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Investigation of the Piezoelectric Effect as a Means to Generate X-Rays

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8 Author(s)
Brady Gall ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA ; Scott D. Kovaleski ; James A. VanGordon ; Peter Norgard
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The piezoelectric effect is analyzed as a means to produce X-rays. A mass of crystalline piezoelectric material is used to convert a low-voltage input electrical signal into a high-voltage output signal by storing energy in a longitudinally vibrating mechanical wave. Output energy is extracted in the form of a high-voltage electron beam using a field-emission diode mounted on the surface of the crystal. The electron beam produces X-rays via bremsstrahlung interactions with a metallic surface.

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )