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24 July 1998 Energy-selective laser-based x-ray source for mammography
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X-ray spectra suitable for mammography, created by laser-based x-ray source at laser intensity about 1018 W/cm2, where investigated. The spectra consisted of a continuous bremsstrahlung emission and discrete K(alpha ), K(beta ) lines and have been obtained for Mo, Rh, Ag, In and Sn targets (Z equals 42, 45, 47, 49, and 50) with K(alpha ) emissions at 17.4, 20.2, 22.2, 24.2, and 25.3 keV, respectively. The continuous bremsstrahlung component extended to high energies with no cut-off energy. The shape of the continuous bremsstrahlung spectrum was described by the function E-p, where p (greater than 0) was primarily determined by the temperature of hot electrons produced in laser beam- target interaction. The absolute value of x-ray yield was proportional to the atomic number of the target Z. The intensity of characteristic x-rays was about a factor of five higher than the corresponding bremsstrahlung, and showed weak dependence (increase) when the atomic number of the target increased from Z equals 42 to Z equals 50.
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Andrzej Krol, Jean-Claude Kieffer, Walter Huda, Zhiming Jiang, Charles C. Chamberlain, and Jianfan Yu "Energy-selective laser-based x-ray source for mammography", Proc. SPIE 3336, Medical Imaging 1998: Physics of Medical Imaging, (24 July 1998);


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