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The generation of transition radiation resulting from the passage of relativistic charged particles through a periodic structure can produce intense and highly directional x rays. An optimization analysis accounting for material properties, multiple scattering, and statistical random errors in foil thicknesses is used to design an x‐ray emitter. The results demonstrate that transition radiation sources can be comparable in brightness to synchrotron emitters.