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  1. 19 CFR 10.600 - Accessories, spare parts, or tools.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  2. High resolution 17 keV to 75 keV backlighters for High Energy Density experiments

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    Park, H; Maddox, B R; Giraldez, E; Hatchett, S P; Hudson, L; Izumi, N; Key, M H; Pape, S L; MacKinnon, A J; MacPhee, A G; Patel, P K; Phillips, T W; Remington, B A; Seely, J F; Tommasini, R; Town, R; Workman, J

    2008-02-25

    We have developed 17 keV to 75 keV 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional high-resolution (< 10 {micro}m) radiography using high-intensity short pulse lasers. High energy K-{alpha} sources are created by fluorescence from hot electrons interacting in the target material after irradiation by lasers with intensity I{sub L} > 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}. We have achieved high resolution point projection 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional radiography using micro-foil and micro-wire targets attached to low-Z substrate materials. The micro-wire size was 10 {micro}m x 10 {micro}m x 300 {micro}m on a 300 {micro}m x 300 {micro}m x 5 {micro}m CH substrate. The radiography performance was demonstrated using the Titan laser at LLNL. We observed that the resolution is dominated by the micro-wire target size and there is very little degradation from the plasma plume, implying that the high energy x-ray photons are generated mostly within the micro-wire volume. We also observe that there are enough K{alpha} photons created with a 300 J, 1-{omega}, 40 ps pulse laser from these small volume targets, and that the signal-to-noise ratio is sufficiently high, for single shot radiography experiments. This unique technique will be used on future high energy density (HED) experiments at the new Omega-EP, ZR and NIF facilities.

  3. Transmission crystal x-ray spectrometer covering the 6 keV-18 keV energy range with E∕ΔE = 1800 instrumental resolving power.

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    Seely, John; Feldman, Uri; Brown, Charles; Pereira, Nino; Hudson, Lawrence; Glover, Jack; Silver, Eric

    2012-10-01

    A high-resolution x-ray spectrometer utilizing a thin quartz transmission crystal and covering the 6 keV-18 keV energy range has been developed and tested. The spectrometer consists of a cylindrically bent crystal in a vacuum housing. The crystal position and the range of Bragg angles that are incident on the crystal can be adjusted to record an ≈4 keV wide spectrum in the 6 keV-18 keV range. The spectrometer is of the Cauchois type and has a compact linear geometry that is convenient for deployment at laser-produced plasma, EBIT, and other x-ray sources. Test spectra of the W L and Mo K lines from laboratory sources have linewidths as small as 11 eV, approaching the natural widths, and instrumental resolving power as high as 1800. Techniques for enhancing the energy resolution are experimentally demonstrated. PMID:23126934

  4. Characterization of the PILATUS photon-counting pixel detector for X-ray energies from 1.75 keV to 60 keV

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    Donath, T.; Brandstetter, S.; Cibik, L.; Commichau, S.; Hofer, P.; Krumrey, M.; Lüthi, B.; Marggraf, S.; Müller, P.; Schneebeli, M.; Schulze-Briese, C.; Wernecke, J.

    2013-03-01

    The PILATUS detector module was characterized in the PTB laboratory at BESSY II comparing modules with 320 μm thick and newly developed 450 μm and 1000 μm thick silicon sensors. Measurements were carried out over a wide energy range, in-vacuum from 1.75 keV to 8.8 keV and in air from 8 keV to 60 keV. The quantum efficiency (QE) was measured as a function of energy and the spatial resolution was measured at several photon energies both in terms of the modulation transfer function (MTF) from edge profile measurements and by directly measuring the point spread function (PSF) of a single pixel in a raster scan with a pinhole beam. Independent of the sensor thickness, the measured MTF and PSF come close to those for an ideal pixel detector with the pixel size of the PILATUS detector (172 × 172 μm2). The measured QE follows the values predicted by calculation. Thicker sensors significantly enhance the QE of the PILATUS detectors for energies above 10 keV without impairing the spatial resolution and noise-free detection. In-vacuum operation of the PILATUS detector is possible at energies as low as 1.75 keV.

  5. What Happened to the High-Energy (> 100 keV) Particles at Mercury?

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    Schriver, D.; Travnicek, P. M.; Anderson, B. J.; Ashour-Abdalla, M.; Baker, D. N.; Benna, M.; Boardsen, S. A.; Hellinger, P.; Ho, G. C.; Korth, H.; Krimigis, S. M.; McNutt, R. L., Jr.; Raines, J. M.; Richard, R. L.; Slavin, J. A.; Solomon, S. C.; Starr, R. D.; Zurbuchen, T.

    2013-12-01

    After the first Mariner 10 flyby of Mercury in 1974, when high-energy (> 100 keV) particles were observed along with sudden changes in the magnetic field, it was expected that Mercury's magnetosphere would be flooded with energetic particles. However, after more than two years in orbit around Mercury, measurements made by the Energetic Particle Spectrometer (EPS) aboard the MESSENGER spacecraft have revealed that high-energy (> 100 keV) particles are the exception rather than the rule. Typically, the observed bulk particle energies in Mercury's magnetosphere are on the order of 1-10 keV, with observations of electrons at low intensities up to ~100 keV. What makes this relative lack of high-energy particles perhaps even more surprising is that magnetic reconnection is observed by the MESSENGER Magnetometer (MAG) to occur at Mercury with great regularity on both the dayside and nightside. To help understand these observations, global-scale three-dimensional kinetic simulations of Mercury's magnetosphere have been carried out with different solar wind forcing conditions. The results show that because of the relatively small dimensions of the magnetotail, the cross-tail convection electric potential typically achieves maximum values of 10-20 kV. Coupled with a downstream magnetotail reconnection location of at most ~ 4RM (where RM is Mercury's radius), reconnection and betatron acceleration result in plasma bulk energies in the inner magnetosphere that are typically < 20 keV, consistent with the observations. The results also indicate that plasma wave activity, commonly observed near Mercury's geomagnetic equator, is not effective in energizing plasma to energies > 100 keV, although the waves could be responsible for energization of up to several keV, as well as cause strong pitch-angle scattering. When compared with observations and simulations of Earth's magnetosphere, the results found for Mercury's relatively small magnetosphere can be used to understand global-scale transport and acceleration processes more generally in planetary magnetospheres.

  6. Experimental Determination of the HPGe Spectrometer Efficiency Calibration Curves for Various Sample Geometry for Gamma Energy from 50 keV to 2000 keV

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    Saat, Ahmad; Hamzah, Zaini; Yusop, Mohammad Fariz; Zainal, Muhd Amiruddin

    2010-07-07

    Detection efficiency of a gamma-ray spectrometry system is dependent upon among others, energy, sample and detector geometry, volume and density of the samples. In the present study the efficiency calibration curves of newly acquired (August 2008) HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry system was carried out for four sample container geometries, namely Marinelli beaker, disc, cylindrical beaker and vial, normally used for activity determination of gamma-ray from environmental samples. Calibration standards were prepared by using known amount of analytical grade uranium trioxide ore, homogenized in plain flour into the respective containers. The ore produces gamma-rays of energy ranging from 53 keV to 1001 keV. Analytical grade potassium chloride were prepared to determine detection efficiency of 1460 keV gamma-ray emitted by potassium isotope K-40. Plots of detection efficiency against gamma-ray energy for the four sample geometries were found to fit smoothly to a general form of {epsilon} = A{Epsilon}{sup a}+B{Epsilon}{sup b}, where {epsilon} is efficiency, {Epsilon} is energy in keV, A, B, a and b are constants that are dependent on the sample geometries. All calibration curves showed the presence of a ''knee'' at about 180 keV. Comparison between the four geometries showed that the efficiency of Marinelli beaker is higher than cylindrical beaker and vial, while cylindrical disk showed the lowest.

  7. Nowcast Model for Low Energy Electrons (10-200 keV) in the Inner Magnetosphere

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    Ganushkina, N. Y.; Pitchford, D. A.; Welling, D. T.; Heynderickx, D.

    2014-12-01

    We present the nowcast model for low energy (< 200 keV) electrons in the inner magnetosphere, operating online under the SPACECAST project (http://fp7-spacecast.eu) which is the version of the Inner Magnetosphere Particle Transport and Acceleration model (IMPTAM) for electrons. Low energy electron fluxes are very important to specify when hazardous satellite surface charging phenomena are considered. The presented model provides the low energy electron flux at all L-shells and at all satellite orbits, when necessary. The model is driven by the real time solar wind and Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) parameters with 1 hour time shift for propagation to the Earth's magnetopause, and by the real time Dst index. Real time geostationary GOES 13 or GOES 15 (whenever which available) data on electron fluxes in three energies, such as 40 keV, 75 keV, 150 keV, are used for comparison and validation of IMPTAM running online. On average, the model provides very good agreement with the data, the basic level of the observed fluxes is very well reproduced. The best agreement between the modeled and the observed fluxes are found for <100 keV electrons. At the same time, not all the peaks and dropouts in the observed electron fluxes are reproduced. For 150 keV electrons, the modeled fluxes are often smaller than the observed ones by an order of magnitude. We estimate the The Normalized Root-Mean-Square Deviation (NRMSD), compute the binary event tables for 1 hour window to reveal the model hit rates and Heidke Skill Scores. This is the first attempt to model low energy electrons in real time at 10 minutes resolution. The output of this model can serve as an input of electron seed population for the higher-energy radiation belt modeling.

  8. Propagation of medium energy electrons (10-20 keV) in carbon dioxide

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    Farley, David R.; Cattolica, Robert J.; Clapp, Leonard H.

    1999-01-01

    Propagation of medium energy electrons (10-20 keV) in carbon dioxide is studied for application to using the Electron Beam Fluorescence (EBF) technique with CO2 as a rarefied gas dynamic diagnostic tool. A collimated (1 mm nominal diameter) electron beam at energies of 10, 15, and 20 keV was injected into a vacuum chamber containing ambient CO2 maintained at pressures of 50, 100, 200, 400, 600, and 800 mTorr. Through deconvolution of recorded two-dimensional images of the emitted fluorescence, the growth of the root-mean-square (rms) radius of the beam was obtained as a function of axial distance. An empirical form of the differential scattering cross section which includes the contributions of both elastic and inelastic collisions between fast electrons and CO2 molecules is used in single scattering, multiple scattering, and scattering envelope models developed for describing the electron distribution along the electron beam. Using these models, the rms radius of the electron beam is calculated and compared with experimental results obtained from imaging of the electron beam fluorescence. It is found that the multiple scattering and envelope models significantly overestimate experimental rms radius data. The single scattering model underestimates radius data at target thickness higher than ˜2 and 4 Torr cm for the 10 and 15 keV beams, respectively. The single scattering model matches well with the 20 keV beam data.

  9. Self-attenuation correction factors for bioindicators measured by ? spectrometry for energies <100 keV

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    Manduci, L.; Tenailleau, L.; Trolet, J. L.; De Vismes, A.; Lopez, G.; Piccione, M.

    2010-01-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients for a number of marine and terrestrial bioindicators were measured using ? spectrometry for energies between 22 and 80 keV. These values were then used to find the correction factor k for the apparent radioactivity. The experimental results were compared with a Monte Carlo simulation performed using PENELOPE in order to evaluate the reliability of the simplified calculation and to determine the correction factors.

  10. The 93Zr(n,γ) reaction up to 8 keV neutron energy

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    Tagliente, G.; Milazzo, P. M.; Fujii, K.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; Álvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Bečvář, F.; Belloni, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calviño, F.; Calviani, M.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrapiço, C.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Dahlfors, M.; David, S.; Dillmann, I.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Gramegna, F.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Jericha, E.; Käppeler, F.; Kadi, Y.; Karadimos, D.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Kossionides, E.; Krtička, M.; Lamboudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marrone, S.; Martínez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O'Brien, S.; Papachristodoulou, C.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Pigni, M. T.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Praena, J.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Reifarth, R.; Rosetti, M.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Santos, C.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Stephan, C.; Tain, J. L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M. C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K.

    2013-01-01

    The (n,γ) reaction of the radioactive isotope 93Zr has been measured at the n_TOF high-resolution time-of-flight facility at CERN. Resonance parameters have been extracted in the neutron energy range up to 8 keV, yielding capture widths smaller (14%) than reported in an earlier experiment. These results are important for detailed nucleosynthesis calculations and for refined studies of waste transmutation concepts.

  11. A neutron spectrometer for neutron energies between 1 eV and 10 keV

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    Wang, C.K.; Blue, T.E.

    1988-01-01

    In boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), it is the consensus that epithermal neutron beams have advantages over thermal beams in treating deep-seated brain tumors, and large neutron fields have advantages over narrow beams, since whole-brain irradiations are thought to be necessary in many cases. Epithermal neutron sources for BNCT, which include filtered reactor neutron beams and moderated reactor neutron fields, are currently being developed at many institutions around the world. Neutrons with energies between 1 eV and 10 keV are most suitable for treating brain tumors. However, techniques for measuring neutron spectra in a vacuum in this energy range are not well developed. This paper describes a new type of neutron spectrometer that has a set of response functions that peak at equally spaced intervals on a logarithmic energy scale ranging from 1 eV to 10 keV; therefore, neutron spectra (or histograms) in this energy range can be obtained by properly applying spectrum unfolding techniques to the measured data. The spectrometer is applicable for measurements in a vacuum for both narrow neutron beams and wide neutron fields.

  12. Evaluation of Silicon Neutron Resonance Parameters in the Energy Range Thermal to 1800 keV

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    Derrien, H.

    2002-09-30

    The evaluation of the neutron cross sections of the three stable isotopes of silicon in the energy range thermal to 20 MeV was performed by Hetrick et al. for ENDF/B-VI (Evaluated Nuclear Data File). Resonance parameters were obtained in the energy range thermal to 1500 keV from a SAMMY analysis of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory experimental neutron transmission data. A new measurement of the capture cross section of natural silicon in the energy range 1 to 700 keV has recently been performed at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator. Results of this measurement were used in a SAMMY reevaluation of the resonance parameters, allowing determination of the capture width of a large number of resonances. The experimental data base is described; properties of the resonance parameters are given. For the first time the direct neutron capture component has been taken into account from the calculation by Rauscher et al. in the energy range from thermal to 1 MeV. Results of benchmark calculations are also given. The new evaluation is available in the ENDF/B-VI format.

  13. The Perseus and Coma clusters of galaxies at energies above 20 keV

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    Scheepmaker, A.; Ricker, G. R.; Brecher, K.; Ryckman, S. G.; Ballintine, J. E.; Doty, J. P.; Downey, P. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.

    1976-01-01

    Observations of the Perseus and Coma clusters of galaxies were made on June 21, 1974, with a balloon-borne X-ray telescope (energies of approximately 20-150 keV). No positive detection was made. The data favor a thermal bremsstrahlung mechanism for the X-ray production in the Perseus cluster of galaxies over the inverse Compton mechanism. In the case of the Coma cluster of galaxies, the data are inconclusive with respect to determining the origin of the X-rays.

  14. Extension to Low Energies (<7keV) of High Pressure X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Itie, J.-P.; Flank, A.-M.; Lagarde, P.; Idir, M.; Polian, A.; Couzinet, B.

    2007-01-19

    High pressure x-ray absorption has been performed down to 3.6 keV, thanks to the new LUCIA beamline (SLS, PSI) and to the use of perforated diamonds or Be gasket. Various experimental geometries are proposed, depending on the energy of the edge and on the concentration of the studied element. A few examples will be presented: BaTiO3 at the titanium K edge, Zn0.95 Mn0.05O at the manganese K edge, KCl at the potassium K edge.

  15. NEUTRON TOTAL CROSS SECTIONS OF 235U FROM TRANSMISSION MEASUREMENTS IN THE ENERGY RANGE 2 keV to 300 keV AND STATISTICAL MODEL ANALYSIS OF THE DATA

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    Derrien, H.

    2000-05-22

    The average {sup 235}U neutron total cross sections were obtained in the energy range 2 keV to 330 keV from high-resolution transmission measurements of a 0.033 atom/b sample. The experimental data were corrected for the contribution of isotope impurities and for resonance self-shielding effects in the sample. The results are in very good agreement with the experimental data of Poenitz et al. in the energy range 40 keV to 330 keV and are the only available accurate experimental data in the energy range 2 keV to 40 keV. ENDF/B-VI evaluated data are 1.7% larger. The SAMMY/FITACS code was used for a statistical model analysis of the total cross section, selected fission cross sections and {alpha} data in the energy range 2 keV to 200 keV. SAMMY/FITACS is an extended version of SAMMY which allows consistent analysis of the experimental data in the resolved and unresolved resonance region. The Reich-Moore resonance parameters were obtained from a SAMMY Bayesian fits of high resolution experimental neutron transmission and partial cross section data below 2.25 keV, and the corresponding average parameters and covariance data were used in the present work as input for the statistical model analysis of the high energy range of the experimental data. The result of the analysis shows that the average resonance parameters obtained from the analysis of the unresolved resonance region are consistent with those obtained in the resolved energy region. Another important result is that ENDF/B-VI capture cross section could be too small by more than 10% in the energy range 10 keV to 200 keV.

  16. Neutron Total Cross Sections of {sup 235}U From Transmission Measurements in the Energy Range 2 keV to 300 keV and Statistical Model Analysis of the Data

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    Derrien, H.; Harvey, J.A.; Larson, N.M.; Leal, L.C.; Wright, R.Q.

    2000-05-01

    The average {sup 235}U neutron total cross sections were obtained in the energy range 2 keV to 330 keV from high-resolution transmission measurements of a 0.033 atom/b sample.1 The experimental data were corrected for the contribution of isotope impurities and for resonance self-shielding effects in the sample. The results are in very good agreement with the experimental data of Poenitz et al.4 in the energy range 40 keV to 330 keV and are the only available accurate experimental data in the energy range 2 keV to 40 keV. ENDF/B-VI evaluated data are 1.7% larger. The SAMMY/FITACS code 2 was used for a statistical model analysis of the total cross section, selected fission cross sections and data in the energy range 2 keV to 200 keV. SAMMY/FITACS is an extended version of SAMMY which allows consistent analysis of the experimental data in the resolved and unresolved resonance region. The Reich-Moore resonance parameters were obtained 3 from a SAMMY Bayesian fits of high resolution experimental neutron transmission and partial cross section data below 2.25 keV, and the corresponding average parameters and covariance data were used in the present work as input for the statistical model analysis of the high energy range of the experimental data. The result of the analysis shows that the average resonance parameters obtained from the analysis of the unresolved resonance region are consistent with those obtained in the resolved energy region. Another important result is that ENDF/B-VI capture cross section could be too small by more than 10% in the energy range 10 keV to 200 keV.

  17. Characterisation of a counting imaging detector for electron detection in the energy range 10-20 keV

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    Moldovan, G.; Sikharulidze, I.; Matheson, J.; Derbyshire, G.; Kirkland, A. I.; Abrahams, J. P.

    2012-07-01

    As part of a feasibility study into the use of novel electron detector for X-ray photoelectron emission microscopes (XPEEM) and related methods, we have characterised the imaging performance of a counting Medipix 2 readout chip bump bonded to a Silicon diode array sensor and directly exposed to electrons in the energy range 10-20 keV. Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE), Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and Noise Power Spectra (NPS) are presented, demonstrating very good performance for the case of electrons with an energy of 20 keV. Significant reductions in DQE are observed for electrons with energy of 15 keV and less, down to levels of 20% for electrons of 10 keV.

  18. Observation of an impulsive solar electron event extending down to ˜0.5 keV energy

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    Lin, R. P.; Larson, D.; McFadden, J.; Carlson, C. W.; Ergun, R. E.; Anderson, K. A.; Ashford, S.; McCarthy, M.; Parks, G. K.; Rème, H.; Bosqued, J. M.; d'Uston, C.; Sanderson, T. R.; Wenzel, K.-P.

    We present the first observation of a solar impulsive electron event spanning the entire solar wind-suprathermal particle energy range (few eV to hundreds of keV), obtained with the 3-D Plasma and Energetic Particle experiment on the WIND spacecraft. The electron energy spectrum fits to a power-law ˜ E-3 from ˜40 keV down to a peak at ≲ 1 keV, with significant flux detected down to ˜0.5 keV. Since the range of such low energy electrons in ionized hydrogen is much less than the column density of the corona, they must be accelerated high, ˜1 R⊙ (solar radius) above the photosphere, for typical active coronal density models.

  19. SURVIVAL DEPTH OF ORGANICS IN ICES UNDER LOW-ENERGY ELECTRON RADIATION ({<=}2 keV)

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    Barnett, Irene Li; Lignell, Antti; Gudipati, Murthy S.

    2012-03-01

    Icy surfaces in our solar system are continually modified and sputtered with electrons, ions, and photons from solar wind, cosmic rays, and local magnetospheres in the cases of Jovian and Saturnian satellites. In addition to their prevalence, electrons specifically are expected to be a principal radiolytic agent on these satellites. Among energetic particles (electrons and ions), electrons penetrate by far the deepest into the ice and could cause damage to organic material of possible prebiotic and even biological importance. To determine if organic matter could survive and be detected through remote sensing or in situ explorations on these surfaces, such as water ice-rich Europa, it is important to obtain accurate data quantifying electron-induced chemistry and damage depths of organics at varying incident electron energies. Experiments reported here address the quantification issue at lower electron energies (100 eV-2 keV) through rigorous laboratory data analysis obtained using a novel methodology. A polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecule, pyrene, embedded in amorphous water ice films of controlled thicknesses served as an organic probe. UV-VIS spectroscopic measurements enabled quantitative assessment of organic matter survival depths in water ice. Eight ices of various thicknesses were studied to determine damage depths more accurately. The electron damage depths were found to be linear, approximately 110 nm keV{sup -1}, in the tested range which is noticeably higher than predictions by Monte Carlo simulations by up to 100%. We conclude that computational simulations underestimate electron damage depths in the energy region {<=}2 keV. If this trend holds at higher electron energies as well, present models utilizing radiation-induced organic chemistry in icy solar system bodies need to be revisited. For interstellar ices of a few micron thicknesses, we conclude that low-energy electrons generated through photoionization processes in the interstellar medium could penetrate through ice grains significantly and trigger organic reactions several hundred nanometers deep-bulk chemistry thus competing with surface chemistry of astrophysical ice grains.

  20. Observations of solar flare photon energy spectra from 20 keV to 7 MeV

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    Yoshimori, M.; Watanabe, H.; Nitta, N.

    1985-01-01

    Solar flare photon energy spectra in the 20 keV to 7 MeV range are derived from the Apr. 1, Apr. 4, apr. 27 and May 13, 1981 flares. The flares were observed with a hard X-ray and a gamma-ray spectrometers on board the Hinotori satellite. The results show that the spectral shape varies from flare to flare and the spectra harden in energies above about 400 keV. Effects of nuclear line emission on the continuum and of higher energy electron bremsstrahlung are considered to explain the spectral hardening.

  1. Stochastic spatial energy deposition profiles for MeV protons and keV electrons

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    Udalagama, C.; Bettiol, A. A.; Watt, F.

    2009-12-01

    With the rapid advances being made in novel high-energy ion-beam techniques such as proton beam writing, single-ion-event effects, ion-beam-radiation therapy, ion-induced fluorescence imaging, proton/ion microscopy, and ion-induced electron imaging, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the spatial energy-deposition profiles of energetic ions as they penetrate matter. In this work we present the results of comprehensive yet straightforward event-by-event Monte Carlo calculations that simulate ion/electron propagation and secondary electron ( δ ray) generation to yield spatial energy-deposition data. These calculations combine SRIM/TRIM features, EEDL97 data and volume-plasmon-localization models with a modified version of one of the newer δ ray generation models, namely, the Hansen-Kocbach-Stolterfoht. The development of the computer code DEEP (deposition of energy due to electrons and protons) offers a unique means of studying the energy-deposition/redistribution problem while still retaining the important stochastic nature inherent in these processes which cannot be achieved with analytical modeling. As an example of an application of DEEP we present results that compare the energy-deposition profiles of primary MeV protons and primary keV electrons in polymethymethacrylate. Such data are important when comparing proximity effects in the direct write lithography processes of proton-beam writing and electron-beam writing. Our calculations demonstrate that protons are able to maintain highly compact spatial energy-deposition profiles compared with electrons.

  2. Imager of low energy neutral atoms (ILENA) - Imaging neutrals from the magnetosphere at energies below 20 keV

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    Herrero, Federico A.; Smith, Mark F.

    1992-01-01

    We describe a new imager suitable for measurements of magnetospheric neutrals with energies from about 100 eV to about 10 keV; an energy range adequate for imaging the plasmasheet neutral atoms out to about 10 R(E). The instrument, an outgrowth of a study of atom-surface collisions in support of satellite drag calculations, separates incident photons from neutral atoms by surface scattering and conversion of the neutrals to ions. Subsequently, the ions formed on the first surface are accelerated through a light rejection section which also disperses the ions according to energy. The dispersed ion beam is then allowed to impact a second surface where a start pulse is generated to obtain ion velocity and energy/charge. The second surface is chosen to give large secondary electron emission without regard to charge state of the particles reflected from it. The data supporting the proposed ILENA design is presented in the first part of the paper.

  3. Applications of "Tender" Energy (1-5 keV) X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy in Life Sciences.

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    Northrup, Paul; Leri, Alessandra; Tappero, Ryan

    2016-01-01

    The "tender" energy range of 1 to 5 keV, between the energy ranges of most "hard" (>5 keV) and "soft" (<1 keV) synchrotron X-ray facilities, offers some unique opportunities for synchrotron- based X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy in life sciences. In particular the K absorption edges of Na through Ca offer opportunities to study local structure, speciation, and chemistry of many important biological compounds, structures and processes. This is an area of largely untapped science, in part due to a scarcity of optimized facilities. Such measurements also entail unique experimental challenges. This brief review describes the technique, its experimental challenges, recent progress in development of microbeam measurement capabilities, and several highlights illustrating applications in life sciences. PMID:26740327

  4. Cross section for induced L X-ray emission by protons of energy <400 keV

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    Mohan, Harsh; Jain, Arvind Kumar; Kaur, Mandeep; Singh, Parjit S.; Sharma, Sunita

    2014-08-01

    In performing ion beam analysis, cross section for induced L X-ray emission plays a crucial role. There are different approaches by which these can be found experimentally or can be calculated theoretically based on various models. L X-ray production cross sections for Bi with protons in the energy range 260-400 keV at the interval of 20 keV are measured. These are compared with calculations obtained on the basis of current prevailing theories ECPSSR and ECPSSR-UA. Their importance in understanding this phenomenon and existing arguments in this regard will be highlighted.

