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Title: Use of electron cyclotron resonance x-ray source for nondestructive testing application

Abstract

Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) technique is being used for generating x rays in the low-energy region (<150 keV). Recently, the source is used for the calibration of thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) badges. In order to qualify the ECR x-ray source for imaging application, the source should give uniform flux over the area under study. Lead collimation arrangement is made to get uniform flux. The flux profile is measured using a teletector at different distance from the port and uniform field region of 10x10 cm{sup 2} has been marked at 20 cm from the x-ray exit port. A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuit pack is used for examining the source performance. The required dose for nondestructive testing examination has been estimated using a hospital x-ray machine and it is found to be 0.05 mSv. Our source experimental parameters are tuned and the DAC circuit pack was exposed for nearly 7 min to get the required dose value. The ECR x-ray source operating parameters are argon pressure: 10{sup -5} Torr, microwave power: 350 W, and coil current: 0 A. The effective energy of the x-ray spectrum is nearly 40 keV. The x-ray images obtained from ECR x-ray source and hospital medical radiography machine aremore » compared. It is found that the image obtained from ECR x-ray source is suitable for NDT application.« less

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Radiological Safety Division, Safety Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20779094
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 77; Journal Issue: 3; Conference: 11. international conference on ion sources, Caen (France), 12-16 Sep 2005; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2147735; (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ARGON; CALIBRATION; DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTERS; ELECTRON CYCLOTRON-RESONANCE; IMAGES; KEV RANGE; MICROWAVE RADIATION; NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING; PERFORMANCE; PLASMA; RADIATION DOSES; THERMOLUMINESCENT DOSIMETRY; X RADIATION; X-RAY SOURCES; X-RAY SPECTRA

Citation Formats

Baskaran, R., and Selvakumaran, T.S. Use of electron cyclotron resonance x-ray source for nondestructive testing application. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2147735.
Baskaran, R., & Selvakumaran, T.S. Use of electron cyclotron resonance x-ray source for nondestructive testing application. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2147735.
Baskaran, R., and Selvakumaran, T.S. Wed . "Use of electron cyclotron resonance x-ray source for nondestructive testing application". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2147735.
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title = {Use of electron cyclotron resonance x-ray source for nondestructive testing application},
author = {Baskaran, R. and Selvakumaran, T.S.},
abstractNote = {Electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) technique is being used for generating x rays in the low-energy region (<150 keV). Recently, the source is used for the calibration of thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) badges. In order to qualify the ECR x-ray source for imaging application, the source should give uniform flux over the area under study. Lead collimation arrangement is made to get uniform flux. The flux profile is measured using a teletector at different distance from the port and uniform field region of 10x10 cm{sup 2} has been marked at 20 cm from the x-ray exit port. A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuit pack is used for examining the source performance. The required dose for nondestructive testing examination has been estimated using a hospital x-ray machine and it is found to be 0.05 mSv. Our source experimental parameters are tuned and the DAC circuit pack was exposed for nearly 7 min to get the required dose value. The ECR x-ray source operating parameters are argon pressure: 10{sup -5} Torr, microwave power: 350 W, and coil current: 0 A. The effective energy of the x-ray spectrum is nearly 40 keV. The x-ray images obtained from ECR x-ray source and hospital medical radiography machine are compared. It is found that the image obtained from ECR x-ray source is suitable for NDT application.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2147735},
journal = {Review of Scientific Instruments},
number = 3,
volume = 77,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}
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