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Title: Measuring conditions for second order X-ray Bragg-spectrometry
Authors: Dellith, J.Scheffel, A.Wendt, M.
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Issue Date: 2014
Published in: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering Vol. 55 (2014), No. 1
Publisher: Bristol : Institute of Physics Publishing
Abstract: The KL2,3 (α)1,2-lines of 19K, the L3M4,5 (α)1,2-lines of 48Cd, and the M5N6,7 (α)1,2-lines of 92U are lines of comparable energy in the region of approximately 3 keV. In none of these cases were we able to resolve the three doublets when recording the spectra in first order Bragg spectrometry using a PET crystal as the dispersing element. For the purpose of enhancing the resolving power of the spectrometer, the three α spectra were recorded in second order reflection, thereby transferring the lines into another spectral region dominated by X-ray quanta of half the energy. In order to achieve high net peak intensities as well as a high peak-to-background ratio and, consequently, a high level of detection capability, the discriminator settings should be optimized quite carefully. In this manner, we were able to resolve the three α doublets and estimate α2/α1 intensity ratios. Inexplicably, current monographs, e.g., by Goldstein et al, do not contain any indications about the rational use of high order spectrometry. Only a few rather old monographs contain some hints in this regard.
Keywords: Spectrometry; Detection capability; Intensity ratio; Measuring conditions; Peak intensity; Peak-to-background ratios; Second orders; Second-order reflections; Spectral region; X rays
DDC: 530
License: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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