobiology (up to some cm2 windows). The experimental results obtained for these two applications as well as for radiographic images of living insects are discussed.
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