  5. Energy dispersion of X-ray continua in the energy range 8 keV to 16 keV by refraction on Si wafers

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    Ebel, H.; Streli, C.; Pepponi, G.; Wobrauschek, P.

    2001-11-01

    Total reflection of X-rays in matter at given grazing incidence angle is characterized by an energy cut-off. Photons with energies greater than the cut-off energy penetrate into matter and are refracted corresponding to a transition from the optically more dense to the optically less dense medium. Since the refractive index depends on photon energy, an energy dispersion of continuous X-radiation is observed. The present investigation is dedicated to the energy dispersion of continuous X-radiation from an X-ray tube with Mo target (operated at 45 kV) by Si wafers. Theory and experimental results are in excellent agreement. Measurement of the cut-off and refracted beam is a very good tool for angular calibration of experimental setups in total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis (TXRF). A further interesting detail of this concept is its application to monochromators, which can be tuned over a wide range of photon energies. A refractive monochromator does not suffer from the occurrence of harmonics and a systematic variation of the photon flux and the spectral width of monochromatic radiation can be performed by a variation of slit widths in the collimator system.

  6. Studies on effective atomic numbers for photon energy absorption and electron density of some narcotic drugs in the energy range 1 keV-20 MeV

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    Gounhalli, Shivraj G.; Shantappa, Anil; Hanagodimath, S. M.

    2013-04-01

    Effective atomic numbers for photon energy absorption ZPEA,eff, photon interaction ZPI,eff and for electron density Nel, have been calculated by a direct method in the photon-energy region from 1 keV to 20 MeV for narcotic drugs, such as Heroin (H), Cocaine (CO), Caffeine (CA), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinol (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). The ZPEA,eff, ZPI,eff and Nel values have been found to change with energy and composition of the narcotic drugs. The energy dependence ZPEA,eff, ZPI,eff and Nel is shown graphically. The maximum difference between the values of ZPEA,eff, and ZPI,eff occurs at 30 keV and the significant difference of 2 to 33% for the energy region 5-100 keV for all drugs. The reason for these differences is discussed.

  7. Novel Method to Study Neutron Capture of U235 and U238 Simultaneously at keV Energies

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    Wallner, A.; Belgya, T.; Bichler, M.; Buczak, K.; Dillmann, I.; Käppeler, F.; Lederer, C.; Mengoni, A.; Quinto, F.; Steier, P.; Szentmiklosi, L.

    2014-05-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of the main uranium isotopes, U235 and U238, were measured simultaneously for keV energies, for the first time by combining activation technique and atom counting of the reaction products using accelerator mass spectrometry. New data, with a precision of 3%-5%, were obtained from mg-sized natural uranium samples for neutron energies with an equivalent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of kT ˜25 keV and for a broad energy distribution peaking at 426 keV. The cross-section ratio of U235(n ,γ)/U238(n ,γ) can be deduced in accelerator mass spectrometry directly from the atom ratio of the reaction products U236/U239, independent of any fluence normalization. Our results confirm the values at the lower band of existing data. They serve as important anchor points to resolve present discrepancies in nuclear data libraries as well as for the normalization of cross-section data used in the nuclear astrophysics community for s-process studies.

  8. Novel method to study neutron capture of 235U and 238U simultaneously at keV energies.

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    Wallner, A; Belgya, T; Bichler, M; Buczak, K; Dillmann, I; Käppeler, F; Lederer, C; Mengoni, A; Quinto, F; Steier, P; Szentmiklosi, L

    2014-05-16

    The neutron capture cross sections of the main uranium isotopes, (235)U and (238)U, were measured simultaneously for keV energies, for the first time by combining activation technique and atom counting of the reaction products using accelerator mass spectrometry. New data, with a precision of 3%-5%, were obtained from mg-sized natural uranium samples for neutron energies with an equivalent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of kT ∼ 25 keV and for a broad energy distribution peaking at 426 keV. The cross-section ratio of (235)U(n,γ)/(238)U(n,γ) can be deduced in accelerator mass spectrometry directly from the atom ratio of the reaction products (236)U/(239)U, independent of any fluence normalization. Our results confirm the values at the lower band of existing data. They serve as important anchor points to resolve present discrepancies in nuclear data libraries as well as for the normalization of cross-section data used in the nuclear astrophysics community for s-process studies. PMID:24877933

  9. Neutron total cross section measurements in the energy region from 47 keV to 20 MeV

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    Poenitz, W.P.; Whalen, J.F.

    1983-05-01

    Neutron total cross sections were measured for 26 elements. Data were obtained in the energy range from 47 keV to 20 MeV for 11 elements in the range of light-mass fission products. Previously reported measurements for eight heavy and actinide isotopes were extended to 20 MeV. Data were also obtained for Cu (47 keV to 1.4 MeV) and for Sc, Zn, Nd, Hf, and Pt (1.8 to 20 MeV). The present work is part of a continuing effort to provide accurate neutron total cross sections for evaluations and for optical-model parameteriztions. The latter are required for the derivation of other nuclear-data information of importance to applied programs. 37 references.

  10. Studies of polarization bremsstrahlung and ordinary bremsstrahlung from 89Sr beta particles in metallic targets in the photon energy region of 1-100 keV

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    Singh, Amrit; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2015-06-01

    Studies of polarization bremsstrahlung (PB) and ordinary bremsstrahlung (OB) produced by the 89Sr beta emitter in Al, Ti, Sn and Pb targets were undertaken at photon energies of 1-100 keV. The experimental results are compared with the Elwert corrected (non-relativistic) Bethe-Heitler (EBH) theory and the modified Elwert factor (relativistic) Bethe-Heitler (Fmod BH) theory for OB and with the Avdonina and Pratt (Fmod BH + PB) theory for total bremsstrahlung (BS). These results are in agreement with the Fmod BH + PB theory up to 13 keV, 16 keV, 22 keV and 28 keV energies for Al, Ti, Sn and Pb targets, respectively; Fmod BH theory is more accurate at higher energies.

  11. Sub-second variations of high energy ( 300 keV) hard X-ray emission from solar flares

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    Bai, Taeil

    1986-01-01

    Subsecond variations of hard X-ray emission from solar flares were first observed with a balloon-borne detector. With the launch of the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM), it is now well known that subsecond variations of hard X-ray emission occur quite frequently. Such rapid variations give constraints on the modeling of electron energization. Such rapid variations reported until now, however, were observed at relatively low energies. Fast mode data obtained by the Hard X-ray Burst Spectrometer (HXRBS) has time resolution of approximately 1 ms but has no energy resolution. Therefore, rapid fluctuations observed in the fast-mode HXRBS data are dominated by the low energy hard X-rays. It is of interest to know whether rapid fluctuations are observed in high-energy X-rays. The highest energy band at which subsecond variations were observed is 223 to 1057 keV. Subsecond variations observed with HXRBS at energies greater than 300 keV are reported, and the implications discussed.

  12. Mixing of binary metal systems by noble-gas ions of energies between 30 and 400 keV

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    Hiller, W.; Buchgeister, M.; Eitner, P.; Kopitzki, K.; Lilienthal, V.; Mertler, G.

    1990-03-01

    Multilayered samples of the binary systems Au-Rh and Ni-Pt were bombarded at 77 K with He-, Ne-, Ar- and Kr-ions at energies between 30 and 400 keV. The maximum irradiation dose was 2 1017 ions/cm2. All samples were analysed by X-ray diffraction using a Seemann-Bohlin arrangement. In thermal equilibrium the system Au-Rh has vanishingly small mutual solid solubility whereas the phase diagram of the system Ni-Pt shows that the two metals form a continuous series of solid solutions. By irradiation of Au-Rh samples with Kr-ions a single-phase metastable solid solution was produced. Irradiation with Ar- and Ne-ions results in extension of the terminal solid solubilities. Irradiation with 400 keV He-ions did not cause any mixing. This is in contrast to the experiments with 30 keV He-ions for which we could observe partial mixing. By ion irradiation of Ni-Pt samples solid solutions were produced in all cases. The results are discussed in the frame of the thermal spike model of ion beam mixing.

  13. DWBA analysis of {sup 12}C(d,p){sup 13}C cross section data below 300 keV deuteron energy

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    Naqvi, A.A.; Ayer, Z.; Ludwig, E.

    1994-12-31

    {sup 12}C(d,p){sup 13}T differential cross section data at 200, 220, 250, 280 and 300 keV deuteron energies has been analyzed using finite range DWBA codes PTOLEMY and TWOFNR. It was observed that shape and magnitude of the cross section data at 300, 280 keV energies can be fitted well but the shape of 250, 220 and 200 keV data cannot be fitted. However 250, 220 and 200 keV data shape can be fitted by changing the optical model parameters at each energy. This indicates a very strong energy dependence of the optical model parameters data of the entrance channel over such a small energy range which is not observed in the presently available elastic scattering data of the entrance channel.

  14. Low-energy x-ray dosimetry studies (7 to 17.5 keV) with synchroton radiation

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    Ipe, N.E.; Bellamy, H.; Flood, J.R.

    1995-06-01

    Unique properties of synchrotron radiation (SR), such as its high intensity, brightness, polarization, and broad spectral distribution (extending from x-ray to infra-red wavelengths) make it an attractive light source for numerous experiments. As SR facilities are rapidly being built all over the world, they introduce the need for low-energy x-ray dosemeters because of the potential radiation exposure to experimenters. However, they also provide a unique opportunity for low-energy x-ray dosimetry studies because of the availability of monochromatic x-ray beams. Results of such studies performed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory are described. Lithium fluoride TLDs (TLD-100) of varying thicknesses (0.015 to 0.08 cm) were exposed free in air to monochromatic x-rays (7 to 17.5 keV). These exposures were monitored with ionization chambers. The response (nC/Gy) was found to increase with increasing TLD thickness and with increasing beam energy. A steeper increase in response with increasing energy was observed with the thicker TLDs. The responses at 7 and 17.5 keV were within a factor of 2.3 and 5.2 for the 0.015 and 0.08 cm-thick TLDs, respectively. The effects of narrow (beam size smaller than the dosemeter) and broad (beam size larger than the dosemeter) beams on the response of the TLDs are also reported.

  15. Absolute Calibration of Image Plate for electrons at energy between 100 keV and 4 MeV

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    Chen, H; Back, N L; Eder, D C; Ping, Y; Song, P M; Throop, A

    2007-12-10

    The authors measured the absolute response of image plate (Fuji BAS SR2040) for electrons at energies between 100 keV to 4 MeV using an electron spectrometer. The electron source was produced from a short pulse laser irradiated on the solid density targets. This paper presents the calibration results of image plate Photon Stimulated Luminescence PSL per electrons at this energy range. The Monte Carlo radiation transport code MCNPX results are also presented for three representative incident angles onto the image plates and corresponding electron energies depositions at these angles. These provide a complete set of tools that allows extraction of the absolute calibration to other spectrometer setting at this electron energy range.

  16. A high-resolution time-of-flight energy analyzer for femtosecond electron pulses at 30 keV

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    Gliserin, Alexander; Walbran, Matthew; Baum, Peter

    2016-03-01

    We report a time-of-flight spectrometer for electron pulses at up to 30 keV, which is a suitable energy for atomic-resolution femtosecond investigations via time-resolved electron diffraction, microscopy, and energy loss spectroscopy. For realistic femtosecond beams without apertures, the instrument's energy resolution is ˜0.5 eV (full width at half maximum) or 2 × 10-5 at a throughput of 50%-90%. We demonstrate the analyzer's versatility by three first applications, namely, femtosecond electron pulse metrology via optical streaking, in situ drift correction in laser-microwave synchronization for electron pulse compression, and time-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy of aluminum, showing the instrument's capability of tracking plasmonic loss peak positions with few-meV accuracy.

  17. Directional characteristics of protons with energies above 12 keV in the low-latitude transition region

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    Kudela, K.; Lutsenko, V. N.; Pisarenko, N. F.; Roiko, I.; Fisher, S.

    1985-03-01

    The Prognoz-8 satellite measured the directional and temporal characteristics of protons with energies exceeding 12 keV in the low-latitude transition region in the upper atmosphere. The distribution of the proton fluxes in this region was found to have the character of unidirectional and bidirectional beams along or antiparallel to magnetic field lines; the main direction of the flux is from the magnetopause to the transition region. Bidirectionality, observed at low absolute values of B over a large part of the spacecraft trajectory in passing through the transition region, is a characteristic feature of the proton fluxes.

  18. Biological Response of Cancer and Normal Cells on Irradiation from Electrons with Energies up to 200 keV.

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    Prilepskiy, Yuriy

    2007-03-01

    This paper presents continuation data of the series of experiments with the electron gun of the CEBAF machine at Jefferson Lab (Newport News, VA), which is capable of delivering electrons with energies up to 200 keV. This 1.5 GHz beam permits to generate cellular damage within minutes. We have performed irradiation of cancer and normal cells with different electron energies and currents to investigate cell biological responses. The biological response is measured through proteomics analysis before and after irradiation. The living cells are encased in special air containers allowing proper positioning in vacuum where the electrons are present. The containers receive the irradiation from the mono energetic electrons with energy up to 120 keV, resulting in an irradiation from both electrons and a small number of photons from the original beam passing through the thin container window. This window allows approximately half of the beam to come through. The study will permit to address the physical processes involved in the RBE and LET at a level that supersedes current data listed in the literature. We will discuss the experimental setup and the second stage of data collected with the new more developed system. This research is part of a global program to provide detailed information for the understanding of radiation based cancer treatments.

  19. Improving the energy response of external beam therapy (EBT) GafChromic{sup TM} dosimetry films at low energies (≤100 keV)

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    Bekerat, H. Devic, S.; DeBlois, F.; Singh, K.; Sarfehnia, A.; Seuntjens, J.; Shih, Shelley; Yu, Xiang; Lewis, D.

    2014-02-15

    Purpose: Purpose of this work is to investigate the effects of varying the active layer composition of external beam therapy (EBT) GafChromic{sup TM} films on the energy dependence of the film, as well as try to develop a new prototype with more uniform energy response at low photon energies (⩽100 keV). Methods: First, the overall energy response (S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q)) of different commercial EBT type film models that represent the three different generations produced to date, i.e., EBT, EBT2, and EBT3, was investigated. Pieces of each film model were irradiated to a fixed dose of 2 Gy to water for a wide range of beam qualities and the corresponding S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q) was measured using a flatbed document scanner. Furthermore, the DOSRZnrc Monte Carlo code was used to determine the absorbed dose to water energy dependence of the film, f(Q). Moreover, the intrinsic energy dependence, k{sub bq}(Q), for each film model was evaluated using the corresponding S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q) and f(Q). In the second part of this study, the authors investigated the effects of changing the chemical composition of the active layer on S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q). Finally, based on these results, the film manufacturer fabricated several film prototypes and the authors evaluated their S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q). Results: The commercial EBT film model shows an under response at all energies below 100 keV reaching 39% ± 4% at about 20 keV. The commercial EBT2 and EBT3 film models show an under response of about 27% ± 4% at 20 keV and an over response of about 16% ± 4% at 40 keV.S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q) of the three commercial film models at low energies show strong correlation with the corresponding f{sup −1}(Q) curves. The commercial EBT3 model with 4% Cl in the active layer shows under response of 22% ± 4% at 20 keV and 6% ± 4% at about 40 keV. However, increasing the mass percent of chlorine makes the film more hygroscopic which may affect the stability of the film's readout. The EBT3 film prototype with 7.5% Si shows a significant improvement in the energy response at very low energies compared to the commercial EBT3 films with 4% Cl. It shows under response of 15% ± 5% at about 20 keV to 2% ± 5% at about 40 keV. However, according to the manufacturer, the addition of 7.5% Si as SiO{sub 2} adversely affected the viscosity of the active fluid and therefore affected the potential use in commercial machine coating. The latest commercial EBT3 film model with 7% Al as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows an overall improvement in S{sub AD,} {sub W}(Q) compared to previous commercial EBT3 films. It shows under response at all energies <100 keV, varying from 20% ± 4% at 20 keV to 6% ± 4% at 40 keV. Conclusions: The energy response of films in the energy range <100 keV can be improved by adjusting the active layer chemical composition. Removing bromine eliminated the over response at about 40 keV. The under response at energies ≤30 keV is improved by adding 7% Al to the active layer in the latest commercial EBT3 film models.

  20. Nuclear and electronic energy loss by 1 keV to 60 keV ions in silicon : comparison of measurement to SRIM

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    Funsten, H. O.; Harper, R. W.; Ritzau, S. M.; Korde, R.

    2003-01-01

    Comparison of TRIM simulations with measurements of the energy lost to electronic and nuclear stopping processes using 1 00% internal carrier collection efficiency silicon photodiodes shows a large, systematic overestimation by TRIM of electronic energy loss.

  1. First wave of cultivators spread to Cyprus at least 10,600 y ago

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    Vigne, Jean-Denis; Briois, François; Zazzo, Antoine; Willcox, George; Cucchi, Thomas; Thiébault, Stéphanie; Carrère, Isabelle; Franel, Yodrik; Touquet, Régis; Martin, Chloé; Moreau, Christophe; Comby, Clothilde; Guilaine, Jean

    2012-01-01

    Early Neolithic sedentary villagers started cultivating wild cereals in the Near East 11,500 y ago [Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA)]. Recent discoveries indicated that Cyprus was frequented by Late PPNA people, but the earliest evidence until now for both the use of cereals and Neolithic villages on the island dates to 10,400 y ago. Here we present the recent archaeological excavation at Klimonas, which demonstrates that established villagers were living on Cyprus between 11,100 and 10,600 y ago. Villagers had stone artifacts and buildings (including a remarkable 10-m diameter communal building) that were similar to those found on Late PPNA sites on the mainland. Cereals were introduced from the Levant, and meat was obtained by hunting the only ungulate living on the island, a small indigenous Cypriot wild boar. Cats and small domestic dogs were brought from the mainland. This colonization suggests well-developed maritime capabilities by the PPNA period, but also that migration from the mainland may have occurred shortly after the beginning of agriculture. PMID:22566638

  2. First wave of cultivators spread to Cyprus at least 10,600 y ago.

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    Vigne, Jean-Denis; Briois, François; Zazzo, Antoine; Willcox, George; Cucchi, Thomas; Thiébault, Stéphanie; Carrère, Isabelle; Franel, Yodrik; Touquet, Régis; Martin, Chloé; Moreau, Christophe; Comby, Clothilde; Guilaine, Jean

    2012-05-29

    Early Neolithic sedentary villagers started cultivating wild cereals in the Near East 11,500 y ago [Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA)]. Recent discoveries indicated that Cyprus was frequented by Late PPNA people, but the earliest evidence until now for both the use of cereals and Neolithic villages on the island dates to 10,400 y ago. Here we present the recent archaeological excavation at Klimonas, which demonstrates that established villagers were living on Cyprus between 11,100 and 10,600 y ago. Villagers had stone artifacts and buildings (including a remarkable 10-m diameter communal building) that were similar to those found on Late PPNA sites on the mainland. Cereals were introduced from the Levant, and meat was obtained by hunting the only ungulate living on the island, a small indigenous Cypriot wild boar. Cats and small domestic dogs were brought from the mainland. This colonization suggests well-developed maritime capabilities by the PPNA period, but also that migration from the mainland may have occurred shortly after the beginning of agriculture. PMID:22566638

  3. Attenuation coefficients of soils and some building materials of Bangladesh in the energy range 276-1332 keV.

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    Alam, M N; Miah, M M; Chowdhury, M I; Kamal, M; Ghose, S; Rahman, R

    2001-06-01

    The linear and mass attenuation coefficients of different types of soil, sand, building materials and heavy beach mineral samples from the Chittagong and Cox's Bazar area of Bangladesh were measured using a high-resolution HPGe detector and the gamma-ray energies 276.1, 302.8, 356.0, 383.8, 661.6 and 1173.2 and 1332.5 keV emitted from point sources of 133Ba, 137Cs and 60Co, respectively. The linear attenuation coefficients show a linear relationship with the corresponding densities of the samples studied. The variations of the mass attenuation coefficient with gamma-ray energy were exponential in nature. The measured mass attenuation coefficient values were compared with measurements made in other countries for similar kinds of materials. The values are in good agreement with each other in most cases. PMID:11300413

  4. Double ionization of helium by 2-keV electrons in equal- and unequal-energy configurations

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    Ambrosio, M. J.; Mitnik, D. M.; Dorn, A.; Ancarani, L. U.; Gasaneo, G.

    2016-03-01

    We present theoretical and experimental fully differential cross sections, in coplanar scattering geometry, for the double ionization of helium by electron impacting at 2 keV. The observed structures for both equal and unequal sharing of the excess energy are analyzed. Although the incident energy could, in principle, be regarded as high enough for the applicability of the first Born approximation in the projectile-target interaction, the experimental cross sections, measured with a COLTRIMS apparatus, show that further orders' effects can be appreciated. The theoretical cross sections are calculated with the generalized Sturmian functions method, which exactly solves the three-body problem that stems from a first-order projectile-target perturbative treatment.

  5. Cusp shape studies in H + ? He collision in the energy range 75-1400 keV: experiment and theory

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    Zvodszky, P. A.; Gulys, L.; Sarkadi, L.; Vajnai, T.; Szab, Gy.; Ricz, S.; Plinks, J.; Bernyi, D.

    1994-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to measure the double differential cross section (DDCS) for the electron ejection as a function of electron energy at 0 observation angle in H + ? He collisions. Having in mind that the experimental and theoretical shape parameters of the DDCS known in the literature are rather scattered, we made a systematic study in the projectile energy range 75-1400 keV. The total electron yield and the shape parameters of the DDCS were determined and compared with the corresponding values from 2nd order OBK, CDW and CDW-EIS theories. A further aim of this work was to check whether the velocity of the projectile and that of the electrons at the maximum of the cusp peak are indeed equal.

  6. Measurements of Neutron Capture Cross Sections for DY Isotopes in the Energy Region from 10 TO 90 KEV

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    Kim, G. N.; Min, Y. G.; Ro, T. I.; Kim, H. D.; Ahn, J. K.; Mizuno, S.; Ohsaki, T.; Igashira, M.

    2003-06-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of Dy isotopes (161Dy, 162Dy, 163Dy, and 164Dy) have been measured in the neutron energy range from 10 to 90 keV using the 3-MV Pelletron accelerator of the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Pulsed keV neutrons were produced from the 7Li(p, n)7Be reaction by bombarding the lithium target with the 1.5-ns bunched proton beam from the Pelletron accelerator. The incident neutron spectrum on a capture sample was measured by means of a TOF method with a 6Li-glass detector. Capture γ-rays were detected with a large anti-Compton NaI(Tl) spectrometer, employing a TOF method. A pulse-height weighting technique was applied to observed capture γ-ray pulse-height spectra to derive capture yields. The capture cross sections were obtained by using the standard capture cross sections of 197Au. The present results were compared with the previous measurements and the evaluated values of ENDF/B-VI.

  7. Simulations of Microchannel Plate Sensitivity to <20 keV X-rays as a Function of Energy and Incident Angle

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    Kruschwitz, Craig; Wu, M.; Rochau, G. A.

    2013-06-13

    We present results of Monte Carlo simulations of microchannel plate (MCP) response to x-rays in the 250 eV to 20 keV energy range as a function of both x-ray energy and impact angle. The model is based on the model presented in Rochau et al. (2006). However, while the Rochau et al. (2006) model was two-dimensional, and their results only went to 5 keV, our results have been expanded to 20 keV, and our model has been incorporated into a three-dimensional Monte Carlo MCP model that we have developed over the past several years (Kruschwitz et al. 2011). X-ray penetration through multiple MCP pore walls is increasingly important above 5 keV. The effect of x-ray penetration through multiple pores on MCP performance was studied and is presented.

  8. Measurement of Lα and Lβ1,3,4 fluorescence cross sections of La, Ce, Pr and Nd induced by photons of energies between 7.01 keV and 8.75 keV

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    Reyes-Herrera, J.; Miranda, J.

    2016-06-01

    This study presents measurement results of x-ray production cross sections of Lα and Lβ1,3,4 emitted by four lanthanoid elements (La, Ce, Pr and Nd), after irradiation with Kα and Kβ X rays of the elements Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn (covering energies between 7.01 keV and 8.75 keV). Primary x-rays were induced in turn by the irradiation of thick targets of these elements with a beam of x-rays produced by a tube with an Rh anode, operating at 50 kV and 850 μA. The experimental results are compared with theoretical cross sections predicted using known tabulations of photoelectric cross sections. Dirac-Hartree-Slater (DHS) atomic parameters were used for these calculations. An acceptable match between experiment and both sets of tabulated data is found.

  9. Energy response of GR-200A thermoluminescence dosemeters to 60Co and to monoenergetic synchrotron radiation in the energy range 28-40 keV.

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    Emiro, F; Di Lillo, F; Mettivier, G; Fedon, C; Longo, R; Tromba, G; Russo, P

    2016-01-01

    The response of LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescence dosemeters (type GR-200A) to monoenergetic radiation of energy 28, 35, 38 and 40 keV was evaluated with respect to irradiation with a calibrated (60)Co gamma-ray source. High-precision measurements of the relative air kerma response performed at the SYRMEP beamline of the ELETTRA synchrotron radiation facility (Trieste, Italy) showed a significant deviation of the average response to low-energy X-rays from that to (60)Co, with an over-response from 6 % (at 28 keV) to 22 % (at 40 keV). These data are not consistent with literature data for these dosemeters, where model predictions gave deviation from unity of the relative air kerma response of about 10 %. The authors conclude for the need of additional determinations of the low-energy relative response of GR-200A dosemeters, covering a wider range of monoenergetic energies sampled at a fine energy step, as planned in future experiments by their group at the ELETTRA facility. PMID:25737582

  10. High-resolution integrated germanium Compton polarimeter for the γ-ray energy range 80 keV-1 MeV

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    Sareen, R. A.; Urban, W.; Barnett, A. R.; Varley, B. J.

