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Subject: Re: X-Ray generation

Date: 06/09/00 at 9:31 PM
Posted by: Mike Gray
E-mail: mike@win.bright.net
Message Posted:

In Reply to: X-Ray generation posted by Don Welch/ EE instrument design on 06/07/00 at 10:55 AM:

Hi Don,
Thanks for your interest in X-rays! I have been facinated by them for many years.
Concerning your question about generating X-rays via a chemical reaction, I don't believe it
is possible. Atoms must be excited to a sufficiently high energy level in order to produce X-rays, and
to my knowledge (and I could be wrong), there is no way to accomplish this using a chemical reaction.
You can generate a "flash" or burst of X-rays by discharging a capacitor across the primary winding of
a high voltage transformer, while the secondary winding is across an old style (gassy) X-ray tube.
If you want to generate some useful X-rays, your best bet would be to surf around eBay web site. Search
on key word "X-ray" and you will find X-ray tubes and other interesting things for sale. If anyone else
has other ideas, please post a reply. Thanks!


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