Using a commercial mini-X-ray source for calibrating Bragg crystals

F. Valle Brozas, C. Hyland, S. White, S. Warnock, R. Irwin, Joanne Campbell, D. Riley*

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In this paper we describe a procedure for calibration of Bragg crystals used for X-ray spectroscopy of laser plasmas. The method uses a relatively inexpensive commercially available X-ray source. By using the source to pump a metallic foil such as vanadium or titanium we were able to create a K-α emission source with minimal background radiation outside the desired photon energy. By using photon counting techniques with a CCD detector we were able to get absolute calibrations of curved and flat Bragg crystals in the 4-5 keV region. An important advantage of our method is that absolute calibration was not necessary either for the commercial source or the detector.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberP12004
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 03 Dec 2018


  • Plasma diagnostics - interferometry, spectroscopy and imaging
  • X-ray detectors and telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Physics


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