    1995-06-01

    Parameters which govern the choice of a detection system to measure the linear polarization of γ rays at low energies are discussed. An integrated polarimeter is described which is constructed from a single crystal of germanium. It is a compact planar device with the sectors defined electrically, and which gives an energy resolution in the add-back mode of 1 keV at 300 keV. Its performance is demonstrated in a series of calibration measurements using both unpolarized radiation from radioactive sources and polarized γ rays from the 168Er(α,2n)170Yb reaction at Eα=25 MeV. Polarization measurements at energies as low as 84 keV have been achieved, where the sensitivity was 0.32±0.09. The sensitivity, efficiency, and energy resolution are reported. Our results indicate that energy resolution should be included in the definition of the figure of merit and we relate the new definition to earlier work. The comparisons show the advantages of the present design in the energy range below 300 keV and its competitiveness up to 1500 keV.

  11. Dosimetric prerequisites for routine clinical use of photon emitting brachytherapy sources with average energy higher than 50 kev

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    Li Zuofeng; Das, Rupak K.; De Werd, Larry A.; Ibbott, Geoffrey S.; Meigooni, Ali S.; Perez-Calatayud, Jose; Rivard, Mark J.; Sloboda, Ronald S.; Williamson, Jeffrey F.

    2007-01-15

    This paper presents the recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) on the dosimetric parameters to be characterized, and dosimetric studies to be performed to obtain them, for brachytherapy sources with average energy higher than 50 keV that are intended for routine clinical use. In addition, this document makes recommendations on procedures to be used to maintain vendor source strength calibration accuracy. These recommendations reflect the guidance of the AAPM and the ESTRO for its members, and may also be used as guidance to vendors and regulatory agencies in developing good manufacturing practices for sources used in routine clinical treatments.

  12. 12.6 keV Kr K-alpha X-ray Source For High Energy Density Physics Experiments

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    Kugland, N; Constantin, C G; Niemann, C; Neumayer, P; Chung, H; Doppner, T; Kemp, A; Glenzer, S H; Girard, F

    2008-04-22

    A high contrast 12.6 keV Kr K{alpha} source has been demonstrated on the petawatt-class Titan laser facility. The contrast ratio (K{alpha} to continuum) is 65, with a competitive ultra short pulse laser to x-ray conversion efficiency of 10{sup -5}. Filtered shadowgraphy indicates that the Kr K{alpha} and K{beta} x-rays are emitted from a roughly 1 x 2 mm emission volume, making this source suitable for area backlighting and scattering. Spectral calculations indicate a typical bulk electron temperature of 50-70 eV (i.e. mean ionization state 13-16), based on the observed ratio of K{alpha} to K{beta}. Kr gas jets provide a debris-free high energy K{alpha} source for time-resolved diagnosis of dense matter.

  13. Laboratory-based X-ray reflectometer for multilayer characterization in the 15-150 keV energy band.

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    Windt, David L

    2015-04-01

    A laboratory-based X-ray reflectometer has been developed to measure the performance of hard X-ray multilayer coatings at their operational X-ray energies and incidence angles. The instrument uses a sealed-tube X-ray source with a tungsten anode that can operate up to 160 kV to provide usable radiation in the 15-150 keV energy band. Two sets of adjustable tungsten carbide slit assemblies, spaced 4.1 m apart, are used to produce a low-divergence white beam, typically set to 40 μm × 800 μm in size at the sample. Multilayer coatings under test are held flat using a vacuum chuck and are mounted at the center of a high-resolution goniometer used for precise angular positioning of the sample and detector; additionally, motorized linear stages provide both vertical and horizontal adjustments of the sample position relative to the incident beam. A CdTe energy-sensitive detector, located behind a third adjustable slit, is used in conjunction with pulse-shaping electronics and a multi-channel analyzer to capture both the incident and reflected spectra; the absolute reflectance of the coating under test is computed as the ratio of the two spectra. The instrument's design, construction, and operation are described in detail, and example results are presented obtained with both periodic, narrow-band and depth-graded, wide-band hard X-ray multilayer coatings. PMID:25933841

  14. Laboratory-based x-ray reflectometer for multilayer characterization in the 15–150 keV energy band

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    Windt, David L.

    2015-04-15

    A laboratory-based X-ray reflectometer has been developed to measure the performance of hard X-ray multilayer coatings at their operational X-ray energies and incidence angles. The instrument uses a sealed-tube X-ray source with a tungsten anode that can operate up to 160 kV to provide usable radiation in the 15–150 keV energy band. Two sets of adjustable tungsten carbide slit assemblies, spaced 4.1 m apart, are used to produce a low-divergence white beam, typically set to 40 μm × 800 μm in size at the sample. Multilayer coatings under test are held flat using a vacuum chuck and are mounted at the center of a high-resolution goniometer used for precise angular positioning of the sample and detector; additionally, motorized linear stages provide both vertical and horizontal adjustments of the sample position relative to the incident beam. A CdTe energy-sensitive detector, located behind a third adjustable slit, is used in conjunction with pulse-shaping electronics and a multi-channel analyzer to capture both the incident and reflected spectra; the absolute reflectance of the coating under test is computed as the ratio of the two spectra. The instrument’s design, construction, and operation are described in detail, and example results are presented obtained with both periodic, narrow-band and depth-graded, wide-band hard X-ray multilayer coatings.

  15. Laboratory-based x-ray reflectometer for multilayer characterization in the 15-150 keV energy band

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    Windt, David L.

    2015-04-01

    A laboratory-based X-ray reflectometer has been developed to measure the performance of hard X-ray multilayer coatings at their operational X-ray energies and incidence angles. The instrument uses a sealed-tube X-ray source with a tungsten anode that can operate up to 160 kV to provide usable radiation in the 15-150 keV energy band. Two sets of adjustable tungsten carbide slit assemblies, spaced 4.1 m apart, are used to produce a low-divergence white beam, typically set to 40 μm × 800 μm in size at the sample. Multilayer coatings under test are held flat using a vacuum chuck and are mounted at the center of a high-resolution goniometer used for precise angular positioning of the sample and detector; additionally, motorized linear stages provide both vertical and horizontal adjustments of the sample position relative to the incident beam. A CdTe energy-sensitive detector, located behind a third adjustable slit, is used in conjunction with pulse-shaping electronics and a multi-channel analyzer to capture both the incident and reflected spectra; the absolute reflectance of the coating under test is computed as the ratio of the two spectra. The instrument's design, construction, and operation are described in detail, and example results are presented obtained with both periodic, narrow-band and depth-graded, wide-band hard X-ray multilayer coatings.

  16. A silicon <111> phase retarder for producing circularly polarized x-rays in the 2.1-3 keV energy range

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    Bouchenoire, Laurence; Morris, Richard J. H.; Hase, Thomas P. A.

    2012-08-01

    Circularly polarized synchrotron light is routinely used to study different material properties but is difficult to generate reproducibly below 3.1 keV. We present data from a 5 μm Si <111> phase retarder (PR) designed to operate in the 2.1 to 3 keV energy range. Measurements were performed at the Pd L3 edge to enable direct comparison with a conventional diamond PR. The degree of circular polarization was ascertained indirectly by recording the resonant specular reflectivity from a [Fe(2 ML)/Pd(15 ML)]×20 multilayer. Our findings show that such a device can be used to extend the usable energy capability of PR technology down to 2.1 keV.

  17. Calibration of an UTW Si(Li) detector in the 0.28-22.1 keV energy range at a nuclear microprobe

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    Uzonyi, I.; Szabó, Gy.; Borbély-Kiss, I.; Kiss, Á. Z.

    2003-09-01

    The efficiency of an ultra thin windowed Si(Li) detector has been determined experimentally in the photon energy range of 0.28-22.1 keV at the Debrecen scanning nuclear microprobe facility. The calibration technique was based on the measurement of thick targets made from pure elements and chemical compounds by PIXE technique. Characteristic X-ray spectra were fitted and PIXE cross-sections were calculated by the new version of the PIXEKLM program package. The efficiency function was determined by fitting the detector parameters in order to minimize the difference between the measured and calculated efficiency values. The accuracy of the method is estimated to be 20-10% in the 0.28-1 keV energy range and 10-5% above 1 keV. An overview of theoretical and experimental aspects of the efficiency calibration procedure will be presented.

  18. Fine pitch CdTe-based hard-X-ray polarimeter performance for space science in the 70-300 keV energy range

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    Antier, S.; Limousin, O.; Ferrando, P.

    2015-07-01

    X-rays astrophysical sources have been almost characterized through imaging, spectroscopy and timing analysis. Nevertheless, more observational parameters such as polarization are needed because some radiation mechanisms present in gamma-ray sources are still unclear. We have developed a CdTe based fine-pitch imaging spectrometer, Caliste to study polarization. With a 58-micron pitch and 1 keV energy resolution at 60 keV, we are able to accurately reconstruct the polarization angle and fraction of an impinging flux of photons which are scattered by 90° after Compton diffusion within the crystal. In this paper, we present the principles and the results obtained for this kind of measurements: on one hand, we compare simulations results with experimental data taken at ESRF ID15A (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) using a 35-300 keV mono-energetic polarized beam. Applying a judicious energy selection to our data set, we reach a remarkable sensitivity level characterized by a measured Quality factor of 0.78±0.02 in the 200-300 keV range; and a measured Q factor of 0.64±0.0 at 70 keV where hard X-rays mirrors are already available.

  19. Studies of internal bremsstrahlung spectrum of (35)S beta emitter in the photon energy region of 1-100 keV.

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    Singh, Amrit; Dhaliwal, A S

    2014-12-01

    The internal bremsstrahlung (IB) spectral photon distribution, produced by soft beta particles of (35)S (Wmax=164keV), in the photon energy region of 1-100keV, is measured by using a Si(Li) detector, having high energy resolution and efficiency at low energy region. The measured spectral IB photon distribution is compared with KUB theory and Coulomb corrected IB theories given by Nilsson, and Lewis and Ford. After applying the necessary corrections, the experimental and theoretical IB spectral photon distributions are compared in terms of the number of IB photon of energy k per moc(2) per unit photon yield. In the low energy region (below 10keV), the experimental results are in agreement with all the theories. However, in photon energy region of 10-50keV, experimental results are in agreement with Coulomb corrected Nilsson theory only, within the experimental errors. Further, beyond 50keV, the Nilsson theory is more close to the experimental results than the KUB, and the Lewis and Ford theories. Hence, the Nilsson theory is more accurate than the other theories given by KUB and Lewis and Ford, particularly at a high energy end. The experimental results reported here with Si(Li) detector are free from number of ambiguities in earlier measurements reported with NaI(Tl) and HPGe detectors. The present results are indicating a relook into the theoretical considerations, given by different theories, while taking into account the Coulomb corrections for predicting the IB spectrum, particularly at high photon energy region. PMID:25103247

  20. Inelastic processes in K+-He collisions in energy range 0.7-10 keV

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    Lomsadze, R. A.; Gochitashvili, M. R.; Kezerashvili, R. Ya.; Mosulishvili, N. O.; Phaneuf, R.

    2013-04-01

    Absolute cross sections for charge exchange, ionization, stripping, and excitation in K+-He collisions were measured in the ion energy range 0.7-10 keV. The experimental data and the schematic correlation diagrams are used to analyze and determine the mechanisms for these processes. The increase of the excitation probability of inelastic channels with the angle of scattering is revealed. An exceptionally highly excited state of He is observed and a peculiarity for the excitation function of the resonance line is explained. The intensity ratio for the excitation of the K II λ=60.1 nm and λ=61.2 nm lines is 5:1, which indicates the high probability for excitation of the singlet resonance level 1P1 compared to the triplet level 3P1. The similarity of the population of the 4p state of the potassium ion and atom as well as the anomalously small values of the excitation cross sections are explained.

  1. On the 5-50 keV Energy Spectrum of the Unresolved X-ray Background

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    Weisskopf, Martin C.; Swartz, Douglas A.; ODell, Stephen L.; Ramsey, Brian D.

    2006-01-01

    Previous analyses of HEAO-1 proportional-counter observations of the unresolved 5-50-keV background described its spectrum in terms of a 40-keV thermal bremsstrahlung. We have used Monte-Carlo simulations of that experiment in order to determine a more precise response matrix, which incorporates effects not previously included. Here we describe the simulation, the new response matrix, a re-analysis of the HEAO-1 data, and implications for the RXTE.

  2. A balloon-borne instrument for high-resolution astrophysical spectroscopy in the 20-8000 keV energy range

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    Paciesas, W. S.; Baker, R.; Boclet, D.; Brown, S.; Cline, T.; Costlow, H.; Durouchoux, P.; Ehrmann, C.; Gehrels, N.; Hameury, J. M.

    1983-01-01

    The Low Energy Gamma ray Spectrometer (LEGS) is designed to perform fine energy resolution measurements of astrophysical sources. The instrument is configured for a particular balloon flight with either of two sets of high purity germanium detectors. In one configuration, the instrument uses an array of three coaxial detectors (effective volume equal to or approximately 230 cubic cm) inside an NaI (T1) shield and collimator (field of view equal to or approximately 16 deg FWHM) and operates in the 80 to 8000 keV energy range. In the other configuration, three planar detectors (effective area equal to or approximately square cm) surrounded by a combination of passive Fe and active NaI for shielding and collimation (field of view equal to or approximately 5 deg x 10 deg FWHM) are optimized for the 20 to 200 keV energy range. In a typical one day balloon flight, LEGS sensitivity limit (3 sigma) for narrow line features is less than or approximately .0008 ph/cm/s square (coaxial array: 80 to 2000 keV) and less than or approximately .0003 ph/square cm/s (planar array: 50 to 150 keV).

  3. Mass attenuation coefficients of Martian meteorites and Earth composition in the energy range 1 keV-100 GeV

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    Ün, M.; Han, E. Narmanli; Ün, A.

    2016-04-01

    Mass attenuation coefficients for 24 Martian meteorites have been determined in the energy range from 1 keV to 100 GeV. The values of mass attenuation coefficients (µ/ρ) of the samples were calculated the WINXCOM program. The obtained results for Martian meteorites have been compared with the results for Earth composition and similarities or differences also evaluated.

  4. Development of a High Energy, kHz, Mid-Infrared OPCPA Laser for keV High Harmonic Generation

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    Gerrity, M. R.

    Coherent keV photon energy x-rays have many applications for materials science at the shortest length and time scales. Unfortunately, there are relatively few options for coherent x-ray generation. One of the most promising methods is high harmonic generation, wherein a femtosecond driving laser pulse is coherently upconverted to the x-ray region of the spectrum. Recent work has shown that the maximum x-ray photon energy that can be generated via high harmonic generation scales favorably with the wavelength of the driving laser pulse. This has sparked an interest in using mid-infrared (3-5mum) lasers to drive high harmonic generation. However, high harmonic generation necessitates a mJ level, kHz repetition rate, femtosecond driving laser. At present, there are no such lasers in the mid-infrared region of the spectrum. This necessitates the development of new laser architectures for tabletop coherent x-ray generation. OPCPA technology is one of the most promising avenues for high energy, high repletion rate lasers in the mid-infrared. This thesis reports on the design and development of a mJ level, kHz repetition rate, femtosecond OPCPA laser running at 3mum, optimized for tabletop coherent x-ray generation. The system described here integrates and extends a variety of laser technologies towards this goal. The full laser is based upon an Yb:fiber oscillator and MgO:PPLN OPO front end. To pump our OPCPA system, we developed a four stage, cryogenic Yb:YAG laser running with >35mJ of output energy at 1kHz. We then use this to a pump a three stage OPCPA system, likewise running at 1kHz. We demonstrate over 3.4mJ of output energy at 1.55mum, along with 1.4mJ at 3mum. We then show compression of the 3mum output to <110fs. Finally, we conclude with the future directions for this laser, and discuss how it may be scaled to higher energies, shorter pulse lengths, and even further into the mid-infrared.

  5. Measurement of high-energy (10–60 keV) x-ray spectral line widths with eV accuracy

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    Seely, J. F. Feldman, U.; Glover, J. L.; Hudson, L. T.; Ralchenko, Y.; Henins, Albert; Pereira, N.; Di Stefano, C. A.; Kuranz, C. C.; Drake, R. P.; Chen, Hui; Williams, G. J.; Park, J.

    2014-11-15

    A high resolution crystal spectrometer utilizing a crystal in transmission geometry has been developed and experimentally optimized to measure the widths of emission lines in the 10–60 keV energy range with eV accuracy. The spectrometer achieves high spectral resolution by utilizing crystal planes with small lattice spacings (down to 2d = 0.099 nm), a large crystal bending radius and Rowland circle diameter (965 mm), and an image plate detector with high spatial resolution (60 μm in the case of the Fuji TR image plate). High resolution W L-shell and K-shell laboratory test spectra in the 10–60 keV range and Ho K-shell spectra near 47 keV recorded at the LLNL Titan laser facility are presented. The Ho K-shell spectra are the highest resolution hard x-ray spectra recorded from a solid target irradiated by a high-intensity laser.

  6. Measurement of high-energy (10-60 keV) x-ray spectral line widths with eV accuracya)

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    Seely, J. F.; Glover, J. L.; Hudson, L. T.; Ralchenko, Y.; Henins, Albert; Pereira, N.; Feldman, U.; Di Stefano, C. A.; Kuranz, C. C.; Drake, R. P.; Chen, Hui; Williams, G. J.; Park, J.

    2014-11-01

    A high resolution crystal spectrometer utilizing a crystal in transmission geometry has been developed and experimentally optimized to measure the widths of emission lines in the 10-60 keV energy range with eV accuracy. The spectrometer achieves high spectral resolution by utilizing crystal planes with small lattice spacings (down to 2d = 0.099 nm), a large crystal bending radius and Rowland circle diameter (965 mm), and an image plate detector with high spatial resolution (60 μm in the case of the Fuji TR image plate). High resolution W L-shell and K-shell laboratory test spectra in the 10-60 keV range and Ho K-shell spectra near 47 keV recorded at the LLNL Titan laser facility are presented. The Ho K-shell spectra are the highest resolution hard x-ray spectra recorded from a solid target irradiated by a high-intensity laser.

  7. Variation in the calibrated response of LiF, Al2O3, and silicon dosimeters when used for in-phantom measurements of source photons with energies between 30 KeV AND 300 KeV.

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    Poudel, Sashi; Currier, Blake; Medich, David C

    2015-04-01

    The MCNP5 radiation transport code was used to quantify changes in the absorbed dose conversion factor for LiF, Al2O3, and silicon-based electronic dosimeters calibrated in-air using standard techniques and summarily used to measure absorbed dose to water when placed in a water phantom. A mono-energetic photon source was modeled at energies between 30 keV and 300 keV for a point-source placed at the center of a water phantom, a point-source placed at the surface of the phantom, and for a 10-cm radial field geometry. Dosimetric calculations were obtained for water, LiF, Al2O3, and silicon at depths of 0.2 cm and 10 cm from the source. These results were achieved using the MCNP5 *FMESH photon energy-fluence tally, which was coupled with the appropriate DE/DF card for each dosimetric material studied to convert energy-fluence into the absorbed dose. The dosimeter's absorbed dose conversion factor was calculated as a ratio of the absorbed dose to water to that of the dosimeter measured at a specified phantom depth. The dosimeter's calibration value also was obtained. Based on these results, the absorbed dose conversion factor for a LiF dosimeter was found to deviate from its calibration value by up to 9%, an Al2O3 dosimeter by 43%, and a silicon dosimeter by 61%. These data therefore can be used to obtain LiF, Al2O3, and silicon dosimeter correction factors for mono-energetic and poly-energetic sources at measurement depths up to 10 cm under the irradiation geometries investigated herein. PMID:25706137

  8. Comparison of Martian meteorites with earth composition: Study of effective atomic numbers in the energy range 1 keV-100 GeV

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    Ün, Adem; Han, Ibrahim; Ün, Mümine

    2016-04-01

    Effective atomic (Zeff) and electron numbers (Neff) for 24 Martian meteorites have been determined in the energy range from 1 keV to 100 GeV and also for sixteen significant energies of commonly used radioactive sources. The values of Zeff and Neff for all sample were obtained from the DirectZeff program. The obtained results for Martian meteorites have been compared with the results for Earth composition and similarities or differences also evaluated.

  9. Multilayer Fresnel zone plates for high energy radiation resolve 21 nm features at 1.2 keV.

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    Keskinbora, Kahraman; Robisch, Anna-Lena; Mayer, Marcel; Sanli, Umut T; Grévent, Corinne; Wolter, Christian; Weigand, Markus; Szeghalmi, Adriana; Knez, Mato; Salditt, Tim; Schütz, Gisela

    2014-07-28

    X-ray microscopy is a successful technique with applications in several key fields. Fresnel zone plates (FZPs) have been the optical elements driving its success, especially in the soft X-ray range. However, focusing of hard X-rays via FZPs remains a challenge. It is demonstrated here, that two multilayer type FZPs, delivered from the same multilayer deposit, focus both hard and soft X-rays with high fidelity. The results prove that these lenses can achieve at least 21 nm half-pitch resolution at 1.2 keV demonstrated by direct imaging, and sub-30 nm FWHM (full-pitch) resolution at 7.9 keV, deduced from autocorrelation analysis. Reported FZPs had more than 10% diffraction efficiency near 1.5 keV. PMID:25089463

  10. Interferometric phase-contrast X-ray CT imaging of VX2 rabbit cancer at 35keV X-ray energy

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    Takeda, Tohoru; Wu Jin; Tsuchiya, Yoshinori; Lwin, Thet-Thet; Itai, Yuji; Yoneyama, Akio; Hyodo, Kazuyuki

    2004-05-12

    Imaging of large objects at 17.7-keV low x-ray energy causes huge x-ray exposure to the objects even using interferometric phase-contrast x-ray CT (PCCT). Thus, we tried to obtain PCCT images at high x-ray energy of 35keV and examined the image quality using a formalin-fixed VX2 rabbit cancer specimen with 15-mm in diameter. The PCCT system consisted of an asymmetrically cut silicon (220) crystal, a monolithic x-ray interferometer, a phase-shifter, an object cell and an x-ray CCD camera. The PCCT at 35 keV clearly visualized various inner structures of VX2 rabbit cancer such as necrosis, cancer, the surrounding tumor vessels, and normal liver tissue. Besides, image-contrast was not degraded significantly. These results suggest that the PCCT at 35 KeV is sufficient to clearly depict the histopathological morphology of VX2 rabbit cancer specimen.

  11. Medium-energy ion irradiation of Si and Ge wafers: studies of surface nanopatterning and signature of recrystallization in 100 keV Kr+ bombarded a-Si

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    Kumar, Pravin

    2016-03-01

    We report new and exciting experimental results on ion-induced nanopatterning of a-Si and a-Ge surfaces. The crystalline Si (100) and Ge (100) wafers were amorphized and an a/c interface was developed by pre-irradiation with a 50 keV Ar+ beam at normal incidence with an ion fluence of 5.0 × 1015 ions cm-2. These amorphized surfaces were post-irradiated with Ar+ and Kr+ beams at an angle of 60°. The post irradiation was done with ion fluences of 1.0 × 1017 ions cm-2. For each beam, two energies (50 and 200 keV for Ar+, 100 and 250 keV for Kr+) were chosen to ensure ion stopping in both sides of the a/c interface. Regular nanopatterning (in the form of ripples) is observed on the Ge surface only with the post irradiation of the Kr+ beam. The Si surface showed regular nanopatterning with the irradiation of both beams with two energies. For the ion beams crossing the a/c interface, ripples of higher amplitude and longer wavelength were formed. Further, the irradiation with a heavy beam yielded surface ripples of relatively larger amplitudes. The Raman measurements confirm amorphization of the pre-irradiated surfaces. Surprisingly, the post-irradiated Si surface with the 100 keV Kr+ beam showed evidence of recrystallization. In the paper we discuss the physics at the interface and explain the experimental findings.

  12. The pulse profile of the Crab pulsar in the energy range 45 keV-1.2 MeV

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    Wilson, R. B.; Fishman, G. J.

    1983-01-01

    The Crab Nebula pulsar (PSR 0531+21) is the best studied and most intense of the nontransient X-ray pulsars. However, since its spectrum drops rapidly with energy, a well-resolved pulse profile has not previously been obtained above 200 keV. In the hard X-ray and low-energy gamma-ray region, an accurate pulse profile can be obtained with a balloon-borne detector of sufficient area during a single transit of the source. A new measurement of the pulse profile of PSR 0531+21 in the energy range above 45 keV obtained with a large-area scintillation detector array is reported. The detector array was flown on a balloon launched from Palestine, Texas on 1980 October 6, reaching a float altitude 4.5 g/sq cm at 0230 UTC October 7. The primary objective of the experiment was to detect and study weak gamma-ray bursts.

  13. Effective atomic numbers and electron densities of bacteriorhodopsin and its comprising amino acids in the energy range 1 keV-100 GeV

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    Ahmadi, Morteza; Lunscher, Nolan; Yeow, John T. W.

    2013-04-01

    Recently, there has been an interest in fabrication of X-ray sensors based on bacteriorhodopsin, a proton pump protein in cell membrane of Halobacterium salinarium. Therefore, a better understanding of interaction of X-ray photons with bacteriorhodopsin is required. We use WinXCom program to calculate the mass attenuation coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin and its comprising amino acids for photon energies from 1 keV to 100 GeV. These amino acids include alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine, Asx1, Asx2, Glx1 and Glx2. We then use that data to calculate effective atomic number and electron densities for the same range of energy. We also emphasize on two ranges of energies (10-200 keV and 1-20 MeV) in which X-ray imaging and radiotherapy machines work.

