Coronary angiography using laser plasma sources: X-ray source efficiency and optimization of a bent crystal monochromator

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A monochromator has been developed for coronary angiography, comprising a single bent crystal of silicon in Laue transmission geometry. K spectra of laser irradiated solid tin and tantalum (Z=50 and 73, respectively) targets were measured. The high resolution crystal spectrometer resolve the Sn and Ta K alpha doublets, allowing in a proof-of-principle experiment the absolute K alpha photon numbers emitted by the source to be determined. The Ta K alpha yield is measured as a function of the laser pulse energy, allowing an assessment to be made of the suitability of such sources for medical applications. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.


  • E Andersson
  • G Holzer
  • E Forster
  • M Gratz
  • L Kiernan
  • A Sjogren
  • Sune Svanberg
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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3048-3056
JournalApplied Physics Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

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