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Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
Eight triaxial Blumleins have been stacked in series at one end while being synchronously commuted at the other end with a single hydrogen thyratron. Significant voltage gain has been maintained in the stack for periods of the order of 20 ns. Having no other switching elements, operation has been possible at repetition rates to 100 Hz. An x-ray diode has been matched to this pulse power source, making possible the emission of an average bremsstrahlung dose of 5.8 R/s from a sequence of 20-ns pulses. In less than 4 min of operation at 100 Hz, a dose of 1 kR could have been delivered to a target sample. When operated at 50-kV charging voltage, spectral measurements show the output to be a true continuum, peaking at intensities in excess of 2×108 keV/keV/shot and containing useful intensities of photons having energies of 150 keV.
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