  14. Energy and fluence calibration of the neutron spectrometer ROSPEC at the IRSN AMANDE facility between 70 keV and 4.5 MeV.

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    Benmosbah, M; Asselineau, B

    2009-07-01

    The ROSPEC device is a multi-detector system, which has been designed by Bubble Technologies Industries (BTI at Chalk River, ON, Canada) to assess neutron spectra, and hence neutron dose quantities, at workplace fields. It is made up of six gaseous proportional counters that detect neutrons via the elastic (n,p) scattering (four hydrogenous counters) and with the (3)He(n,p)T reaction (two (3)He-filled counters). Results of the calibration of a similar rotating spectrometer (ROSPEC) have been described by Rosenstock et al.((1)). For energy and fluence calibration purposes, measurements were performed with the accelerator for metrology and neutron applications in external dosimetry (AMANDE) facility at the Laboratory of Neutron Metrology and Dosimetry (Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, IRSN, France). This facility provides monoenergetic neutron radiation fields from 2 keV to 20 MeV. Two kinds of experiments were carried out. First, the ROSPEC was used in its rotational mode for the ISO energies. Then, each detector was irradiated with all the available neutron energies, in a well defined position with the rotation of the device stopped. The energy values of the neutron beam were calculated using the TARGET code. A BC501-A liquid scintillation spectrometer provided the fluence values for energies beyond 1.2 MeV, a methane-filled SP2 counter from 800 keV to 1.4 MeV and an H(2)-filled SP2 counter from 144 to 800 keV. Reference data for 70 keV monoenergetic neutrons were obtained using the IRSN Long Counter. Results showed that the ROSPEC device was in agreement with the absolute neutron fluences within 10%. Moreover, the new energy calibration factors are in good agreement with those derived by BTI. PMID:19509004

  15. Radiation damage in coronene, rubrene and p-terphenyl, measured for incident electrons of kinetic energy between 100 and 200 kev.

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    Li, P; Egerton, R F

    2004-11-01

    We have measured the sensitivity of three highly conjugated organic compounds to electron irradiation. Using a 200 keV TEM, loss of crystallinity was determined from quantitative electron-diffraction measurements. Degradation of the molecular ring structure was monitored from fading of the 6 eV pi-excitation peak in the energy-loss spectrum. Measurements at incident energies between 30 keV and 100 eV were made using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), by recording gradual decay of the cathodoluminescence (CL) signal. Expressed in Grays, the energy dose required for CL decay in coronene is a factor of 30 lower than for destruction of crystallinity and a factor of 300 lower than for destruction of the molecular structure. Below 1 keV, the CL-decay cross section shows no evidence of a threshold effect, indicating that the damage involved is caused by valence-electron (rather than K-shell) excitation. Therefore even relatively radiation-resistant organic materials may undergo some form of damage when examined in a low-energy electron microscope or a low-voltage SEM. PMID:15450662

  16. Effective atomic numbers of different types of materials for proton interaction in the energy region 1 keV-10 GeV

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    Kurudirek, Murat

    2014-10-01

    The effective atomic numbers (Zeff) of different types of materials such as tissues, tissue equivalents, organic compounds, glasses and dosimetric materials have been calculated for total proton interactions in the energy region 1 keV-10 GeV. Also, effective atomic numbers relative to water (Zeff RW) have been presented in the entire energy region for the materials that show better water equivalent properties. Some human tissues such as adipose tissue, bone compact, muscle skeletal and muscle striated have been investigated in terms of tissue equivalency by comparing Zeff values and the better tissue equivalents have been determined for these tissues. With respect to the variation of Zeff with kinetic energy, it has been observed that Zeff seems to be more or less the same in the energy region 400 keV-10 GeV for the given materials except for the photographic emulsion, calcium fluoride, silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide and Teflon. The values of Zeff have found to be constant for photographic emulsion after 1 GeV, for calcium fluoride between 1 MeV and 1 GeV and for silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide and Teflon between 400 keV and 1 GeV. This constancy clearly shows the availability of using Zeff in estimating radiation response of the materials at first glance.

  17. Dose distribution of a 125 keV mean energy microplanar x-ray beam for basic studies on microbeam radiotherapy

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    Ohno, Yumiko; Torikoshi, Masami; Suzuki, Masao; Umetani, Keiji; Imai, Yasuhiko; Uesugi, Kentaro; Yagi, Naoto

    2008-07-15

    A multislit collimator was designed and fabricated for basic studies on microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) with an x-ray energy of about 100 keV. It consists of 30 slits that are 25 {mu}m high, 30 mm wide, and 5 mm thick in the beam direction. The slits were made of 25 {mu}m-thick polyimide sheets that were separated by 175 {mu}m-thick tungsten sheets. The authors measured the dose distribution of a single microbeam with a mean energy of 125 keV by a scanning slit method using a phosphor coupled to a charge coupled device camera and found that the ratios of the dose at the center of a microbeam to that at midpositions to adjacent slits were 1050 and 760 for each side of the microbeam. This dose distribution was well reproduced by the Monte Carlo simulation code PHITS.

  18. On the effective atomic number and electron density: A comprehensive set of formulas for all types of materials and energies above 1 keV

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    Manohara, S. R.; Hanagodimath, S. M.; Thind, K. S.; Gerward, L.

    2008-09-01

    A comprehensive and consistent set of formulas is given for calculating the effective atomic number and electron density for all types of materials and for all photon energies greater than 1 keV. The formulas are derived from first principles using photon interaction cross sections of the constituent atoms. The theory is illustrated by calculations and experiments for molecules of medical and biological interest, glasses for radiation shielding, alloys, minerals and liquids.

  19. Electron density of Rhizophora spp. wood using Compton scattering technique at 15.77, 17.48 and 22.16 keV XRF energies

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    Shakhreet, B. Z.; Bauk, S.; Shukri, A.

    2015-02-01

    Compton (incoherently) scattered photons which are directly proportional to the electron density of the scatterer, have been employed in characterizing Rhizophora spp. as breast tissue equivalent. X-ray fluorescent scattered incoherently from Rhizophora spp. sample was measured using Si-PIN detector and three XRF energy values 15.77, 17.48 and 22.16 keV. This study is aimed at providing electron density information in support of the introduction of new tissue substitute materials for mammography phantoms.

  20. The association of fractional CO2 laser 10.600nm and photodynamic therapy in the treatment of onychomycosis*

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    de Oliveira, Guilherme Bueno; Antonio, João Roberto; Antonio, Carlos Roberto; Tomé, Fernanda Alves

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails caused in most cases by dermatophytes Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Despite numerous available antifungal drugs for therapy of this infection, the cure rate is low, with high rates of relapse after treatment and side effects. OBJECTIVES To present a new option for the treatment of onychomycosis, in search of a more effective and rapid method than conventional ones. METHODS Patients underwent two sessions of CO2 fractional laser 10.600nm associated with photodynamic therapy. Mycological and digital photography were performed before and after the treatment. RESULTS McNemar test with continuity correction and degrees of freedom = 1: for clinical cure rate, 13.06, with p=0.00005; for mycological cure, 17.05, with p=0.00005; 72% felt fully satisfied with the procedure. CONCLUSIONS The use of fractional CO2 laser 10.600nm associated with photodynamic therapy can be effective in the treatment of onychomycosis, decreasing the risk of systemic lesions that may be triggered with prolonged use of oral antifungals. PMID:26375214

  1. First INTEGRAL Observations of V404 Cygni during the 2015 Outburst: Spectral Behavior in the 20-650 keV Energy Range

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    Roques, Jean-Pierre; Jourdain, Elisabeth; Bazzano, Angela; Fiocchi, Mariateresa; Natalucci, Lorenzo; Ubertini, Pietro

    2015-11-01

    In 2015 June, the source V404 Cygni (= GS2023+38) underwent an extraordinary outburst. We present the results obtained during the first revolution dedicated to this target by the INTEGRAL mission and focus on the spectral behavior in the hard X-ray domain, using both SPI and IBIS instruments. The source exhibits extreme variability and reaches fluxes of several tens of Crab. However, the emission between 20 and 650 keV can be understood in terms of two main components, varying on all the observable timescales, similar to what is observed in the persistent black hole system Cyg X-1. The low-energy component (up to ˜200 keV) presents a rather unusual shape, probably due to the intrinsic source variability. Nonetheless, a satisfactory description is obtained with a Comptonization model, if an unusually hot population of seed photons (kT0 ˜ 7 keV) is introduced. Above this first component, a clear excess extending up to 400-600 keV leads us to investigate a scenario where an additional (cutoff) power law could correspond to the contribution of the jet synchrotron emission, as proposed in Cyg X-1. A search for an annihilation feature did not provide any firm detection, with an upper limit of 2 × 10-4 ph cm-2 s-1 (2σ) for a narrow line centered at 511 keV, on the averaged obtained spectrum. Based on observations with INTEGRAL, an ESA project with instruments and science data center funded by ESA member states (especially the PI countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland), Czech Republic, and Poland with the participation of Russia and USA.

  2. Neutron Resonance Parameters of 238U and the Calculated Cross Sections from the Reich-Moore Analysis of Experimental Data in the Neutron Energy Range from 0 keV to 20 keV

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    Derrien, H

    2005-12-05

    The neutron resonance parameters of {sup 238}U were obtained from a SAMMY analysis of high-resolution neutron transmission measurements and high-resolution capture cross section measurements performed at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) in the years 1970-1990, and from more recent transmission and capture cross section measurements performed at the Geel Linear Accelerator (GELINA). Compared with previous evaluations, the energy range for this resonance analysis was extended from 10 to 20 keV, taking advantage of the high resolution of the most recent ORELA transmission measurements. The experimental database and the method of analysis are described in this report. The neutron transmissions and the capture cross sections calculated with the resonance parameters are compared with the experimental data. A description is given of the statistical properties of the resonance parameters and of the recommended values of the average parameters. The new evaluation results in a slight decrease of the effective capture resonance integral and improves the prediction of integral thermal benchmarks by 70 pcm to 200 pcm.

  3. Measurement of the x-ray mass attenuation coefficient and determination of the imaginary component of the atomic form-factor of tin over the energy range of 29 keV-60 keV.

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    de Jonge, M. D.; Tran, C. Q.; Chantler, C. T.; Barnea, Z.; Dhal, B. P.; Paterson, D.; Kanter, E. P.; Southworth, S. H.; Young, L.; Beno, M. A.; Linton, J. A.; Jennings, G.; Univ. of Melbourne; Australian Synchrotron Project

    2007-01-01

    We use the x-ray extended-range technique (XERT) [C. T. Chantler et al., Phys. Rev. A 64, 062506 (2001)] to measure the mass attenuation coefficients of tin in the x-ray energy range of 29-60 keV to 0.04-3 % accuracy, and typically in the range 0.1-0.2 %. Measurements made over an extended range of the measurement parameter space are critically examined to identify, quantify, and correct a number of potential experimental systematic errors. These results represent the most extensive experimental data set for tin and include absolute mass attenuation coefficients in the regions of x-ray absorption fine structure, extended x-ray absorption fine structure, and x-ray absorption near-edge structure. The imaginary component of the atomic form factor f{sub 2} is derived from the photoelectric absorption after subtracting calculated Rayleigh and Compton scattering cross sections from the total attenuation. Comparison of the result with tabulations of calculated photoelectric absorption coefficients indicates that differences of 1-2 % persist between calculated and observed values.

  4. Development of a long-pulse (30-s), high-energy (120-keV) ion source for neutral-beam applications

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    Tsai, C.C.; Barber, G.C.; Blue, C.W.

    1983-01-01

    Multimegawatt neutral beams of hydrogen or deuterium atoms are needed for fusion machine applications such as MFTB-B, TFTR-U, DIII-U, and FED (INTOR or ETR). For these applications, a duoPIGatron ion source is being developed to produce high-brightness deuterium beams at a beam energy of approx. 120 keV for pulse lengths up to 30 s. A long-pulse plasma generator with active water cooling has been operated at an arc level of 1200 A with 30-s pulse durations. The plasma density and uniformity are sufficient for supplying a 60-A beam of hydrogen ions to a 13- by 43-cm accelerator. A 10- by 25-cm tetrode accelerator has been operated to form 120-keV hydrogen ion beams. Using the two-dimensional (2-D) ion extraction code developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a 13- by 43-cm tetrode accelerator has been designed and is being fabricated. The aperture shapes of accelerator grids are optimized for 120-keV beam energy.

  5. Absolute calibration of Kodak Biomax-MS film response to x rays in the 1.5- to 8-keV energy range

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    Marshall, F. J.; Knauer, J. P.; Anderson, D.; Schmitt, B. L.

    2006-10-01

    The absolute response of Kodak Biomax-MS film to x rays in the range from 1.5- to 8-keV has been measured using a laboratory electron-beam generated x-ray source. The measurements were taken at specific line energies by using Bragg diffraction to produce monochromatic beams of x rays. Multiple exposures were taken on Biomax MS film up to levels exceeding optical densities of 2 as measured by a microdensitometer. The absolute beam intensity for each exposure was measured with a Si (Li) detector. Additional response measurements were taken with Kodak direct exposure film (DEF) so as to compare the results of this technique to previously published calibrations. The Biomax-MS results have been fitted to a semiempirical mathematical model (Knauer et al., these proceedings). Users of the model can infer absolute fluences from observed exposure levels at either interpolated or extrapolated energies. To summarize the results: Biomax MS has comparable sensitivity to DEF film below 3keV but has reduced sensitivity above 3keV (˜50%). The lower exposure results from thinner emulsion layers, designed for use with phosphor screens. The ease with which Biomax-MS can be used in place of DEF (same format film, same developing process, and comparable sensitivity) makes it a good replacement.

  6. Moiré deflectometry using the Talbot-Lau interferometer as refraction diagnostic for High Energy Density plasmas at energies below 10 keV

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    Valdivia, M. P.; Stutman, D.; Finkenthal, M.

    2014-07-15

    The highly localized density gradients expected in High Energy Density (HED) plasma experiments can be characterized by x-ray phase-contrast imaging in addition to conventional attenuation radiography. Moiré deflectometry using the Talbot-Lau grating interferometer setup is an attractive HED diagnostic due to its high sensitivity to refraction induced phase shifts. We report on the adaptation of such a system for operation in the sub-10 keV range by using a combination of free standing and ultrathin Talbot gratings. This new x-ray energy explored matches well the current x-ray backlighters used for HED experiments, while also enhancing phase effects at lower electron densities. We studied the performance of the high magnification, low energy Talbot-Lau interferometer, for single image phase retrieval using Moiré fringe deflectometry. Our laboratory and simulation studies indicate that such a device is able to retrieve object electron densities from phase shift measurements. Using laboratory x-ray sources from 7 to 15 μm size we obtained accurate simultaneous measurements of refraction and attenuation for both sharp and mild electron density gradients.

  7. Moiré deflectometry using the Talbot-Lau interferometer as refraction diagnostic for high energy density plasmas at energies below 10 keV.

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    Valdivia, M P; Stutman, D; Finkenthal, M

    2014-07-01

    The highly localized density gradients expected in High Energy Density (HED) plasma experiments can be characterized by x-ray phase-contrast imaging in addition to conventional attenuation radiography. Moiré deflectometry using the Talbot-Lau grating interferometer setup is an attractive HED diagnostic due to its high sensitivity to refraction induced phase shifts. We report on the adaptation of such a system for operation in the sub-10 keV range by using a combination of free standing and ultrathin Talbot gratings. This new x-ray energy explored matches well the current x-ray backlighters used for HED experiments, while also enhancing phase effects at lower electron densities. We studied the performance of the high magnification, low energy Talbot-Lau interferometer, for single image phase retrieval using Moiré fringe deflectometry. Our laboratory and simulation studies indicate that such a device is able to retrieve object electron densities from phase shift measurements. Using laboratory x-ray sources from 7 to 15 μm size we obtained accurate simultaneous measurements of refraction and attenuation for both sharp and mild electron density gradients. PMID:25085141

  8. A low background-rate detector for ions in the 5 to 50 keV energy range to be used for radioisotope dating with a small cyclotron

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    Friedman, P.G.

    1986-11-25

    Accelerator mass spectrometry in tandem Van de Graaff accelerators has proven successful for radioisotope dating small samples. We are developing a 20 cm diameter 30 to 40 keV cyclotron dedicated to high-sensitivity radioisotope dating, initially for /sup 14/C. At this energy, range and dE/dx methods of particle identification are impossible. Thus arises the difficult problem of reliably detecting 30 to 40 keV /sup 14/C at 10/sup -2/ counts/sec in the high background environment of the cyclotron, where lower energy ions, electrons, and photons bombard the detector at much higher rates. We have developed and tested an inexpensive, generally useful ion detector that allows dark-count rates below 10/sup -4/ counts/sec and excellent background suppression. With the cyclotron tuned near the /sup 13/CH background peak, to the frequency for /sup 14/C, the detector suppresses the background to 6 x 10/sup -4/ counts/sec. For each /sup 14/C ion the detectors grazing-incidence Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ conversion dynode emits about 20 secondary electrons, which are independently multiplied in separate pores of a microchannel plate. The output signal is proportional to the number of secondary electrons, allowing pulse-height discrimination of background. We have successfully tested the detector with positive /sup 12/C, /sup 23/Na, /sup 39/K, /sup 41/K, /sup 85/Rb, /sup 87/Rb, and /sup 133/Cs at 5 to 40 keV, and with 36 keV negative /sup 12/C and /sup 13/CH. It should detect ions and neutrals of all species, at energies above 5 keV, with good efficiency and excellent background discrimination. Counting efficiency and background discrimination improve with higher ion energy. The detector can be operated at least up to 2 x 10/sup -7/ Torr and be repeatedly exposed to air. The maximum rate is 10/sup 6.4/ ions/sec in pulse counting mode and 10/sup 9.7/ ions/sec in current integrating mode.

  9. Study of effective atomic number and electron density for tissues from human organs in the energy range of 1 keV-100 GeV.

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    Manjunatha, H C; Rudraswamy, B

    2013-02-01

    Effective atomic numbers' (Z(eff)) effective electron density (N(el)) for human organs and tissues have been computed in the energy region of 1 keV to 100 GeV using WinXCOM. The computed data of Z(eff) and N(el) are tabulated. The computed values are compared with previous results. The computed data of Z(eff)and N(el)for almost all tissues (34 tissues of different human organs) in the given energy range are not available in literature and find application in radiotherapy and dosimetry. PMID:23274818

  10. Reduction in the intensity of solar X-ray emission in the 2- to 15-keV photon energy range and heating of the solar corona

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    Mirzoeva, I. K.

    2013-04-15

    The time profiles of the energy spectra of low-intensity flares and the structure of the thermal background of the soft X-ray component of solar corona emission over the period of January-February, 2003, are investigated using the data of the RHESSI project. A reduction in the intensity of X-ray emission of the solar flares and the corona thermal background in the 2- to 15-keV photon energy range is revealed. The RHESSI data are compared with the data from the Interball-Geotail project. A new mechanism of solar corona heating is proposed on the basis of the results obtained.

  11. Bremsstrahlung in Mo and Pt targets produced by 90Sr beta particles in the photon energy region of 1-100 keV

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    Singh, Amrit; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2015-08-01

    Bremsstrahlung spectra in thick targets of Mo and Pt, produced by beta emitter 90Sr (end point energy = 546 keV) have been studied in the photon energy range of 1-100 keV. The experimentally measured bremsstrahlung spectra measured with Si(Li) detector were compared with the theoretical spectral distributions calculated from Elwert corrected (non relativistic) Bethe-Heitler [EBH] theory, modified Elwert factor (relativistic) Bethe-Heitler (FmodBH) theory for ordinary bremsstrahlung (OB) and the modified Elwert factor (relativistic) Bethe-Heitler (FmodBH+PB) theory, which includes the polarization bremsstrahlung (PB) into total bremsstrahlung (BS). The present results indicate the correctness of FmodBH+PB theory in the low energy region, where the contributions of PB into BS are dominant, which is described in terms of stripped atom (SA) approximation. But at the middle and higher energy region of the bremsstrahlung spectrum, where the contribution of PB is negligible, the FmodBH theory is more close to the experimental results. Hence, it is clear that the production of PB in the low energy region, due to the dynamic response of the target atom suppresses the production of bremsstrahlung at higher energy ends.

  12. High-energy-resolution monochromator for nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation by Te-125 at 35.49 keV

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    Imai, Yasuhiko; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Kitao, Shinji; Masuda, Ryo; Higashitaniguchi, Satoshi; Inaba, Chika; Seto, Makoto

    2007-09-01

    We have developed a high-resolution monochromator (HRM) for the measurement of nuclear resonant scattering (NRS) of synchrotron radiation by Te-125 at 35.49 keV using the backscattering of sapphire (9 1 -10 68). HRMs for nuclei with excitation energies less than 30 keV have been successfully developed using high angle diffractions by silicon crystals. Nearly perfect silicon crystal, however, is not suitable for high efficient HRMs at higher energy regions because the symmetry of the crystal structure is high and the Debye-temperature is low. Therefore, we used high quality synthetic sapphire crystal, which has low symmetry of crystal structure and high Debye-temperature. The temperature of the crystal was precisely controlled around 218 K to diffract synchrotron radiation with a Bragg angle of π/2 - 0.52 mrad. Energy was tuned by changing the crystal temperature under the condition of constant diffraction angle. Energy resolution was measured by detecting nuclear forward scattering by Te-125 in enriched TeO II. The relative energy resolution of 2.1×10 -7 is achieved, that is 7.5 meV in energy bandwidth. This HRM opens studies on element-specific dynamics and electronic state of substances containing Te-125.

  13. Energy-dependent dynamics of keV to MeV electrons in the inner zone, outer zone, and slot regions

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    Reeves, Geoffrey D.; Friedel, Reiner H. W.; Larsen, Brian A.; Skoug, Ruth M.; Funsten, Herbert O.; Claudepierre, Seth G.; Fennell, Joseph F.; Turner, Drew L.; Denton, Mick H.; Spence, Harlan E.; Blake, J. Bernard; Baker, Daniel N.

    2016-01-01

    We present observations of the radiation belts from the Helium Oxygen Proton Electron and Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer particle detectors on the Van Allen Probes satellites that illustrate the energy dependence and L shell dependence of radiation belt enhancements and decays. We survey events in 2013 and analyze an event on 1 March in more detail. The observations show the following: (a) at all L shells, lower energy electrons are enhanced more often than higher energies; (b) events that fill the slot region are more common at lower energies; (c) enhancements of electrons in the inner zone are more common at lower energies; and (d) even when events do not fully fill the slot region, enhancements at lower energies tend to extend to lower L shells than higher energies. During enhancement events the outer zone extends to lower L shells at lower energies while being confined to higher L shells at higher energies. The inner zone shows the opposite with an outer boundary at higher L shells for lower energies. Both boundaries are nearly straight in log(energy) versus L shell space. At energies below a few 100 keV, radiation belt electron penetration through the slot region into the inner zone is commonplace, but the number and frequency of "slot filling" events decreases with increasing energy. The inner zone is enhanced only at energies that penetrate through the slot. Energy- and L shell-dependent losses (that are consistent with whistler hiss interactions) return the belts to more quiescent conditions.

  14. Comparison of GATE/GEANT4 with EGSnrc and MCNP for electron dose calculations at energies between 15 keV and 20 MeV.

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    Maigne, L; Perrot, Y; Schaart, D R; Donnarieix, D; Breton, V

    2011-02-01

    The GATE Monte Carlo simulation platform based on the GEANT4 toolkit has come into widespread use for simulating positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging devices. Here, we explore its use for calculating electron dose distributions in water. Mono-energetic electron dose point kernels and pencil beam kernels in water are calculated for different energies between 15 keV and 20 MeV by means of GATE 6.0, which makes use of the GEANT4 version 9.2 Standard Electromagnetic Physics Package. The results are compared to the well-validated codes EGSnrc and MCNP4C. It is shown that recent improvements made to the GEANT4/GATE software result in significantly better agreement with the other codes. We furthermore illustrate several issues of general interest to GATE and GEANT4 users who wish to perform accurate simulations involving electrons. Provided that the electron step size is sufficiently restricted, GATE 6.0 and EGSnrc dose point kernels are shown to agree to within less than 3% of the maximum dose between 50 keV and 4 MeV, while pencil beam kernels are found to agree to within less than 4% of the maximum dose between 15 keV and 20 MeV. PMID:21239846

  15. 6 x 6-cm fully depleted pn-junction CCD for high-resolution spectroscopy in the 0.1- to 15-keV photon energy range

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    von Zanthier, Christoph; Holl, Peter; Kemmer, Josef; Lechner, Peter; Maier, B.; Soltau, Heike; Stoetter, R.; Braeuninger, Heinrich W.; Dennerl, Konrad; Haberl, Frank; Hartmann, R.; Hartner, Gisela D.; Hippmann, H.; Kastelic, E.; Kink, W.; Krause, N.; Meidinger, Norbert; Metzner, G.; Pfeffermann, Elmar; Popp, M.; Reppin, Claus; Stoetter, Diana; Strueder, Lothar; Truemper, Joachim; Weber, U.; Carathanassis, D.; Engelhard, S.; Gebhart, Th.; Hauff, D.; Lutz, G.; Richter, R. H.; Seitz, H.; Solc, P.; Bihler, Edgar; Boettcher, H.; Kendziorra, Eckhard; Kraemer, J.; Pflueger, Bernhard; Staubert, Ruediger

    1998-04-01

    The concept and performance of the fully depleted pn- junction CCD system, developed for the European XMM- and the German ABRIXAS-satellite missions for soft x-ray imaging and spectroscopy in the 0.1 keV to 15 keV photon range, is presented. The 58 mm X 60 mm large pn-CCD array uses pn- junctions for registers and for the backside instead of MOS registers. This concept naturally allows to fully deplete the detector volume to make it an efficient detector to photons with energies up to 15 keV. For high detection efficiency in the soft x-ray region down to 100 eV, an ultrathin pn-CCD backside deadlayer has been realized. Each pn-CCD-channel is equipped with an on-chip JFET amplifier which, in combination with the CAMEX-amplifier and multiplexing chip, facilitates parallel readout with a pixel read rate of 3 MHz and an electronic noise floor of ENC < e-. With the complete parallel readout, very fast pn-CCD readout modi can be implemented in the system which allow for high resolution photon spectroscopy of even the brightest x-ray sources in the sky.

  16. The response of a radiation resistant ceramic scintillator (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Cr) to low energy ions (0-60 keV)

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    Jimenez-Rey, D.; Zurro, B.; McCarthy, K. J.; Baciero, A.; Garcia, G.

    2008-10-15

    This work extends a previous study on ionoluminescence of a radiation-hard ceramic scintillator, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Cr, to ions accelerated to keV energies [K. J. McCarthy et al., J. Nucl. Mater. 321, 78 (2003)]. It is motivated by the identification of this material as a promising candidate for use in the fast-ion-loss detector for ITER [for the range of thermal (low energy) and suprathermal ions]. In the paper we quantify and compare its ionoluminescence with that of some common luminescent materials (YAG:Ce and ruby) when irradiated by H{sup +} ions accelerated to {<=}60 keV using a purpose built laboratory setup. Next, studies are made on the ceramic to quantify its response as a function of incident ion mass, i.e., to He{sup +}. For this, the absolute luminosities of the material are estimated in terms of the number of photons emitted per incident ion as a function of energy. Moreover, the radiation hardness and postirradiation recovery of the ceramic are investigated. Finally, from the studies it can be concluded that the ceramic ruby is a good candidate for detecting low energy ions as long as its temporal response (approximately several milliseconds) is not a constraint for specific ion measurements.

  17. Sputtering yields, range and range straggling in Al following Kr + ions bombardment in the energy range (20-160) keV

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    Mammeri, S.; Ouichaoui, S.; Zemih, R.; Ammi, H.; Abdesselam, M.; Chami, A. C.

    2005-10-01

    The sputtering of Al metallic films by 84Kr+ ions has been studied over the energy range (20-160) keV. Sputtering yield data have been extracted by means of the Rutherford backscattering technique (RBS) using a 2 MeV beam of 4He+ ions. They have been compared to values derived by Sigmund's linear cascade theory, Yamamura's semi-empirical formula or by Monte Carlo computer simulation using the TRIM code. A fair agreement was observed between the measured sputtering yields and the predicted ones. The depth profiles of the implanted Kr+ ions into Al have also been measured, and then fitted assuming Gaussian shape distributions, which allowed us to extract the projected range, Rp, and the associated range straggling, ΔRp. For the former stopping parameter, a very good agreement is obtained between experiment and the LSS theory predictions while the MC simulation also accounts satisfactorily for the measured data over the whole explored energy range, reflecting an adequate description of the projectile-target interaction by the universal potential of the Thomas-Fermi type assumed in the LSS formalism. In contrast, the ΔRp measured data show to be consistent with the predicted values only at E ⩾ 60 keV but lie to ∼30% above them at lower energies. This discrepancy not caused by the sputtering effect relates to an incomplete evaluation of the range straggling by theory at low bombarding energies.

  18. Surface modifications of hydrogen storage alloy by heavy ion beams with keV to MeV irradiation energies

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    Abe, Hiroshi; Tokuhira, Shinnosuke; Uchida, Hirohisa; Ohshima, Takeshi

    2015-12-01

    This study deals with the effect of surface modifications induced from keV to MeV heavy ion beams on the initial reaction rate of a hydrogen storage alloy (AB5) in electrochemical process. The rare earth based alloys like this sample alloy are widely used as a negative electrode of Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery. We aimed to improve the initial reaction rate of hydrogen absorption by effective induction of defects such as vacancies, dislocations, micro-cracks or by addition of atoms into the surface region of the metal alloys. Since defective layer near the surface can easily be oxidized, the conductive oxide layer is formed on the sample surface by O+ beams irradiation, and the conductive oxide layer might cause the improvement of initial reaction rate of hydriding. This paper demonstrates an effective surface treatment of heavy ion irradiation, which induces catalytic activities of rare earth oxides in the alloy surface.

  19. Inelastic energy loss in 100-keV H+ scattering from single atoms: Theory and experiment for K, Rb, and Cs

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    Hentz, A.; Parkinson, G. S.; Window, A. J.; Quinn, P. D.; Woodruff, D. P.; Grande, P. L.; Schiwietz, G.; Bailey, P.; Noakes, T. C. Q.

    2006-09-01

    The energy-loss spectrum associated with scattering of 100-keV H+ ions from K, Rb, and Cs atoms adsorbed on Al(111) has been investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Theoretical simulations were conducted based on calculations of the energy loss experienced in specific ion trajectories at the surface, using coupled-channel calculations to describe inner-shell ionization and excitation as a function of impact parameter. The energy losses can be attributed entirely to single atomic collisions from the alkali atoms, and the experiments reproduce the markedly increased asymmetry in scattering from Rb and Cs relative to K, attributable largely to the role of 3d and 4d excitations, respectively, and particularly the role of multiple excitations of these states. For Rb and Cs scattering, the data show excellent quantitative agreement between theory and experiment; for the K scattering, a discrepancy of a low-energy shoulder is attributed to a problem associated with the sample preparation.

  20. Evaluation of Neutron Capture Cross Sections and Covariances on 99Tc and 129I in the keV Energy Region

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    Iwamoto, Nobuyuki

    2016-03-01

    Neutron capture cross sections and covariances on radioactive 99Tc and 129I have been required for developing environmental load-reducing technology. Their evaluation was performed by using nuclear reaction calculation code CCONE and Baysian code KALMAN with data assumed on the basis of measured data. The obtained total and capture cross sections are in good agreement with the measured data. The resulting uncertainties of capture cross section were 12-18% and 20-29% for 99Tc and 129I, respectively, in the keV energy region.

  1. Facilities and techniques for x-ray diagnostic calibration in the 100-eV to 100-keV energy range

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    Gaines, J.L.; Wittmayer, F.J.

    1986-06-01

    The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been a pioneer in the field of x-ray diagnostic calibration for more than 20 years. We have built steady state x-ray sources capable of supplying fluorescent lines of high spectral purity in the 100-eV to 100-keV energy range, and these sources have been used in the calibration of x-ray detectors, mirrors, crystals, filters, and film. This paper discusses our calibration philosophy and techniques, and describes some of our x-ray sources. Examples of actual calibration data are presented as well.

  2. Measurement of X-ray mass attenuation coefficients in biological and geological samples in the energy range of 7-12keV.

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    Trunova, Valentina; Sidorina, Anna; Kriventsov, Vladimir

    2014-10-17

    Information about X-ray mass attenuation coefficients in different materials is necessary for accurate X-ray fluorescent analysis. The X-ray mass attenuation coefficients for energy of 7-12keV were measured in biological (Mussel and Oyster tissues, blood, hair, liver, and Cabbage leaves) and geological (Baikal sludge, soil, and Alaskite granite) samples. The measurements were carried out at the EXAFS Station of Siberian Synchrotron Radiation Center (VEPP-3). Obtained experimental mass attenuation coefficients were compared with theoretical values calculated for some samples. PMID:25464176

  3. Compton scattering cross-sections for individual subshells for a few elements of biological interest in the energy region 5 keV-10 MeV

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    Rao, D. V.; Seltzer, S. M.; Bergstrom, P. M.

    2004-07-01

    Total Compton scattering cross-sections for the individual subshells of a few elements (H, C, N, O, Na, Mg, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Fe) that are the predominant constituents of biological materials are evaluated for photon energies from 5 keV to 10 MeV. These cross sections were calculated within the nonrelativistic impulse approximation, utilizing tabulated values of the Compton profile. These data are expected to be of use in detailed simulations of photon transport in matter. Cross sections for the whole atom, obtained by summing over the subshell data, are shown to be in agreement with previous tabulations.

  4. Measurement of the mass energy-absorption coefficient of air for x-rays in the range from 3 to 60 keV.

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    Buhr, H; Büermann, L; Gerlach, M; Krumrey, M; Rabus, H

    2012-12-21

    For the first time the absolute photon mass energy-absorption coefficient of air in the energy range of 10 to 60 keV has been measured with relative standard uncertainties below 1%, considerably smaller than those of up to 2% assumed for calculated data. For monochromatized synchrotron radiation from the electron storage ring BESSY II both the radiant power and the fraction of power deposited in dry air were measured using a cryogenic electrical substitution radiometer and a free air ionization chamber, respectively. The measured absorption coefficients were compared with state-of-the art calculations and showed an average deviation of 2% from calculations by Seltzer. However, they agree within 1% with data calculated earlier by Hubbell. In the course of this work, an improvement of the data analysis of a previous experimental determination of the mass energy-absorption coefficient of air in the range of 3 to 10 keV was found to be possible and corrected values of this preceding study are given. PMID:23192280

  5. A Review of X-ray Diagnostic Calibrations in the 2 to 100 keV Region Using the High Energy X-ray Calibration Facility (HEX)

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    Ali, Zaheer; Pond, T; Buckles, R A; Maddox, B R; Chen, C D; DeWald, E L; Izumi, N; Stewart, R

    2010-05-19

    The precise and accurate measurement of X-rays in the 2 keV to 100 keV region is crucial to the understanding of HED plasmas and warm dense matter in general. With the emergence of inertially confined plasma facilities as the premier platforms for ICF, laboratory astrophysics, and national security related plasma experiments, the need to calibrate diagnostics in the high energy X-ray regime has grown. At National Security Technologies High Energy X-ray Calibration Facility (HEX) in Livermore, California, X-ray imagers, filter-fluorescer spectrometers, crystal spectrometers, image plates, and nuclear diagnostics are calibrated. The HEX can provide measurements of atomic line radiation, X-ray flux (accuracy within 10%), and X-ray energy (accuracy within 1%). The HEX source is comprised of a commercial 160 kV X-ray tube, a fluorescer wheel, a filter wheel, and a lead encasement. The X-ray tube produces a Tungsten bremsstrahlung spectrum which causes a foil to fluoresce line radiation. To minimize bremsstrahlung in the radiation for calibration we also provide various foils as filters. For experimental purposes, a vacuum box capable of 10{sup -7} Torr, as well as HPGe and CdTe radiation detectors, are provided on an optical table. Most geometries and arrangements can be changed to meet experimental needs.

  6. Measurement of the x-ray mass attenuation coefficients of gold in the 38-50-keV energy range

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    Islam, M T; Rae, N A; Glover, J L; Barnea, Z; de Jonge, M D; Tran, C Q; Wang, J; Chantler, C T

    2010-11-12

    We used synchrotron x rays to measure the x-ray mass attenuation coefficients of gold at nine energies from 38 to 50 keV with accuracies of 0.1%. Our results are much more accurate than previous measurements in this energy range. A comparison of our measurements with calculated mass attenuation coefficients shows that our measurements fall almost exactly midway between the XCOM and FFAST calculated theoretical values, which differ from one another in this energy region by about 4%, even though the range includes no absorption edge. The consistency and accuracy of these measurements open the way to investigations of the x-ray attenuation in the region of the L absorption edge of gold.

  7. Electron and ion emission from surfaces bombarded with large molecular ions (10-100 kDa) at keV energies.

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    Ens, W.

    1994-12-31

    Collisions of polyatomic ions with surfaces play an important role in mass spectrometry; they may be involved in ion detection, ion production or ion dissociation. In particular, with the dramatically increased mass range available in mass spectrometry (now several hundred kDa), detection of large (low velocity) molecular ions has become an important problem. The authors have studied secondary ion and electron emission from a variety of surfaces in a tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometer using large molecular ions with energies in the range 1.0 - 30 keV and masses from 276 Da to 113 kDa, produced by matrix-assisted laser desorption. Both ion and electron emission occur for specific energies (velocities) as low as 0.1 eV/Da, well below the predicted threshold for kinetic emission of electrons. Below about 1 eV/Da ion emission is more likely than electron emission. The efficiency of electron or ion production for incident high mass ions at 30 keV is surprisingly high (tens of per cent); presumably the low velocity is compensated by the large number of atoms in the projectile.

  8. Inelastic processes in Na+-Ne, Na+-Ar, Ne+-Na, and Ar+-Na collisions in the energy range 0.5-14 keV

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    Lomsadze, R. A.; Gochitashvili, M. R.; Kezerashvili, R. Ya.

    2015-12-01

    Absolute cross sections for charge-exchange, ionization, and excitation in Na+-Ne and Na+-Ar collisions were measured in the ion energy range 0.5 -10 keV using a refined version of a capacitor method and collision and optical spectroscopy methods simultaneously in the same experimental setup. Ionization cross sections for Ne+-Na and Ar+-Na collisions are measured at energies of 2 -14 keV using a crossed-beam spectroscopy method. The experimental data and the schematic correlation diagrams are used to analyze and determine the mechanisms for these processes. For the charge-exchange process in Na+-Ar collisions two nonadiabatic regions are revealed and mechanisms responsible for these regions are explained. Structural peculiarity on the excitation function for the resonance lines of argon atoms in Na+-Ar collisions are observed and the possible mechanisms of this phenomenon are explored. The measured ionization cross sections for Na+-Ne and Ne+-Na collisions in conjunction with the Landau-Zener formula are used to determine the coupling matrix element and transition probability in a region of pseudocrossing of the potential curves.

  9. Refractive lenses fabricated by deep SR lithography and LIGA technology for X-ray energies from 1 keV to 1 MeV

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    Nazmov, V.; Reznikova, E.; Boerner, M.; Mohr, J.; Saile, V.; Simon, R.

    2004-05-12

    SU-8 polymer and Nickel were used to manufacture planar high aspect ratio X-ray refractive lenses by the LIGA process (Deep X-ray lithography, electroforming). The exposure of PMMA and highly sensitive SU-8 resist layers were carried out at the ANKA storage ring, Karlsruhe. Lenses of either round, segment or quasi-parabolic (kinoform) profiles have been designed, fabricated and tested at the ESRF and at the ANKA synchrotron sources with X-ray energies ranging from 12 to 55 keV. The SU-8 polymer lenses tested at ESRF showed an uniform focal line spot with FWHM of appr. 0.32 {mu}m and gains in the range of 320. The characteristics did not alter after an absorbed dose of 2 MJ/cm3. Lenses fabricated from electroplated Ni, 320 {mu}m thick, were tested at a photon energy of 212 keV. In this case the uniform focal line spot was about 5 {mu}m.

  10. Dose calculation for photon-emitting brachytherapy sources with average energy higher than 50 keV: Report of the AAPM and ESTRO

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    Perez-Calatayud, Jose; Ballester, Facundo; Das, Rupak K.; DeWerd, Larry A.; Ibbott, Geoffrey S.; Meigooni, Ali S.; Ouhib, Zoubir; Rivard, Mark J.; Sloboda, Ron S.; Williamson, Jeffrey F.

    2012-05-15

    Purpose: Recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) on dose calculations for high-energy (average energy higher than 50 keV) photon-emitting brachytherapy sources are presented, including the physical characteristics of specific {sup 192}Ir, {sup 137}Cs, and {sup 60}Co source models. Methods: This report has been prepared by the High Energy Brachytherapy Source Dosimetry (HEBD) Working Group. This report includes considerations in the application of the TG-43U1 formalism to high-energy photon-emitting sources with particular attention to phantom size effects, interpolation accuracy dependence on dose calculation grid size, and dosimetry parameter dependence on source active length. Results: Consensus datasets for commercially available high-energy photon sources are provided, along with recommended methods for evaluating these datasets. Recommendations on dosimetry characterization methods, mainly using experimental procedures and Monte Carlo, are established and discussed. Also included are methodological recommendations on detector choice, detector energy response characterization and phantom materials, and measurement specification methodology. Uncertainty analyses are discussed and recommendations for high-energy sources without consensus datasets are given. Conclusions: Recommended consensus datasets for high-energy sources have been derived for sources that were commercially available as of January 2010. Data are presented according to the AAPM TG-43U1 formalism, with modified interpolation and extrapolation techniques of the AAPM TG-43U1S1 report for the 2D anisotropy function and radial dose function.

  11. Remote Sensing of Icy Galilean Moon Surface and Atmospheric Composition Using Low Energy (1 eV-4 keV) Neutral Atom Imaging

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    Collier, M. R.; Sittler, E.; Chornay, D.; Cooper, J. F.; Coplan, M.; Johnson, R. E.

    2004-01-01

    We describe a low energy neutral atom imager suitable for composition measurements Europa and other icy Galilean moons in the Jovian magnetosphere. This instrument employs conversion surface technology and is sensitive to either neutrals converted to negative ions, neutrals converted to positive ions and the positive ions themselves depending on the power supply. On a mission such as the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), two back-to-back sensors would be flown with separate power supplies fitted to the neutral atom and iodneutral atom sides. This will allow both remote imaging of 1 eV < E < 4 keV neutrals from icy moon surfaces and atmospheres, and in situ measurements of ions at similar energies in the moon ionospheres and Jovian magnetospheric plasma. The instrument provides composition measurements of the neutrals and ions that enter the spectrometer with a mass resolution dependent on the time-of-flight subsystem and capable of resolving molecules. The lower energy neutrals, up to tens of eV, arise from atoms and molecules sputtered off the moon surfaces and out of the moon atmospheres by impacts of more energetic (keV to MeV) ions from the magnetosphere. Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) models are used to convert measured neutral abundances to compositional distributions of primary and trace species in the sputtered surfaces and atmospheres. The escaping neutrals can also be detected as ions after photo- or plasma-ionization and pickup. Higher energy, keV neutrals come from charge exchange of magnetospheric ions in the moon atmospheres and provide information on atmospheric structure. At the jovicentric orbits of the icy moons the presence of toroidal gas clouds, as detected at Europa's orbit, provide M e r opportunities to analyze both the composition of neutrals and ions originating from the moon surfaces, and the characteristics of magnetospheric ions interacting with neutral cloud material. Charge exchange of low energy ions near the moons, and directional distributions of the resultant neutrals, allow indirect global mapping of magnetic field structures around the moons. Temporal variation of the magnetic structures can be linked to induced magnetic fields associated with subsurface oceans.

  12. Array-compatible transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter {gamma}-ray detector with 42 eV energy resolution at 103 keV

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    Zink, B. L.; Ullom, J. N.; Beall, J. A.; Irwin, K. D.; Doriese, W. B.; Duncan, W. D.; Ferreira, L.; Hilton, G. C.; Horansky, R. D.; Reintsema, C. D.; Vale, L. R.

    2006-09-18

    The authors describe a microcalorimeter {gamma}-ray detector with measured energy resolution of 42 eV full width at half maximum for 103 keV photons. This detector consists of a thermally isolated superconducting transition-edge thermometer and a superconducting bulk tin photon absorber. The absorber is attached with a technique compatible with producing arrays of high-resolution {gamma}-ray detectors. The results of a detailed characterization of the detector, which includes measurements of the complex impedance, detector noise, and time-domain pulse response, suggest that a deeper understanding and optimization of the thermal transport between the absorber and thermometer could significantly improve the energy resolution of future detectors.

  13. Developing a bright 17 keV x-ray source for probing high-energy-density states of matter at high spatial resolution

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    Huntington, C. M.; Park, H.-S.; Maddox, B. R.; Barrios, M. A.; Benedetti, R.; Braun, D. G.; Hohenberger, M.; Landen, O. L.; Regan, S. P.; Wehrenberg, C. E.; Remington, B. A.

    2015-04-01

    A set of experiments were performed on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to develop and optimize a bright, 17 keV x-ray backlighter probe using laser-irradiated Nb foils. High-resolution one-dimensional imaging was achieved using a 15 μm wide slit in a Ta substrate to aperture the Nb Heα x-rays onto an open-aperture, time integrated camera. To optimize the x-ray source for imaging applications, the effect of laser pulse shape and spatial profile on the target was investigated. Two laser pulse shapes were used—a "prepulse" shape that included a 3 ns, low-intensity laser foot preceding the high-energy 2 ns square main laser drive, and a pulse without the laser foot. The laser spatial profile was varied by the use of continuous phase plates (CPPs) on a pair of shots compared to beams at best focus, without CPPs. A comprehensive set of common diagnostics allowed for a direct comparison of imaging resolution, total x-ray conversion efficiency, and x-ray spectrum between shots. The use of CPPs was seen to reduce the high-energy tail of the x-ray spectrum, whereas the laser pulse shape had little effect on the high-energy tail. The measured imaging resolution was comparably high for all combinations of laser parameters, but a higher x-ray flux was achieved without phase plates. This increased flux was the result of smaller laser spot sizes, which allowed us to arrange the laser focal spots from multiple beams and produce an x-ray source which was more localized behind the slit aperture. Our experiments are a first demonstration of point-projection geometry imaging at NIF at the energies (>10 keV) necessary for imaging denser, higher-Z targets than have previously been investigated.

  14. Energy dependence of effective atomic numbers for photon energy absorption and photon interaction: studies of some biological molecules in the energy range 1 keV-20 MeV.

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    Manohara, S R; Hanagodimath, S M; Gerward, L

    2008-01-01

    Effective atomic numbers for photon energy absorption, Z(PEA,eff), and for photon interaction, Z(PI,eff), have been calculated by a direct method in the photon-energy region from 1 keV to 20 MeV for biological molecules, such as fatty acids (lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, arachidonic, and arachidic acids), nucleotide bases (adenine, guanine, cytosine, uracil, and thymine), and carbohydrates (glucose, sucrose, raffinose, and starch). The Z(PEA,eff) and Z(PI,eff) values have been found to change with energy and composition of the biological molecules. The energy dependence of the mass attenuation coefficient, Z(PEA,eff), and the mass energy-absorption coefficient, Z(PI,eff), is shown graphically and in tabular form. Significant differences of 17%-38% between Z(PI,eff) and Z(PEA,eff) occur in the energy region 5-100 keV. The reasons for these differences, and for using Z(PEA,eff) rather than Z(PI,eff) in calculations of the absorbed dose, are discussed. PMID:18293593

  15. {sup 241}Am(n,{gamma}) cross section in the neutron energy region between 0.02 eV and 300 keV

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    Jandel, M.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Bond, E. M.; Chadwick, M. B.; Clement, R. R.; Couture, A.; O' Donnell, J. M.; Haight, R. C.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R. S.; Ullmann, J. L.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Wouters, J. M.; Macri, R. A.; Wu, C. Y.; Becker, J. A.

    2008-04-17

    The Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was used for a neutron capture cross section measurement on {sup 241}Am. The high granularity of the DANCE array (160 BaF2 detectors in a 4{pi} geometry) enables an efficient detection of prompt gamma rays following neutron capture. The preliminary results on the {sup 241}Am(n,{gamma}) cross section are presented from 0.02 eV to 300 keV. The cross section at thermal energy E{sub n} = 0.0253 eV was determined to be 665{+-}33 barns. Resonance parameters were obtained using the SAMMY7 fit to the measured cross section in the resonance region. Significant discrepancies were found between our results and data evaluations for the first three lowest lying resonances. The cross section for neutrons with E{sub n}>l keV agrees well with the ENDF/B-VII.0 and JENDL-3.3 evaluations.

  16. YIELDS OF IONS AND EXCITED STATES IN NONPOLAR LIQUIDS EXPOSED TO X-RAYS OF 1 TO 30 KEV ENERGY

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    HOLROYD,R.A.

    1999-08-18

    When x-rays from a synchrotron source are absorbed in a liquid, the x-ray energy (E{sub x}) is converted by the photoelectric effect into the kinetic energy of the electrons released. For hydrocarbons, absorption by the K-electrons of carbon dominates. Thus the energy of the photoelectron (E{sub pe}) is E{sub x}-E{sub b}, where E{sub b} is the K-shell binding energy of carbon. Additional electrons with energy equal to E{sub b} is released in the Auger process that fills the hole in the K-shell. These energetic electrons will produce many ionizations, excitations and products. The consequences of the high density of ionizations and excitations along the track of the photoelectron and special effects near the K-edge are examined here.

  17. Mass attenuation coefficient of binderless, pre-treated and tannin-based Rhizophora spp. particleboards using 16.59 - 25.26 keV photon energy range

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    Mohd Yusof, Mohd Fahmi; Hamid, Puteri Nor Khatijah Abdul; Bauk, Sabar; Hashim, Rokiah; Tajuddin, Abdul Aziz

    2015-04-01

    The Rhizophora spp. particleboards were fabricated using ≤ 104 µm particle size at three different fabrication methods; binderless, steam pre-treated and tannin-added. The mass attenuation coefficient of Rhizophora spp. particleboards were measured using x-ray fluorescent (XRF) photon from niobium, molybdenum, palladium, silver and tin metal plates that provided photon energy between 16.59 to 25.26 keV. The results were compared to theoretical values for water calculated using photon cross-section database (XCOM).The results showed that all Rhizophora spp. particleboards having mass attenuation coefficient close to calculated XCOM for water. Tannin-added Rizophora spp. particleboard was nearest to calculated XCOM for water with χ2 value of 13.008 followed by binderless Rizophora spp. (25.859) and pre-treated Rizophora spp. (91.941).

  18. High-precision measurement of the light response of BC-418 plastic scintillator to protons with energies from 100 keV to 10 MeV

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    Henzl, Vladimir; Daub, Brian; French, Jennifer; Matthews, June; Kovash, Michael; Wender, Stephen; Famiano, Michael; Koehler, Katrina; Yuly, Mark

    2010-11-01

    The determination of the light response of many organic scintillators to various types of radiation has been a subject of numerous experimental as well as theoretical studies in the past. But while the data on light response to particles with energies above 1 MeV are precise and abundant, the information on light response to very low energy particles (i.e. below 1 MeV) is scarce or completely missing. In this study we measured the light response of a BC-418 scintillator to protons with energies from 100 keV to 10 MeV. The experiment was performed at Weapons Neutron Research Facility at LANSCE, Los Alamos. The neutron beam from a spallation source is used to irradiate the active target made from BC-418 plastic scintillator. The recoiled protons detected in the active target are measured in coincidence with elastically scattered incident neutrons detected by and adjacent liquid scintillator. Time of flight of the incident neutron and the knowledge of scattering geometry allow for a kinematically complete and high-precision measurement of the light response as a function of the proton energy.

  19. Learning to Apply Metrology Principles to the Measurement of X-ray Intensities in the 500 eV to 110 keV Energy Range

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    Haugh, M. J.; Pond, T.; Silbernagel, C.; Torres, P.; Marlett, K.; Goldin, F.; Cyr, S.

    2011-02-08

    National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), Livermore Operations, has two optical radiation calibration laboratories accredited by “the National Voluntary Laboratories Accreditation Program (NVLAP) which is the accrediting body of” the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is now working towards accreditation for its X-ray laboratories. NSTec operates several laboratories with X-ray sources that generate X-rays in the energy range from 50 eV to 115 keV. These X-ray sources are used to characterize and calibrate diagnostics and diagnostic components used by the various national laboratories, particularly for plasma analysis on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF). Because X-ray photon flux measurement methods that can be accredited, i.e., traceable to NIST, have not been developed for sources operating in these energy ranges, NSTec, NIST, and the National Voluntary Accreditation Program (NVLAP) together have defined a path toward the development and validation of accredited metrology methods for X-ray energies. The methodology developed for the high energy X-ray (HEX) Laboratory was NSTec’s starting point for X-ray metrology accreditation and will be the basis for the accredited processes in the other X-ray laboratories. This paper will serve as a teaching tool, by way of this example using the NSTec X-ray sources, for the process and methods used in developing an accredited traceable metrology.

  20. Dependence of spectral shape of bremsstrahlung spectra on atomic number of target materials in the photon energy range of 5-30 keV

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    Singh, Tajinder; Kahlon, K. S.; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2012-02-01

    Dependence of spectral shape of total bremsstrahlung spectra i.e. the sum of ordinary bremsstrahlung (OB) and polarization bremsstrahlung (PB), on the atomic number ( Z) of target materials (Al, Ti, Sn and Pb), produced by continuous beta particles of 90Sr and 204Tl, has been investigated in the photon energy region of 5-30 keV. It has been found that the spectral shape of total bremsstrahlung spectra, in terms of S ( k, Z) i.e. the number of photons of energy k per moc2 per beta disintegration, is not linearly dependent on the atomic number ( Z) of the target material and rather it is proportional to Zn. At lower photon energies, the index values ' n' of Z-dependence are much higher than unity, which is due to the larger contribution of PB into OB. The decrease in ' n' values with increase of photon energy is due to the decrease in contribution of PB into OB. It is clear that the index ' n' values obtained from the modified Elwert factor (relativistic) Bethe-Heitler theory, which include the contribution PB into OB, are in agreement with the experimentally measured results using X-PIPS Si(Li) detector. Hence the contribution of PB into the formation of a spectral shape of total bremsstrahlung spectra plays a vital role.

  1. Gamma-ray bursts investigations: perspectives for the GAMMA-400 space experiment in the energy range of 100 keV-3 TeV

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    Arkhangelskaja, Irene; Yurkin, Yuri T.; Arkhangelsky, Andrey; Topchiev, Nikolay; Kheymits, Maxim; Runtso, Mikhail; Suchkov, Sergey; Galper, Arkady

    Several thousands of gamma-ray bursts were observed by various experiments, but their sources origin still remains unclear up to now. During several GRBs very high-energy photons were detected both in space and ground-based experiments (up to some tens of GeV and up to some TeV, respectively). The GAMMA-400 future space experiment consists of the GAMMA-400 gamma-ray telescope to detect gammas in the energy range of 100 MeV - 3 TeV and the KONUS-FG system to detect gamma-ray bursts in the range of 100 keV - 10 MeV similar to the KONUS/WIND instrument. The GAMMA-400 gamma-ray telescope will have the angular resolution of 0.02 deg for E > 100 GeV, the energy resolution of 2% for E > 10 GeV, time resolution of ˜ 0.1 ms and allow us together with KONUS-FG to investigate GRBs spectra and temporal profiles in details in the wide energy range.

  2. A multilayer grating with a novel layer structure for a flat-field spectrograph attached to transmission electron microscopes in energy region of 2-4 keV

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    Imazono, T.; Koike, M.; Koeda, M.; Nagano, T.; Sasai, H.; Oue, Y.; Yonezawa, Z.; Kuramoto, S.; Terauchi, M.; Takahashi, H.; Handa, N.; Murano, T.

    2012-05-17

    A multilayer mirror with a novel layer structure to uniformly enhance the reflectivity in a few keV energy range at a fixed angle of incidence is invented and applied to a multilayer grating for use in a flat-field spectrograph attached to a conventional electron microscope. The diffraction efficiency of the fabricated multilayer grating having the new layer structure is evaluated at the angle of incidence of 88.65 deg. in the energy region of 2.1-4.0 keV. It is shown that the multilayer grating is effective to uniformly enhance the diffraction efficiency and able to be practically used in this energy region.

  3. A multilayer grating with a novel layer structure for a flat-field spectrograph attached to transmission electron microscopes in energy region of 2-4 keV

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    Imazono, T.; Koike, M.; Koeda, M.; Nagano, T.; Sasai, H.; Oue, Y.; Yonezawa, Z.; Kuramoto, S.; Terauchi, M.; Takahashi, H.; Handa, N.; Murano, T.

    2012-05-01

    A multilayer mirror with a novel layer structure to uniformly enhance the reflectivity in a few keV energy range at a fixed angle of incidence is invented and applied to a multilayer grating for use in a flat-field spectrograph attached to a conventional electron microscope. The diffraction efficiency of the fabricated multilayer grating having the new layer structure is evaluated at the angle of incidence of 88.65° in the energy region of 2.1-4.0 keV. It is shown that the multilayer grating is effective to uniformly enhance the diffraction efficiency and able to be practically used in this energy region.

  4. Reevaluation of 58Ni and 60Ni Resonance Parameters in the Energy Range Thermal to 800 keV

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    Derrien, Herve; Leal, Luiz C; Guber, Klaus H; Wiarda, Dorothea; Arbanas, Goran

    2009-01-01

    The previous 58Ni and 60Ni set of resonance parameters (ENDF/B-VII-0, JEFF-3, etc.) was based on the SAMMY analysis of Oak Ridge National Laboratory neutron transmission, scattering cross section and capture cross section measurements by C. M. Perey et al. The present results were obtained by adding to the SAMMY experimental data base the capture cross sections measured recently at the Oak Ridge Linear Electron Accelerator by Guber et al. and the Geel Electron Linear Accelerator very high-resolution neutron transmission measurements performed by Brusegan et al. A complete resonance parameter covariance matrix (RPCM) was obtained from the SAMMY analysis of the experimental database. The data sets were made consistent, when needed, by adjusting the neutron energy scales, the normalization coefficients, and the background corrections. The RPCM allows the calculation of the cross section uncertainties due mainly to statistical errors in the experimental data. The systematic uncertainties of the experimental data, estimated from the preliminary analyses of the experimental database, were taken into account in the cross section covariance matrix (CSCM) for total, scattering, and capture cross sections. The diagonal elements of the CSCM were obtained by quadratic combination of the different components of the uncertainties. Because of a lack of experimental information, the energy correlations were not obtained, and a value of 0.5 was arbitrarily taken for all the CSCM nondiagonal elements.

  5. Angular distribution of thick-target bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies ranging from 10 to 20 keV incident on Ag

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    Gonzales, D.; Cavness, B.; Williams, S.

    2011-11-01

    Experimental results are presented comparing the intensities of the bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies ranging from 10 to 20 keV incident on a thick Ag target, measured at forward angles in the range of 0° to 55°. When the data are corrected for attenuation due to photon absorption within the target, the results indicate that the detected radiation is distributed anisotropically only at photon energies k that are approximately equal to the initial energy of the incident electrons E0. The results of our experiments suggest that, as k/E0 → 0, the detected radiation essentially becomes isotropic due primarily to the scattering of electrons within the target. A comparison to the theory of Kissel [At. Data Nucl. Data TablesADNDAT0092-640X10.1016/0092-640X(83)90001-3 28, 381 (1983)] suggests that the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on thick targets is similar to the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on free-atom targets only when k/E0 ≈ 1. The experimental data also are in approximate agreement with the angular distribution predictions of the Monte Carlo program penelope.

  6. Angular distribution of bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies in the range from 10 to 20 keV incident on thick Ag

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    Gonzales, Daniel; Cavness, Brandon; Williams, Scott

    2012-03-01

    Experimental results are presented comparing the intensities of the thick-target bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies ranging from 10 to 20 keV incident on Ag, measured at forward angles in the range of 0 to 55 degrees. When the data are corrected for attenuation due to photon absorption within the target, the results indicate that the detected radiation is distributed anisotropically only at photon energies k that are approximately equal to the initial energy of the incident electrons E0. The results of our experiments suggest that, as k/E0->0, the detected radiation essentially becomes isotropic due primarily to the scattering of electrons within the target. Comparison to the theory of Kissel et al. [At. Data Nucl. Data Tables 28, 381 (1983)] suggests that the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on thick targets is similar to the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on free-atom targets only when k/E0 1. The experimental data also are in approximate agreement with the angular distribution predictions of the Monte Carlo program PENELOPE.

  7. Angular distribution of thick-target bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies ranging from 10 to 20 keV incident on Ag

    SciTech Connect

    Gonzales, D.; Cavness, B.; Williams, S.

    2011-11-15

    Experimental results are presented comparing the intensities of the bremsstrahlung produced by electrons with initial energies ranging from 10 to 20 keV incident on a thick Ag target, measured at forward angles in the range of 0 degree sign to 55 degree sign . When the data are corrected for attenuation due to photon absorption within the target, the results indicate that the detected radiation is distributed anisotropically only at photon energies k that are approximately equal to the initial energy of the incident electrons E{sub 0}. The results of our experiments suggest that, as k/E{sub 0}{yields} 0, the detected radiation essentially becomes isotropic due primarily to the scattering of electrons within the target. A comparison to the theory of Kissel et al.[At. Data Nucl. Data Tables 28, 381 (1983)] suggests that the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on thick targets is similar to the angular distribution of bremsstrahlung emitted by electrons incident on free-atom targets only when k/E{sub 0}{approx_equal} 1. The experimental data also are in approximate agreement with the angular distribution predictions of the Monte Carlo program penelope.

  8. High accuracy experimental determination of copper and zinc mass attenuation coefficients in the 100 eV to 30 keV photon energy range

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    Ménesguen, Y.; Gerlach, M.; Pollakowski, B.; Unterumsberger, R.; Haschke, M.; Beckhoff, B.; Lépy, M.-C.

    2016-02-01

    The knowledge of atomic fundamental parameters such as mass attenuation coefficients with low uncertainties, is of decisive importance in elemental quantification using x-ray fluorescence analysis techniques. Several databases are accessible and frequently used within a large community of users. These compilations are most often in good agreement for photon energies in the hard x-ray ranges. However, they significantly differ for low photon energies and around the absorption edges of any element. In a joint cooperation of the metrology institutes of France and Germany, mass attenuation coefficients of copper and zinc were determined experimentally in the photon energy range from 100 eV to 30 keV by independent approaches using monochromatized synchrotron radiation at SOLEIL (France) and BESSY II (Germany), respectively. The application of high-accuracy experimental techniques resulted in mass attenuation coefficient datasets determined with low uncertainties that are directly compared to existing databases. The novel datasets are expected to enhance the reliability of mass attenuation coefficients.

  9. Nuclear Physics Dissertation Award Lecture: Radiative Capture of Polarized Protons by Deuterium in the Energy Range E_p<=80 keV

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    Schmid, Gregory J.

    1996-05-01

    The D(p,γ)^3He reaction has been studied in the energy range E_p<=80 keV. The quantities measured were the cross section, σ(θ,E), the vector analyzing power, A_y(θ,E), and the γ-ray linear polarization, P(E). A comparison of these experimental results with recent theoretical work demonstrates the extent to which the modern three-body approach is valid at energies below the Coulomb barrier. The effect of meson exchange currents on the reaction dynamics is seen to be especially pronounced. The current experimental data were also used to determine the energy dependence of the D(p,γ)^3He Astrophysical S-factor, S(E). The S(0) value for D(p,γ)^3He is a quantity that has relevance in astrophysical calculations dealing with protostellar evolution. The currently extracted value for S(0) is ~35% lower than a previous extrapolation would indicate.(G.M. Griffiths, M. Lal, C.D. Scarfe, Can. Journ. Phys. 41,724(1963))

  10. Chemical effects in TiO2 and titanates due to bombardment with Ar+ and O{2/+} ions of different energies (3.5-10 keV)

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    Leinen, D.; Fernández, A.; Espinós, J. P.; González-Elipe, A. R.

    1996-09-01

    Compositional and chemical changes in TiO2 and Ph, Ni, Al and Ba titanates induced by bombardment with Ar+ and O{2/+} ons of different energies have been studied quantitatively by XPS. An increase of preferential loss of oxygen and, in case of PbTiO3, of lead has been observed when increasing the Ar+ ion energy from 3.5 to 10 keV. Because of oxygen loss, Ti4+ species reduce to Ti3+ and Ti2+. In addition, the loss of oxygen from PbTiO3 and NiTiO3 leads to the metallic state of nickel and lead, whereas aluminium and barium in Al2TiO5 and BaTiO3 maintain their chemical state (i.e., Al3+ and Ba2+). Bombardment with OZ ions of PbTiO3 and NiTiO3 leads to a partial reduction of Pb and Ni. This metallization and the preferential loss of lead are more efficient at higher ion energies for both, O{2/+} and Ar+ bombardment. The results are discussed in terms of chemical stabilities and the possibility of oxygen diffusion in the bombarded oxides.

  11. Focusing x-ray monochromator for EXAFS studies in the energy range 4-30 keV

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    Heald, S.M.

    1983-01-01

    The design and operating principles of a focusing x-ray monochromator are described. Consistent with extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) applications it allows rapid tuning while maintaining high energy resolution and a fixed focus at the sample. The basic instrument consists of two opposing two crystal monochromators with the second and third crystals operating as a dispersive monochromator. This provides the intrinsic resolution of the crystals independent of silt settings or source size effects. Focusing is achieved by a sagittally bent fourth crystal. To maintain a fixed focus two options are available. In the first, the second crystal pair is translated while the radius of the fourth crystal is held fixed. Thus, the focus remains at the sample even though the angle of incidence on the bent crystal is changing. In the second option the radius of the bent crystal is changed dynamically as the scan is carried out. These techniques are compared and a crystal bender designed for rapid tuning is described.

  12. Atom penetration from a thin film into the substrate during sputtering by polyenergetic Ar{sup +} ion beam with mean energy of 9.4 keV

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    Kalin, B.A.; Gladkov, V.P.; Volkov, N.V.; Sabo, S.E.

    1995-12-31

    Penetration of alien atoms (Be, Ni) into Be, Al, Zr, Si and diamond was investigated under Ar{sup +} ion bombardment of samples having thermally evaporated films of 30--50 nm. Sputtering was carried out using a wide energy spectrum beam of Ar{sup +} ions of 9.4 keV to dose D = 1 {times} 10{sup 16}--10{sup 19} ion/cm{sup 2}. Implanted atom distribution in the targets was measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) of H{sup +} and He{sup +} ions with energy of 1.6 MeV as well as secondary ion mass-spectrometry (SIMS). During the bombardment, the penetration depth of Ar atoms increases with dose linearly. This depth is more than 3--20 times deeper than the projected range of bombarding ions and recoil atoms. This is a deep action effect. The analysis shows that the experimental data for foreign atoms penetration depth are similar to the data calculated for atom migration through the interstitial site in a field of internal (lateral) compressive stresses created in the near-surface layer of the substrate as a result of implantation. Under these experimental conditions atom ratio r{sub i}/r{sub m} (r{sub i} -- radius of dopant, r{sub m} -- radius target of substrate) can play a principal determining role.

  13. The X-ray behaviour of the high-energy peaked BL Lacertae source PKS 2155-304 in the 0.3-10 keV band

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    Kapanadze, B.; Romano, P.; Vercellone, S.; Kapanadze, S.

    2014-10-01

    We present the results of our monitoring of the high-energy peaked BL Lac object PKS 2155-304 by the Swift/X-Ray Telescope (XRT) during 2005-2012. Our timing study shows that the source was highly variable both on longer (weeks-to-months) and intra-day time-scales, up to a factor of 7 in flux, and 30 per cent in fractional variability amplitudes, with no periodic variations. The X-ray spectra are mainly curved with broad ranges of photon index, curvature parameter, and hardness ratio which exhibit significant variability with the flux on different time-scales. Our study of multi-wavelength cross-correlations has revealed that the one-zone SSC scenario seems to be valid for the most optical-to-gamma-ray flares observed during 2006-2012. An `orphan' X-ray flare with no counterpart in other spectral bands suggests the existence of different electron populations. Based on the absence of a correlation between photon index and curvature parameter (expected from the energy-dependent acceleration probability scenario), the observed distribution of curvature parameter from the XRT spectra peaking at b = 0.37, and the observed anti-correlation between the curvature parameter and the 0.3-10 keV flux (i.e. lower curvatures in flaring states), we conclude that the most likely mechanism responsible for producing X-ray emission during the flares is the stochastic acceleration of the electrons.

  14. Energy dependent response of the Fricke gel dosimeter prepared with 270 Bloom gelatine for photons in the energy range 13.93 keV-6 MeV

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    Cavinato, C. C.; Campos, L. L.

    2010-07-01

    The spectrophotometric energy dependent response to photons with effective energies between 13.93 keV and 6 MeV of the Fricke xylenol gel (FXG) dosimeter developed at IPEN, prepared using 270 Bloom gelatine, was evaluated in order to verify the possible dosimeter application in other medicine areas in addition to radiosurgery, for example, breast radiotherapy and blood bags radiosterilization. Other dosimetric characteristics were also evaluated. The obtained results indicate that the FXG dosimeter can contribute to dosimetry in different medical application areas including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation technique that permits three-dimensional (3D) dose distribution evaluation.

  15. Saturated ablation in metal hydrides and acceleration of protons and deuterons to keV energies with a soft-x-ray laser.

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    Andreasson, J; Iwan, B; Andrejczuk, A; Abreu, E; Bergh, M; Caleman, C; Nelson, A J; Bajt, S; Chalupsky, J; Chapman, H N; Fäustlin, R R; Hajkova, V; Heimann, P A; Hjörvarsson, B; Juha, L; Klinger, D; Krzywinski, J; Nagler, B; Pálsson, G K; Singer, W; Seibert, M M; Sobierajski, R; Toleikis, S; Tschentscher, T; Vinko, S M; Lee, R W; Hajdu, J; Tîmneanu, N

    2011-01-01

    Studies of materials under extreme conditions have relevance to a broad area of research, including planetary physics, fusion research, materials science, and structural biology with x-ray lasers. We study such extreme conditions and experimentally probe the interaction between ultrashort soft x-ray pulses and solid targets (metals and their deuterides) at the FLASH free-electron laser where power densities exceeding 10(17) W/cm(2) were reached. Time-of-flight ion spectrometry and crater analysis were used to characterize the interaction. The results show the onset of saturation in the ablation process at power densities above 10(16) W/cm(2). This effect can be linked to a transiently induced x-ray transparency in the solid by the femtosecond x-ray pulse at high power densities. The measured kinetic energies of protons and deuterons ejected from the surface reach several keV and concur with predictions from plasma-expansion models. Simulations of the interactions were performed with a nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium code with radiation transfer. These calculations return critical depths similar to the observed crater depths and capture the transient surface transparency at higher power densities. PMID:21405780

  16. Developing a Compton polarimeter to measure polarization of hard x-rays in the 50-300 keV energy range

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    Legere, Jason; Bloser, Peter L.; Macri, John R.; McConnell, Mark L.; Narita, Tomohiko; Ryan, James M.

    2005-08-01

    This paper discusses the latest progress in the development of GRAPE (Gamma-Ray Polarimeter Experiment), a hard X-ray Compton Polarimeter. The purpose of GRAPE is to measure the polarization of hard X-rays in the 50-300 keV energy range. We are particularly interested in X-rays that are emitted from solar flares and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Accurately measuring the polarization of the emitted radiation from these sources will lead, to a better understating of both the emission mechanisms and source geometries. The GRAPE design consists of an array of plastic scintillators surrounding a central high-Z crystal scintillator. We can monitor individual Compton scatters that occur in the plastics and determine whether the photon is photo absorbed by the high-Z crystal or not. A Compton scattered photon that is immediately photo absorbed by the high-Z crystal constitutes a valid event. These valid events provide us with the interaction locations of each incident photon and ultimately produces a modulation pattern for the Compton scattering of the polarized radiation. Comparing with Monte Carlo simulations of a 100% polarized beam, the level of polarization of the measured beam can then be determined. The complete array is mounted on a flat-panel multi-anode photomultiplier tube (MAPMT) that can measure the deposited energies resulting from the photon interactions. The design of the detector allows for a large field-of-view, at the same time offering the ability to be close-packed with multiple modules in order to reduce deadspace. We plan to present in this paper the latest laboratory results obtained from GRAPE using partially polarized radiation sources.

  17. Developing a Compton polarimeter to measure polarization of hard x-rays in the 50-300 keV energy range

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    Legere, Jason; Bloser, Peter L.; Macri, John R.; McConnell, Mark L.; Narita, Tomohiko; Ryan, James M.

    2005-01-01

    This paper discusses the latest progress in the development of GRAPE (Gamma-Ray Polarimeter Experiment), a hard X-ray Compton Polarimeter. The purpose of GRAPE is to measure the polarization of hard X-rays in the 50-300 keV energy range. We are particularly interested in X-rays that are emitted from solar flares and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Accurately measuring the polarization of the emitted radiation from these sources will lead, to a better understating of both the emission mechanisms and source geometries. The GRAPE design consists of an array of plastic scintillators surrounding a central high-Z crystal scintillator. We can monitor individual Compton scatters that occur in the plastics and determine whether the photon is photo absorbed by the high-Z crystal or not. A Compton scattered photon that is immediately photo absorbed by the high-Z crystal constitutes a valid event. These valid events provide us with the interaction locations of each incident photon and ultimately produces a modulation pattern for the Compton scattering of the polarized radiation. Comparing with Monte Carlo simulations of a 100% polarized beam, the level of polarization of the measured beam can then be determined. The complete array is mounted on a flat-panel multi-anode photomultiplier tube (MAPMT) that can measure the deposited energies resulting from the photon interactions. The design of the detector allows for a large field-of-view, at the same time offering the ability to be close-packed with multiple modules in order to reduce deadspace. We plan to present in this paper the latest laboratory results obtained from GRAPE using partially polarized radiation sources.

  18. Absolute Energy Calibration of X-ray TESs with 0.04 eV Uncertainty at 6.4 keV in a Hadron-Beam Environment

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    Tatsuno, H.; Doriese, W. B.; Bennett, D. A.; Curceanu, C.; Fowler, J. W.; Gard, J.; Gustafsson, F. P.; Hashimoto, T.; Hayano, R. S.; Hays-Wehle, J. P.; Hilton, G. C.; Iliescu, M.; Ishimoto, S.; Itahashi, K.; Iwasaki, M.; Kuwabara, K.; Ma, Y.; Marton, J.; Noda, H.; O'Neil, G. C.; Okada, S.; Outa, H.; Reintsema, C. D.; Sato, M.; Schmidt, D. R.; Shi, H.; Suzuki, K.; Suzuki, T.; Uhlig, J.; Ullom, J. N.; Widmann, E.; Yamada, S.; Zmeskal, J.; Swetz, D. S.

    2016-01-01

    A performance evaluation of superconducting transition-edge sensors (TESs) in the environment of a pion beam line at a particle accelerator is presented. Averaged across the 209 functioning sensors in the array, the achieved energy resolution is 5.2 eV FWHM at Co K_{α } (6.9 keV) when the pion beam is off and 7.3 eV at a beam rate of 1.45 MHz. Absolute energy uncertainty of ± 0.04 eV is demonstrated for Fe K_{α } (6.4 keV) with in-situ energy calibration obtained from other nearby known X-ray lines. To achieve this small uncertainty, it is essential to consider the non-Gaussian energy response of the TESs and thermal cross-talk pile-up effects due to charged particle hits in the silicon substrate of the TES array.

  19. Structure determination from XAFS using high-accuracy measurements of x-ray mass attenuation coefficients of silver, 11 keV-28 keV, and development of an all-energies approach to local dynamical analysis of bond length, revealing variation of effective thermal contributions across the XAFS spectrum

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    Tantau, L. J.; Chantler, C. T.; Bourke, J. D.; Islam, M. T.; Payne, A. T.; Rae, N. A.; Tran, C. Q.

    2015-07-01

    We use the x-ray extended range technique (XERT) to experimentally determine the mass attenuation coefficient of silver in the x-ray energy range 11 kev-28 kev including the silver K absorption edge. The results are accurate to better than 0.1%, permitting critical tests of atomic and solid state theory. This is one of the most accurate demonstrations of cross-platform accuracy in synchrotron studies thus far. We derive the mass absorption coefficients and the imaginary component of the form factor over this range. We apply conventional XAFS analytic techniques, extended to include error propagation and uncertainty, yielding bond lengths accurate to approximately 0.24% and thermal Debye-Waller parameters accurate to 30%. We then introduce the FDMX technique for accurate analysis of such data across the full XAFS spectrum, built on full-potential theory, yielding a bond length accuracy of order 0.1% and the demonstration that a single Debye parameter is inadequate and inconsistent across the XAFS range. Two effective Debye-Waller parameters are determined: a high-energy value based on the highly-correlated motion of bonded atoms ({σ\\text{DW}}=0.1413(21) Å), and an uncorrelated bulk value ({σ\\text{DW}}=0.1766(9) Å) in good agreement with that derived from (room-temperature) crystallography.

  20. Neutron physics of the Re/Os clock. II. The (n,n{sup '}) cross section of {sup 187}Os at 30 keV neutron energy

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    Mosconi, M.; Heil, M.; Kaeppeler, F.; Plag, R.; Mengoni, A.

    2010-07-15

    The inelastic neutron-scattering cross section of {sup 187}Os has been determined in a time-of-flight experiment at the Karlsruhe 3.7-MV Van de Graaff accelerator. An almost monoenergetic beam of 30-keV neutrons was produced at the threshold of the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction. Information on the inelastic channel is required for reliable calculations of the so-called stellar enhancement factor, by which the laboratory cross section of {sup 187}Os must be corrected in order to account for the thermal population of low-lying excited states at the temperatures of s-process nucleosynthesis, in particular of the important state at 9.75 keV. This correction represents a crucial step in the interpretation of the {sup 187}Os/{sup 187}Re pair as a cosmochronometer.

  1. Energy dependence of photon-induced Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-sections for some elements with 38≤Z≤51 in the energy range 20-50 keV

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    Seven, Sabriye

    2012-05-01

    The energy dependence of photon-induced Kα and Kβ x-ray production (or x-ray fluorescence) cross-sections for Sr, Y, Mo, Ru, Pd, Ag, In and Sb elements has been studied in the energy range of 20-50 keV using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) Spectrometry. The photon energy dependence of K x-ray production cross-sections was measured with secondary excitation method. A radioisotope point source of 241Am was employed to excite the K x-rays of secondary exciter elements. The L x-ray yields from Th and U were measured to determine IoG (the intensity of exciter K x-rays falling on primary target). The measurements have been made by observing the x-ray emissions with the help of HPGe detector coupled with a multichannel analyzer. The areas of the Kα and Kβ spectral peaks, as well as the net peak areas, have been determined by a fitting process. The measured Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-sections have been compared with calculated theoretical values in this energy regime. The present experimental results for all the elements were in general agreement with the theoretical values calculated using photoionization cross-sections, fractional rates (based on Hartree-Slater potentials) and fluorescence yields.

  2. Energy dependence of photon-induced Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-sections for some elements with 42≤Z≤68 in the energy range 38-80 keV

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    Seven, Sabriye; Erdoğan, Hasan

    2015-12-01

    The energy dependence of photon-induced Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-sections for Mo, Ru, Pd, In, Sb, Cs, La, Pr, Sm, Tb and Er elements has been studied in the energy range of 38-80 keV with secondary excitation method. K x-ray intensities were measured using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) Spectrometry. The measurements have been made by observing the x-ray emissions, with the help of HPGe detector coupled with a multichannel analyzer. The areas of the Kα and Kβ spectral peaks, as well as the net peak areas, have been determined by a fitting process. The measured Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-sections have been compared with calculated theoretical values in this energy regime. The results have been plotted versus excitation energy. The present experimental Kα and Kβ x-ray production cross-section values for all the elements were in general agreement with the theoretical values calculated using photoionization cross-sections, fluorescence yields and fractional rates based on Hartree-Slater potentials.

  3. Studies of total bremsstrahlung in thick targets of Al, Ti, Sn and Pb for 90Sr beta particles in the photon energy region of 1-100 keV

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    Singh, Amrit; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2016-02-01

    Total bremsstrahlung (BS) spectra in thick targets of Al, Ti, Sn and Pb produced by beta emitter 90Sr (End point energy=546 keV) are studied in the photon energy range of 1-100 keV. The experimentally measured BS spectra are compared with the theoretical spectral distributions calculated from Elwert corrected (non relativistic) Bethe-Heitler [EBH] theory, modified Elwert factor (relativistic) Bethe-Heitler [Fmod BH] theory for ordinary bremsstrahlung (OB) and the Avdonina and Pratt [Fmod BH+PB] theory, which include the contribution of polarization bremsstrahlung (PB) into OB. The present results are indicating the correctness of Fmod BH+PB theory in the low energy region, where PB dominates into the BS, but at the middle and higher photon energy region of the bremsstrahlung spectrum, the Fmod BH theory is more close to the experimental results. The description of the bremsstrahlung process in stripped atom (SA) approximation, which indicates the suppression of the bremsstrahlung at higher energy ends due to the production of PB in the low energy region, needs further considerations. Hence, the present measurements for BS for different target materials indicates that the considerations of the screening effects along with other secondary effects during the interaction of incident electrons with the target nuclei are important while describing the production of bremsstrahlung, particularly for the higher energy regions.

  4. Comparison of simulated and measured spectra from an X-ray tube for the energies between 20 and 35 keV

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    Yücel, M.; Emirhan, E.; Bayrak, A.; Ozben, C. S.; Yücel, E. Barlas

    2015-11-01

    Design and production of a simple and low cost X-ray imaging system that can be used for light industrial applications was targeted in the Nuclear Physics Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University. In this study, production, transmission and detection of X-rays were simulated for the proposed imaging device. OX/70-P dental tube was used and X-ray spectra simulated by Geant4 were validated by comparison with X-ray spectra measured between 20 and 35 keV. Relative detection efficiency of the detector was also determined to confirm the physics processes used in the simulations. Various time optimization tools were performed to reduce the simulation time.

  5. Investigation of the effective atomic numbers of dosimetric materials for electrons, protons and alpha particles using a direct method in the energy region 10 keV-1 GeV: a comparative study.

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    Kurudirek, Murat; Aksakal, Oğuz; Akkuş, Tuba

    2015-11-01

    A direct method has been used for the first time, to compute effective atomic numbers (Z eff) of water, air, human tissues, and some organic and inorganic compounds, for total electron proton and alpha particle interaction in the energy region 10 keV-1 GeV. The obtained values for Z eff were then compared to those obtained using an interpolation procedure. In general, good agreement has been observed for electrons, and the difference (%) in Z eff between the results of the direct and the interpolation method was found to be <10 % for all materials, in the energy range from 10 keV to 1 MeV. More specifically, results of the two methods were found to agree well (Dif. <10 %) for air, calcium fluoride, kapton polyimide film, paraffin wax and plastic scintillator in the entire energy region with respect to the total electron interaction. On the other hand, values for Z eff calculated using both methods for protons and alpha particles generally agree with each other in the high-energy region above 10 MeV. PMID:26082026

  6. Experimental and theoretical studies of the He(2+)-He system - Differential cross sections for direct, single-, and double-charge-transfer scattering at keV energies

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    Gao, R. S.; Dutta, C. M.; Lane, N. F.; Smith, K. A.; Stebbings, R. F.; Kimura, M.

    1992-01-01

    Measurements and calculations of differential cross sections for direct scattering, single-charge transfer, and double-charge transfer in collisions of 1.5-, 2.0-, 6.0-, and 10.0-keV (He-3)2+ with an He-4 target are reported. The measurements cover laboratory scattering angles below 1.5 deg with an angular resolution of about 0.03 deg. A quantum-mechanical molecular-state representation is employed in the calculations; in the case of single-charge transfer a two-state close-coupling calculation is carried out taking into account electron-translation effects. The theoretical calculations agree well with the experimental results for direct scattering and double-charge transfer. The present calculation identifies the origins of oscillatory structures observed in the differential cross sections.

  7. Determination of Kα,β excitation factors in thin target for selected elements from Y to Te at 59.54keV excitation energy.

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    Akman, F; Akdemir, F; Durak, R; Kaçal, M R; Aksakal, O; Araz, A

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents the first measurements of the Kα and Kβ excitation factors for some selected elements from Y to Te. To determine the Kα and Kβ excitation factors, the experimental values of K shell X-ray production cross sections and total absorption photoelectric cross sections were used. The measurements were performed using a Si(Li) detector coupled with 2048 multichannel analyzer and an Am-241 annular radioisotope source which is emitted 59.54keV γ-photons. It is observed that the Kα excitation factors are 5-6 times larger than the Kβ excitation factors. The measured excitation factors were compared only with theoretical calculated ones since there are no other experimental reports for the present elements in the literature. The present experimental values of Kα and Kβ excitation factors are in satisfactory agreement with the theoretical results. PMID:26623929

  8. On the possibility of the generation of high harmonics with photon energies greater than 10 keV upon interaction of intense mid-IR radiation with neutral gases

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    Emelina, A S; Emelin, M Yu; Ryabikin, M Yu

    2014-05-30

    Based on the analytical quantum-mechanical description in the framework of the modified strong-field approximation, we have investigated high harmonic generation of mid-IR laser radiation in neutral gases taking into account the depletion of bound atomic levels of the working medium and the electron magnetic drift in a high-intensity laser field. The possibility is shown to generate high-order harmonics with photon energies greater than 10 keV under irradiation of helium atoms by intense femtosecond laser pulses with a centre wavelength of 8 – 10.6 μm. (interaction of radiation with matter)

  9. Measurements of the absolute spectral sensitivity of X-ray semiconductor detectors in the photon energy range of 1.5-15 keV using ``white'' SR beam of the VEPP-3 storage ring

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    Dolbnya, I. P.; Makarov, O. A.; Mezentsev, N. A.; Pindyurin, V. F.; Subbotin, A. N.

    1995-02-01

    Results of measurements of the absolute spectral sensitivity of silicon semiconductor detectors in the X-ray quanta energy range of 1.5-15 keV are presented. The detectors, being calibrated, were placed into the direct "white" synchrotron radiation (SR) beam from the VEPP-3 storage ring. The spectrum of X-radiation at the entrance window of the detectors was changed by using sets of calibrated filters, as well as by varying the energy of the electrons in the storage ring. The possibility of accurate calculation of the SR spectrum on the calibrated detector under its irradiation in different conditions allowed us to determine the detector spectral sensitivity from a set of integral equations connecting the spectral sensitivity to the registered detector currents. The analysis of possible experimental errors indicates that the absolute spectral sensitivity of the detectors was restored with an accuracy of not worse than 10% in the total photon energy range under the study.

  10. Effective atomic numbers, water and tissue equivalence properties of human tissues, tissue equivalents and dosimetric materials for total electron interaction in the energy region 10 keV-1 GeV.

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    Kurudirek, Murat

    2014-12-01

    Effective atomic numbers (Zeff) of 107 different materials of dosimetric interest have been calculated for total electron interactions in the wide energy region 10keV-1GeV. The stopping cross sections of elements and dosimetric materials were used to calculate Zeff of the materials. Differences (%) in Zeff relative to water have been calculated in the entire energy region to evaluate the water equivalency of the used materials. Moreover, the tissue equivalent materials have been compared with the tissues and dosimetric materials in terms of Zeff to reveal their ability to use as tissue substitutes. Possible conclusions were drawn based on the variation of Zeff through the entire energy region and water and tissue equivalency comparisons in terms of Zeff. PMID:25061891

  11. Li(i=1-3) sub-shell x-ray relative intensities for some compounds of 66Dy at 22.6 and 59.54 keV incident photon energies

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    Kumar, Anil; Puri, Sanjiv

    2012-07-01

    The intensity ratios, ILk/ILα (k=l,β1,4,β3,6,β2,7,9,10,15,γ1,5,γ2,3,γ4,β,γ), have been measured for some compounds of 66Dy, namely, Dy2O3, Dy2(CO3)3, Dy2(SO4)3, DyI2 and Dy metal by creating the Li(i=1-3) sub-shell vacancies in widely different proportions at two incident photon energies of 22.6 keV and 59.54 keV, in order to check the predicted dependence of these ratios on the incident photon energy and also investigate the influence of chemical effects on these ratios for an f-block element. The measurements were performed using the EDXRF spectrometer involving disk type radioactive sources of Cd109 and Am241 and a Peltier cooled Si PIN x-ray detector arranged in the 90° reflection geometry. The measured intensity ratios have been compared with the theoretical ILk/ILα values and those calculated using the two sets of fluorescence and Coster-Kronig yields available in literature in order to check the reliability of the theoretical/calculated values. Further, the measured ratio, ILγ4/ILα, was found to depend on the oxidation state of 66Dy as well as nature of ligand attached to it in a given compound.

  12. Transmission images and evaluation of tomographic imaging based scattered radiation from biological materials using 10, 15, 20 and 25 keV synchrotron X-rays: An analysis in terms of optimum energy

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    Rao, Donepudi V.; Akatsuka, Takao; Tromba, Giuliana

    2004-05-12

    Transmission images and tomographic imaging based scattered radiation is evaluated from biological materials, for example, Polyethylene, Poly carbonate, Plexiglas and Nylon using 10, 15, 20 and 25 keV synchrotron X-rays. The SYRMEP facility at Elettra,Trieste, Italy and the associated detection system has been used for the image acquisition. The scattered radiation is detected for each sample at three energies at an angle of 90 deg. using Si-Pin detector coupled to a multi-channel analyzer. The contribution of transmitted, Compton and fluorescence photons are assessed for a test phantom of small dimensions. The optimum analysis is performed with the use of the dimensions of the sample and detected radiation at various energies.

  13. Calculation of proton total reaction cross sections for some target nuclei in incident energy range of 10-600 MeV

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    Bueyuekuslu, H.; Kaplan, A.; Aydin, A.; Tel, E.; Yildirim, G.

    2010-10-15

    In this study, proton total reaction cross sections have been investigated for some isotopes such as {sup 12}C, {sup 27}Al, {sup 9}Be, {sup 16}O, {sup 181}Ta, {sup 197}Au, {sup 6}Li, and {sup 14}N by a proton beam up to 600 MeV. Calculation of the proton total cross sections has been carried out by the analytic expression formulated by M.A. Alvi by using Coulomb-modified Glauber theory with the Helm model nuclear form factor. The obtained results have been discussed and compared with the available experimental data and found to be in agreement with each other.

  14. OSLD energy response performance and dose accuracy at 24 - 1250 keV: Comparison with TLD-100H and TLD-100

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    Kadir, A. B. A.; Priharti, W.; Samat, S. B.; Dolah, M. T.

    2013-11-27

    OSLD was evaluated in terms of energy response and accuracy of the measured dose in comparison with TLD-100H and TLD-100. The OSLD showed a better energy response performance for H{sub p}(10) whereas for H{sub p}(0.07), TLD-100H is superior than the others. The OSLD dose accuracy is comparable with the other two dosimeters since it fulfilled the requirement of the ICRP trumpet graph analysis.

  15. Experimental study of interactions of highly charged ions with atoms at keV energies. Progress report, August 15, 1990--February 15, 1993

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    Kostroun, V.O.

    1993-01-29

    This final progress report summarizes the work carried out during the 29 month period from August 15, 1990 to February 15, 1993 under grant DE-FG02-86ER13519. The following experiments were done. We measured the absolute total and one- and two- electron transfer cross sections for Ar{sup q+} (8{le} q {le} 16) on He and H{sub 2} at 2.3 qkeV, the angular distributions of the scattered projectiles in Ar{sup 8+,9+} collisions, with Ar and Kr at 2.3 qkeV, the electron emissions in low energy Ar{sup q+} on Ar collisions, the recoil ion charge state distributions in low energy Ar{sup q+} -Ar collisions, the absolute total and one-and two-electron transfer cross sections for Ar{sup 8+} on Ar at 2.3 qkeV, and the absolute total and one- and two-electron transfer cross sections for Ar{sup 8+} on Ar as a function of energy. We also used energy gain spectroscopy to study Ar{sup q+} on Ar collisions at 40 and 30 qeV, and time of flight spectroscopy to investigate ionization and dissociation of CO and N{sub 2} in collisions with low energy, highly charged argon ions. In addition, we applied the Goldberger and Watson transition theory to derive transition rates and cross sections for atomic radiative and/or non radiative processes, wrote a computer code TRANSIT which can calculate energies, wave functions and radiative and non radiative rates for atoms and ions. The code is highly modular and can easily be modified to calculate higher order processes. Finally, we have done an Ab-Initio molecular orbital electronic energy level calculation for the (ArAr){sup 8+} system as a function internuclear separation.

  16. Interplanetary variability in particle fluxes recorded by the low energy charged particle detector SLED (about 30 keV to greater than 30 MeV) during the Cruise Phase of the PHOBOS Mission to Mars and its moons

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    McKenna-Lawlor, S. M. P.; Afonin, V. V.; Gringauz, K. I.; Keppler, E.; Kirsch, E.; Richter, A. K.; Witte, M.; O'Sullivan, D.; Thompson, A.; Kecskemety, K.

    1991-05-01

    Two lightweight telescope detector systems, codenamed SLED-1 and SLED-2, with the capability to monitor electron and ion fluxes within an energy range spanning 34 keV to a few tens of MeV, were launched on the twin spacecraft of the Soviet Phobos Mission to Mars and its moons in July 1988. Solar-related particle enhancements recorded during the Cruise Phase, and also in the near Martian environment, over the interval 19 July 1988-27 March 1989 while the interplanetary medium was in course of changing over from solar-minimum to solar-maximum dominated conditions, are presented. In particular, examples of signatures characterizing events associated with each of these phenomenological states are provided in the context of attempting to elucidate how the solar interplanetary medium evolves from one condition to the other.

  17. M-shell X-ray production cross-sections for elements with 67 {<=} Z {<=} 92 at incident photon energies E{sub M{sub 1}}keV

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    Chauhan, Yogeshwar; Kumar, Anil; Puri, Sanjiv

    2009-07-15

    The X-ray production cross-sections for the Mk (k = {xi}, {delta}, {alpha}, {beta}, {zeta}, {gamma}, m{sub 1} and m{sub 2}) groups of X-rays have been evaluated for all the elements with 67 {<=} Z {<=} 92 at incident photon energies ranging E{sub M{sub 1}}keV using currently available theoretical data sets of different physical parameters, namely, partial photoionization cross-sections, X-ray emission rates, fluorescence and Coster-Kronig yields, and the K-shell/L{sub j} (j = 1-3) subshell to the M{sub i} (i = 1-5) subshell vacancy transfer probabilities, based on the independent particle models.

  18. A NOVEL APPROACH TO MEASURE THE CROSS SECTION OF THE {sup 18}O(p, alpha){sup 15}N RESONANT REACTION IN THE 0-200 keV ENERGY RANGE

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Cherubini, S.; Crucilla, V.; Gulino, M.; Lamia, L.; Pizzone, R. G.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; Sergi, M. L.; Mukhamedzhanov, A.; Banu, A.; Goldberg, V.; Tabacaru, G.; Trache, L.; Coc, A.; Kiss, G. G.; Mrazek, J.

    2010-01-01

    The {sup 18}O(p, alpha){sup 15}N reaction is of primary importance to pin down the uncertainties, due to nuclear physics input, affecting present-day models of asymptotic giant branch stars. Its reaction rate can modify both fluorine nucleosynthesis inside such stars and oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios, which allow one to constrain the proposed astrophysical scenarios. Thus, an indirect measurement of the low-energy region of the {sup 18}O(p, alpha){sup 15}N reaction has been performed to access, for the first time, the range of relevance for astrophysical application. In particular, a full, high-accuracy spectroscopic study of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been performed and the strengths deduced to evaluate the reaction rate and the consequences for astrophysics.

  19. Mass attenuation coefficient of binderless, pre-treated and tannin-based Rhizophora spp. particleboards using 16.59 – 25.26 keV photon energy range

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    Mohd Yusof, Mohd Fahmi Hamid, Puteri Nor Khatijah Abdul; Tajuddin, Abdul Aziz; Bauk, Sabar; Hashim, Rokiah

    2015-04-29

    The Rhizophora spp. particleboards were fabricated using ≤ 104 µm particle size at three different fabrication methods; binderless, steam pre-treated and tannin-added. The mass attenuation coefficient of Rhizophora spp. particleboards were measured using x-ray fluorescent (XRF) photon from niobium, molybdenum, palladium, silver and tin metal plates that provided photon energy between 16.59 to 25.26 keV. The results were compared to theoretical values for water calculated using photon cross-section database (XCOM).The results showed that all Rhizophora spp. particleboards having mass attenuation coefficient close to calculated XCOM for water. Tannin-added Rizophora spp. particleboard was nearest to calculated XCOM for water with χ2 value of 13.008 followed by binderless Rizophora spp. (25.859) and pre-treated Rizophora spp. (91.941)

  20. Fine pitch transition-edge sensor X-ray microcalorimeters with sub-eV energy resolution at 1.5 keV

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    Lee, S. J.; Adams, J. S.; Bandler, S. R.; Chervenak, J. A.; Eckart, M. E.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Wassell, E. J.

    2015-11-01

    We are developing arrays of X-ray microcalorimeters on a 50-µm pitch that utilize transition-edge sensors as the sensor to measure the temperature rise when X-rays are absorbed. An array of this type of pixel has great potential for the study of point sources in future X-ray observatory missions. The pixels have gold absorbers with dimensions 45 × 45 × 4.2 µm3. We measured an energy resolution of 0.72 ± 0.03 eV full width at half maximum for the Al Kα complex in a subset of pixels within the array, which is the best resolution to date using a non-dispersive detector at this energy. We describe our characterization of this device including measurements of the heat capacity, thermal conductance to the heat bath, and the temperature and current sensitivity of the detector, and discuss its potential for improved performance.

  1. Observations of celestial X-ray sources above 20 keV with the high-energy scintillation spectrometer on board OSO 8

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    Crannell, C. J.; Dennis, B. R.; Dolan, J. H.; Frost, K. J.; Orwig, L. E.; Beall, J. H.; Maurer, G. S.

    1977-01-01

    High-energy X-ray spectra of the Crab Nebula, Cyg- XR-1, and Cen A were determined from observations with the scintillation spectrometer on board the OSO-8 satellite, launched in June, 1975. Each of these sources was observed over two periods of 8 days or more, enabling a search for day-to-day and year to year variations in the spectral and temporal characteristics of the X-ray emission. No variation in the light curve of the Crab pulsar was found from observations which span a 15-day period in March 1976, with demonstrable phase stability. Transitions associated with the binary phase of Cyg XR-1 and a large change in the emission from Con A are reported.

  2. Surface-morphology changes and damage in hot tungsten by impact of 80 eV - 12 keV He-ions and keV-energy self-atoms

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    Meyer, F. W.; Krstic, P. S.; Hijazi, H.; Bannister, M. E.; Dadras, J.; Parish, C. M.; Meyer, H. M., Iii

    2014-04-01

    We report results of measurements on the evolution of the surface morphology of a hot tungsten surface due to impacting low-energy (80 - 12,000 eV) He ions, performed at the ORNL Multicharged Ion Research Facility (MIRF). Surface-morphology changes were investigated over a broad range of fluences, energies and temperatures for both virgin and pre-damaged W-targets. At low fluences, ordered coral-like and ridge-like surface structures are observed, with great grain-to-grain variability. At the largest fluences, individual grain characteristics disappear in FIB/SEM scans, and the entire surface is covered by a multitude of near-surface bubbles with a broad range of sizes, and disordered whisker growth, while in top-down SEM imaging the surface is virtually indistinguishable from the nanofuzz produced on linear plasma devices. These features are evident at progressively lower fluences as the He-ion energy is increased. In addition, simulations were carried out of damage caused by cumulative bombardment of 1 keV W self-atoms, using LAMMPS at the Kraken supercomputing facility of the University of Tennessee. The simulations show strong defect-recombination effects that lead to a saturation of the total defect number after a few hundred impacts, while sputtering and implantation lead to an imbalance of the vacancy and interstitial numbers.

  3. The x-ray calibration facility of the laser integration line in the 0.9-10 keV range: The high energy x-ray source and some applications

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    Hubert, S.; Dubois, J. L.; Gontier, D.; Lidove, G.; Reverdin, C.; Soullié, G.; Stemmler, P.; Villette, B.

    2010-05-01

    The laser integration line (LIL) located at CEA-CESTA is equipped with x-ray plasma diagnostics using different kinds of x-ray components such as filters, mirrors, crystals, detectors, and cameras. The CEA-DAM of Arpajon is currently developing x-ray calibration methods and carrying out absolute calibration of LIL x-ray photodetectors. To guarantee LIL measurements, detectors such as x-ray cameras must be regularly calibrated close to the facility. A new x-ray facility is currently available to perform these absolute x-ray calibrations. This paper presents the x-ray tube based high energy x-ray source delivering x-ray energies ranging from 0.9 to 10 keV by means of an anode barrel. The purpose of this source is mainly to calibrate LIL x-ray cameras but it can also be used to measure x-ray filter transmission of plasma diagnostics. Different x-ray absolute calibrations such as x-ray streak and framing camera yields, x-ray charge-coupled device quantum efficiencies, and x-ray filter transmissions are presented in this paper. A x-ray flat photocathode detector sensitivity calibration recently performed for a CEA Z-pinch facility is also presented.

  4. The x-ray calibration facility of the laser integration line in the 0.9-10 keV range: the high energy x-ray source and some applications.

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    Hubert, S; Dubois, J L; Gontier, D; Lidove, G; Reverdin, C; Soullié, G; Stemmler, P; Villette, B

    2010-05-01

    The laser integration line (LIL) located at CEA-CESTA is equipped with x-ray plasma diagnostics using different kinds of x-ray components such as filters, mirrors, crystals, detectors, and cameras. The CEA-DAM of Arpajon is currently developing x-ray calibration methods and carrying out absolute calibration of LIL x-ray photodetectors. To guarantee LIL measurements, detectors such as x-ray cameras must be regularly calibrated close to the facility. A new x-ray facility is currently available to perform these absolute x-ray calibrations. This paper presents the x-ray tube based high energy x-ray source delivering x-ray energies ranging from 0.9 to 10 keV by means of an anode barrel. The purpose of this source is mainly to calibrate LIL x-ray cameras but it can also be used to measure x-ray filter transmission of plasma diagnostics. Different x-ray absolute calibrations such as x-ray streak and framing camera yields, x-ray charge-coupled device quantum efficiencies, and x-ray filter transmissions are presented in this paper. A x-ray flat photocathode detector sensitivity calibration recently performed for a CEA Z-pinch facility is also presented. PMID:20515133

  5. The x-ray calibration facility of the laser integration line in the 0.9-10 keV range: The high energy x-ray source and some applications

    SciTech Connect

    Hubert, S.; Dubois, J. L.; Gontier, D.; Lidove, G.; Reverdin, C.; Soullie, G.; Stemmler, P.; Villette, B.

    2010-05-15

    The laser integration line (LIL) located at CEA-CESTA is equipped with x-ray plasma diagnostics using different kinds of x-ray components such as filters, mirrors, crystals, detectors, and cameras. The CEA-DAM of Arpajon is currently developing x-ray calibration methods and carrying out absolute calibration of LIL x-ray photodetectors. To guarantee LIL measurements, detectors such as x-ray cameras must be regularly calibrated close to the facility. A new x-ray facility is currently available to perform these absolute x-ray calibrations. This paper presents the x-ray tube based high energy x-ray source delivering x-ray energies ranging from 0.9 to 10 keV by means of an anode barrel. The purpose of this source is mainly to calibrate LIL x-ray cameras but it can also be used to measure x-ray filter transmission of plasma diagnostics. Different x-ray absolute calibrations such as x-ray streak and framing camera yields, x-ray charge-coupled device quantum efficiencies, and x-ray filter transmissions are presented in this paper. A x-ray flat photocathode detector sensitivity calibration recently performed for a CEA Z-pinch facility is also presented.

  6. High-contrast process using a positive-tone resist with antistatic coating and high-energy (100-keV) e-beam lithography for fabricating diffractive optical elements (DOE) on quartz

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    Poli, Louis C.; Kondek, Christine A.; Shoop, Barry L.; McLane, George F.

    1995-06-01

    Diffractive optical elements (DOE) are becoming important as optical signal processing elements in increasingly diverse applications. These elements, fabricated on quartz, may be used as phase shift type masks or as embedded components that implement a transfer function within a processing network. A process is under development for the fabrication of a DOE implementing a Jervis error diffusion kernel for research in half tone image processing. Dry etching is performed after lithography and pattern transfer through a nickel mask. This results in etched areal features on the substrate. An optical diffraction medium is thus created. Lithographic patterning is done by e-beam lithography (EBL) to realize small features, but also offers the important advantage of a large depth of field which relaxes the problem of complex surface topology. The recent availability of high energy (100 KeV) lithography tools provides a capability for precision overlay, small feature resolution, and enhanced image contrast through a lower induced proximity effect. Patterning by EBL on insulating substrates is complicated by the necessity of providing a vehicle for the avoidance of charge buildup on the surface. In a previously presented paper a methodology was shown for the use of TQV-501 (Nitto Chemical) antistatic compound as a final spin on film for use with PMMA and SAL-601 (Shipley). In this current work, a process is described using EBL and a high performance positive resist working with a final film layer of antistatic TQV-501 on a nickel coated wafer. The process may then be reapplied to realize additional lithographic levels in registration, for multilevel DOE components. High energy (100 KeV) EBL is used to provide high quality pattern definition. The e-beam sensitive resist, ZEP-320-37 (Nagase Chemical) in dilution, together with a top film layer of TQV-501 serves as a bilevel resist system and is used for patterning the desired image before definition of the nickel mask through a wet etch. ZEP- 320-37 in 1:1 dilution with the native solvent is spin applied and softbaked for 2 hours at 120 degree(s)C, after which the antistatic film is spin applied and softbaked for 10 minutes at 70 degree(s)C. After exposure, the TQV film is removed within the development procedure itself. The image is developed in xylene followed by a thorough IPA rinse. The pattern is then transferred to the nickel film via a dilute HCl etch bath. Finally, magnetron RIE is performed on the substrate through the defined nickel mask, after which the nickel film is completely removed in HCl.2438

  7. Linear attenuation coefficients of tissues from 1 keV to 150 keV

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    Böke, Aysun

    2014-09-01

    The linear attenuation coefficients and three interaction processes have been computed for liver, kidney, muscle, fat and for a range of x-ray energies from 1 keV to 150 keV. Molecular photoelectric absorption cross sections were calculated from atomic cross section data. Total coherent (Rayleigh) and incoherent (Compton) scattering cross sections were obtained by numerical integration over combinations of F2m(x) with the Thomson formula and Sm(x) with the Klein-Nishina formula, respectively. For the coherent (Rayleigh) scattering cross section calculations, molecular form factors were obtained from recent experimental data in the literature for values of x<1 Å-1 and from the relativistic modified atomic form factors for values of x≥1 Å-1. With the inclusion of molecular interference effects in the coherent (Rayleigh) scattering, more accurate knowledge of the scatter from these tissues will be provided. The number of elements involved in tissue composition is 5 for liver, 47 for kidney, 44 for muscle and 3 for fat. The results are compared with previously published experimental and theoretical linear attenuation coefficients. In general, good agreement is obtained. The molecular form factors and scattering functions and cross sections are incorporated into a Monte Carlo program. The energy distributions of x-ray photons scattered from tissues have been simulated and the results are presented.

  8. Dedicated STEM for 200 to 40 keV operation

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    Dellby, N.; Bacon, N. J.; Hrncirik, P.; Murfitt, M. F.; Skone, G. S.; Szilagyi, Z. S.; Krivanek, O. L.

    2011-06-01

    A dedicated STEM developed for operation at primary energies from 200 keV to 40 keV and lower is described. It has a new cold field emission gun (CFEG) that gives a normalized brightness of 3 × 108 A/(m2 sr V), and excellent short-term and long-term stability. It includes two gun lenses (one electrostatic and one electromagnetic), a fast electrostatic beam blanker, three condenser lenses, a corrector of third- and fifth-order geometric aberrations, an objective lens with low aberration coefficients, a flexible set of projector lenses, an ultra-stable sample stage, and provision for storing up to five samples under high vacuum and loading them into the microscope's objective lens under remote control. The microscope is enclosed in a magnetically and acoustically shielding enclosure, which allows it to operate at a high performance level even in non-optimal environments. It has reached 53 pm resolution at 200 keV and 123 pm at 40 keV, and an EELS energy resolution of 0.26 eV. Dedicated to Christian Colliex

  9. Radiative n11B capture accounting 21 and 430 keV resonances

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    Dubovichenko, S. B.; Burkova, N. A.

    2014-03-01

    In the framework of the modified potential cluster model (PCM), the possibility of describing the available experimental data for the total cross-sections for n11B radiative capture at thermal and astrophysical energies were considered with taking into account the 21 keV and 430 keV resonances.

  10. Quasistellar spectrum for neutron activation measurements at kT=5 keV

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    Heil, M.; Dababneh, S.; Juseviciute, A.; Kaeppeler, F.; Plag, R.; Reifarth, R.; O'Brien, S.

    2005-02-01

    We have measured the neutron energy spectrum of the {sup 18}O(p,n){sup 18}F reaction at a proton energy of 2582 keV, 8 keV above the reaction threshold. At this energy the resulting neutron spectrum resembles almost perfectly a Maxwellian distribution at a thermal energy of kT=5.1{+-}0.1 keV. Since all neutrons are emitted in a forward cone of 140 degrees opening angle, this reaction can be used for neutron activation measurements similar to the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction, which is known for producing a thermal spectrum with kT=25 keV. Measured neutron capture cross sections at kT=5.1 keV and kT=25 keV can be used to interpolate to kT=8 keV, which characterizes the dominant neutron exposure during s-process nucleosynthesis in thermally pulsing low-mass AGB stars. In a first application of this new method the Maxwellian-averaged neutron capture cross section of {sup 138}Ba was measured to be <{sigma}v>/v{sub T}=13.0{+-}0.5 mb at kT=5.1 keV.

  11. Detection of interplanetary electrons from 18 keV to 1.8 MeV during solar quiet times, 1. On the origin of 200 KeV interplanetary electrons, 2.

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    Lin, R. P.; Anderson, K. A.; Cline, T. L.; Ramaty, R.; Fisk, L. A.

    1972-01-01

    A quiet time component of interplanetary electrons having energies above solar wind energies and below those characterized as cosmic radiation was observed. Its energy spectrum falls with energy from 18 keV to 1.8 MeV, but it shows a feature in the 100 to 300 keV range. The observed temporal variations of the intensity suggest that the 18 to 100 keV portion is solar and the 0.3 to 1.8 MeV portion is galactic in origin. Solar and terrestrial neutron decay electrons appear inadequate to explain the 100 to 300 keV feature.

  12. Characterization of a silicon strip detector for photon-counting spectral CT using monoenergetic photons from 40 keV to 120 keV

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    Liu, Xuejin; Bornefalk, Hans; Chen, Han; Danielsson, Mats; Karlsson, Staffan; Persson, Mats; Xu, Cheng; Huber, Ben

    2014-03-01

    Background: We are developing a segmented silicon strip detector that operates in photon-counting mode and allows pulse-height discrimination with 8 adjustable energy bins. In this work, we determine the energy resolution of the detector using monoenergetic x-ray radiation from 40 keV to 120 keV. We further investigate the effects of pulse pileup and charge sharing between detector channels that may lead to a decreased energy resolution. Methods: For each incident monochromatic x-ray energy, we obtain count spectra at different photon fluxes. These spectra corresponds to the pulse-height response of the detector and allow the determination of energy resolution and charge-sharing probability. The energy resolution, however, is influenced by signal pileup and charge sharing. Both effects are quantified using Monte Carlo simulations of the detector that aim to reproduce the conditions during the measurements. Results: The absolute energy resolution is found to increase from 1.7 to 2.1 keV for increasing energies 40 keV to 120 keV at the lowest measured photon flux. The effect of charge sharing is found to increase the absolute energy resolution by a factor of 1.025 at maximum. This increase is considered as negligibly small. The pileup of pulses leads to a deterioration rate of the energy resolution of 4 · 10-3 keV Mcps-1 mm2, corresponding to an increase of 0.04keV per 10 Mcps increase of the detected count rate.

  13. High-resolution detection of 100 keV electrons using avalanche photodiodes

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    Ogasawara, K.; Hirahara, M.; Miyake, W.; Kasahara, S.; Takashima, T.; Asamura, K.; Saito, Y.; Mukai, T.

    2008-08-01

    With two electron beam sources, we have tested two new Hamamatsu [Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Shizuoka, Japan ] avalanche photodiodes (APDs) of spl 3988 and spl 6098 to detect electron beams up to 100 keV. Though our previous results showed the effectiveness and the advantage of an APD to measure 2-40 keV electrons, its upper limit was not high enough to detect so-called medium-energy electrons. In addition to the limitation of its detectable range, the response at different energies was also not linear. These newly developed APDs, which have thicker depletion-layers, provide full coverage of this missing range along with a good linearity. The depletion-layer thickness was increased to 140 μm for both APDs, the dead-layer of spl 3988 became 10 times thicker than that of spl 6098. The thin-surface dead-layer and thick depletion-layer of spl 6098 allows the detection of electrons from 3 keV up to 100 keV with a good linearity and with an excellent energy resolution of 4 keV at 100-keV electrons. The wide dynamic range from 3 keV to 100 keV of those APDs will increase their appeal in detecting electrons for space plasma research.

  14. High angular resolution cosmic X-ray astronomy observations in the energy range 0.15-2 keV and XUV observations of nearby stars from an attitude controlled rocket

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    Garmire, G. P.

    1974-01-01

    The construction of a two dimensional focusing Wolter Type I mirror system for X-ray and XUV astronomical observations from an Astrobee F sounding rocket is described. The mirror design goal will have a one degree field, a 20-arc seconds resolution, an effective area of about 50 sq cm at 1 keV and 10 sq cm at 0.25 keV on axis. A star camera provides aspect data to about 15-arc seconds. Two detectors are placed at the focus with an interchange mechanism to allow a detector change during flight. The following specific developments are reported: (1) position sensitive proportional counter development; (2) channel plate multiplier development; (3) telescope mirror development and payload structure; (4) Australian rocket flight results; (5) Comet Kohoutek He I observation; and (6) Vela, Puppis A, and Gem-Mon bright patch observations.

  15. Energetic electron fluxes (E180 KeV) observed by the Giotto experiment EPA during encounter with Comet Halley

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    Kirsch, E.; McKenna-Lawlor, S.; Thompson, A.; Osullivan, D.; Neubauer, F. M.

    1986-12-01

    The Energetic Particle Detector system EPA/EPONA onboard Giotto detects ions and electrons with energies greater than 20 keV in various energy channels. In this paper, electron fluxes are presented together with data from the Giotto Magnetometer Experiment. Electrons >180 keV were recorded from the transit of the foreshock, inbound, until the last observation outbound at approximately 03:00 UT on 15 March 1986. Energy spectra for the inbound pass are shown. One flux enhancement in the >300 keV channel and several in the >180 keV channel were recorded outbound. Possible acceleration mechanisms for the energetic electrons are considered.

  16. The X-ray Emissivity of the Universe: 2-200 Kev

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    Schwartz, D.; Gursky, H.

    1973-01-01

    Observational results on the diffuse X-ray background between 2 and 200 keV are reported. Data are presented as a function of the volume emissivity function B (E) (ergs/sec cu Mpc keV emitted at energy E). The prescription for this is first to establish the spectral intensity I (E) (ergs/sec sq cm ster keV) measured at the earth, second to subtract the contribution due to known, discrete sources, and third to unfold the integral equation which relates the measured intensity to the emissivity.

  17. Spectroscopy from 2 to 200 kev

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    Helfand, D.J.; Chanan, G.A.

    1981-11-01

    The astrophysical processes responsible for line and continuum emission in the spectra range 2 keV to 200 keV are examined from the viewpoint of designing a spectrometer which would operate in this regime. Phenomena considered include fluorescent line radiation in X-ray binaries, magnetically shifted iron lines and cyclotron emission from neutron star surfaces, line emission from cosmically abundant elements in thermal plasmas, and nuclear deexcitation lines in fresh nucleosynthetically produced matter. An instrument consisting of a approximately 10 sq cm array of planar germanium detectors surrounded by a large sodium-iodide anticoincidence shield is described and projected background rates and sensitivities are considered. A sample observing program for a two-day shuttle-based mission is included as an example of the wide range of scientific questions which could be addressed by such an instrument.

  18. Heliospheric Neutral Atom Spectra Between 0.01 and 6 keV fom IBEX

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    Fuselier, S. A.; Allegrini, F.; Bzowski, M.; Funsten, H. O.; Ghielmetti, A. G.; Gloeckler, G.; Heirtzler, D.; Janzen, P.; Kubiak, M.; Kucharek, H.; McComas, D. J.; Moebius, E.; Moore, T. E.; Petrinec, S. M.; Quinn, M.; Reisenfeld, D.; Saul, L. A.; Scheer, J. A.; Schwardron, N.; Trattner, K. J.; Vanderspek, R.; Wurz, P.

    2012-01-01

    Since 2008 December, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has been making detailed observations of neutrals from the boundaries of the heliosphere using two neutral atom cameras with overlapping energy ranges. The unexpected, yet defining feature discovered by IBEX is a Ribbon that extends over the energy range from about 0.2 to 6 keV. This Ribbon is superposed on a more uniform, globally distributed heliospheric neutral population. With some important exceptions, the focus of early IBEX studies has been on neutral atoms with energies greater than approx. 0.5 keV. With nearly three years of science observations, enough low-energy neutral atom measurements have been accumulated to extend IBEX observations to energies less than approx. 0.5 keV. Using the energy overlap of the sensors to identify and remove backgrounds, energy spectra over the entire IBEX energy range are produced. However, contributions by interstellar neutrals to the energy spectrum below 0.2 keV may not be completely removed. Compared with spectra at higher energies, neutral atom spectra at lower energies do not vary much from location to location in the sky, including in the direction of the IBEX Ribbon. Neutral fluxes are used to show that low energy ions contribute approximately the same thermal pressure as higher energy ions in the heliosheath. However, contributions to the dynamic pressure are very high unless there is, for example, turbulence in the heliosheath with fluctuations of the order of 50-100 km/s.

  19. Revised spin values of the 991 keV and 1599 keV levels in 140Sm

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    Samorajczyk, J.; Klintefjord, M.; Droste, Ch.; Görgen, A.; Marchlewski, T.; Srebrny, J.; Abraham, T.; Garrote, F. L. Bello; Grodner, E.; Hadyńska-Klek, K.; Kisieliński, M.; Komorowska, M.; Kowalczyk, M.; Kownacki, J.; Napiorkowski, P.; Szenborn, R.; Stolarz, A.; Tucholski, A.; Tveten, G. M.

    2015-10-01

    The previously accepted spin values of the 991 and 1599 keV levels in 140Sm have been revised and established as 2 + and 0 (+), respectively. The γ -γ angular correlation method was used to determine the new spin values. The excited low-spin levels in 140Sm were populated in the 140Eu→140Sm and 140Gd→ 140Eu→140Sm decays. The 140Gd and 140Eu nuclei were produced in the 112Cd+32S reaction at a beam energy of 155 MeV.

  20. X-ray spectroscopy for chemistry in the 2-4 keV energy regime at the XMaS beamline: ionic liquids, Rh and Pd catalysts in gas and liquid environments, and Cl contamination in γ-Al2O3.

    PubMed

    Thompson, Paul B J; Nguyen, Bao N; Nicholls, Rachel; Bourne, Richard A; Brazier, John B; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Brown, Simon D; Wermeille, Didier; Bikondoa, Oier; Lucas, Christopher A; Hase, Thomas P A; Newton, Mark A

    2015-11-01

    The 2-4 keV energy range provides a rich window into many facets of materials science and chemistry. Within this window, P, S, Cl, K and Ca K-edges may be found along with the L-edges of industrially important elements from Y through to Sn. Yet, compared with those that cater for energies above ca. 4-5 keV, there are relatively few resources available for X-ray spectroscopy below these energies. In addition, in situ or operando studies become to varying degrees more challenging than at higher X-ray energies due to restrictions imposed by the lower energies of the X-rays upon the design and construction of appropriate sample environments. The XMaS beamline at the ESRF has recently made efforts to extend its operational energy range to include this softer end of the X-ray spectrum. In this report the resulting performance of this resource for X-ray spectroscopy is detailed with specific attention drawn to: understanding electrostatic and charge transfer effects at the S K-edge in ionic liquids; quantification of dilution limits at the Cl K- and Rh L3-edges and structural equilibria in solution; in vacuum deposition and reduction of [Rh(I)(CO)2Cl]2 to γ-Al2O3; contamination of γ-Al2O3 by Cl and its potential role in determining the chemical character of supported Rh catalysts; and the development of chlorinated Pd catalysts in `green' solvent systems. Sample environments thus far developed are also presented, characterized and their overall performance evaluated. PMID:26524308

  1. Measurement of the mass attenuation coefficient from 81 keV to 1333 keV for elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb

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    Gjorgieva, Slavica; Barandovski, Lambe

    2016-03-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) for 3 high purity elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb were measured in the γ-ray energy range from 81 keV up to 1333 keV using 22Na, 60Co 133Ba and 133Cs as sources of gamma radiation. Well shielded detector (NaI (Tl) semiconductor detector) was used to measure the intensity of the transmitted beam. The measurements were made under condition of good geometry, assuring that any photon absorbed or deflected appreciably does not reach the detector. The measured values are compared with the theoretical ones obtained by Seltzer (1993).

  2. Compton backscattered 511 keV annihilation line emission and the 170 keV line from the Galactic center direction

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    Lingenfelter, Richard E.; Hua, Xin-Min

    1991-01-01

    It is shown that Compton scattering of 511 keV electron-positron annihilation radiation produces a linelike reflection feature at 170 keV from backscattered photons. Assuming simple models of clouds and accretion disks around a compact source, the paper explores the spectrum of Compton-scattered annihilation line emission for a range of geometries, opacities, and observing angles, and finds that the linelike feature is produced under a wide variety of conditions. It is further shown that such Compton backscattering of slightly redshifted annihilation line emission from the inner edge of an accretion disk could account for the 170 keV line emission and higher energy continuum observed together with the 511 keV annihilation radiation from the direction of the Galactic center. Identification of the observed 170 keV line as a slightly redshifted annihilation line reflection feature provides strong new evidence that the source of this emission is a compact object surrounded by a disk of presumably accreting matter.

  3. Hyper-filter-fluorescer spectrometer for x-rays above 120 keV

    DOEpatents

    Wang, Ching L.

    1983-01-01

    An apparatus utilizing filter-fluorescer combinations is provided to measure short bursts of high fluence x-rays above 120 keV energy, where there are no practical absorption edges available for conventional filter-fluorescer techniques. The absorption edge of the prefilter is chosen to be less than that of the fluorescer, i.e., E.sub.PRF E.sub.F. In this way, the response function is virtually zero between E.sub.PRF and E.sub.F and well defined and enhanced in an energy band of less than 1000 keV above the 120 keV energy.

  4. THE SOLAR WIND CHARGE-TRANSFER X-RAY EMISSION IN THE 1/4 keV ENERGY RANGE: INFERENCES ON LOCAL BUBBLE HOT GAS AT LOW Z

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    Koutroumpa, D.; Lallement, R.

    2009-05-10

    We present calculations of the heliospheric solar wind charge-exchange (SWCX) emission spectra and the resulting contributions of this diffuse background in the ROSAT 1/4 keV bands. We compare our results with the soft X-ray background (SXRB) emission detected in front of 378 identified shadowing regions during the ROSAT All-Sky Survey. This foreground component is principally attributed to the hot gas of the so-called Local Bubble (LB), an irregularly shaped cavity of {approx}50-150 pc around the Sun, which is supposed to contain {approx}10{sup 6} K plasma. Our results suggest that the SWCX emission from the heliosphere is bright enough to account for most of the foreground emission toward the majority of low galactic latitude directions, where the LB is the least extended. On the other hand, in a large part of directions with galactic latitude above 30 deg., the heliospheric SWCX intensity is significantly smaller than the measured one. However, the SWCX R2/R1 band ratio differs slightly from the data in the galactic center direction, and more significantly in the galactic anticentre direction where the observed ratio is the smallest. Assuming that both SWCX and hot gas emission are present and their relative contributions vary with direction, we tested a series of thermal plasma spectra for temperatures ranging from 10{sup 5} to 10{sup 6.5} K and searched for a combination of SWCX spectra and thermal emission matching the observed intensities and band ratios, while simultaneously being compatible with O VI emission measurements. In the frame of collisional equilibrium models and for solar abundances, the range we derive for hot gas temperature and emission measure cannot reproduce the Wisconsin C/B band ratio. This implies that accounting for SWCX contamination does not remove these known disagreements between data and classical hot gas models. We emphasize the need for additional atomic data, describing consistently EUV and X-ray photon spectra of the charge-exchange emission of heavier solar wind ions.

  5. Tomographic scanning microscope for 1-4 KeV x-rays

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    McNulty, I.; Feng, Y.P.; Hadda, W.S.; Trebes, J.E.

    1995-12-31

    X-ray microtomography enables three-dimensional imaging at submicron resolution with elemental and chemical state contrast. The 1-4 KeV energy region is promising for microtomography of biological, microelectronics, and materials sciences specimens. To capitalize on this potential, we are constructing a tomographic scanning x-ray microscope for 1-4 KeV x-ray on a spherical grating monochromator beamline at the Advance Photon Source. The microscope, which uses zone plate optics, has an anticipated spatial resolution of 100 nm and an energy resolution of better than 1 eV.

  6. The Morphology of the X-ray Emission above 2 keV from Jupiter's Aurorae

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    Elsner, R.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Galand, M.; Grodent, D.; Waite, J. H.; Cravens, T.; Ford, P.

    2007-01-01

    The discovery in XMM-Newton X-ray data of X-ray emission above 2 keV from Jupiter's aurorae has led us to reexamine the Chandra ACIS-S observations taken in Feb 2003. Chandra's superior spatial resolution has revealed that the auroral X-rays with E > 2 keV are emitted from the periphery of the region emitting those with E < 1 keV. We are presently exploring the relationship of this morphology to that of the FUV emission from the main auroral oval and the polar cap. The low energy emission has previously been established as due to charge exchange between energetic precipitating ions of oxygen and either sulfur or carbon. It seems likely to us that the higher energy emission is due to precipitation of energetic electrons, possibly the same population of electrons responsible for the FUV emission. We discuss our analysis and interpretation.

  7. Interstellar photoelectric absorption cross sections, 0.03-10 keV

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    Morrison, R.; Mccammon, D.

    1983-01-01

    An effective absorption cross section per hydrogen atom has been calculated as a function of energy in the 0.03-10 keV range using the most recent atomic cross section and cosmic abundance data. Coefficients of a piecewise polynomial fit to the numerical results are given to allow convenient application in automated calculations.

  8. Novel Generation Method of 24-keV Monoenergetic Neutrons Using Accelerators

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    Matsumoto, Tetsuro; Harano, Hideki; Nishiyama, Jun; Kudo, Katsuhisa; Uritani, Akira

    2009-03-10

    This paper describes a novel 24-keV monoenergetic neutron source that consists of an iron filter and a thick lithium target. The 24 keV neutrons are obtained with iron filtering of a neutron beam from the {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be reaction near threshold energy using the 4 MV Pelletron accelerator. Neutron spectra were calculated using the NRESP-ANT simulation code. This neutron source was investigated using a {sup 3}He cylindrical proportional counter to measure the spatial distribution and neutron flux.

  9. Preparation for B4C/Mo2C multilayer deposition of alternate multilayer gratings with high efficiency in the 0.5-2.5 keV energy range

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    Choueikani, Fadi; Delmotte, Franck; Bridou, Franoise; Lagarde, Bruno; Mercere, Pascal; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe; Polack, Franois

    2013-03-01

    This paper presents a study of B4C/Mo2C multilayers mirrors with the aim of using it in the achievement of Alternate MultiLayer (AML) grating. Such component allows a high efficiency in the 500-2500 eV energy range for the DEIMOS beamline. Multilayers were deposited on silicon substrate. They are characterized by reflectometry under grazing incidence. Numerical adjustments were performed with a model of two layers in the period without any interfacial. A prototype of AML grating was fabricated and characterized. The efficiency of the first order of diffraction was worth 15% at 1700 eV.

  10. A possible line feature at 73 keV from the Crab Nebula

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    Ling, J. C.; Mahoney, W. A.; Willett, J. B.; Jacobson, A. S.

    1979-01-01

    Evidence is reported for a possible line feature at 73 keV from the Crab Nebula. The experiment was conducted with a balloon-borne high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometer on June 10, 1974, over Palestine, Texas. The intensity and the width of the line derived from the fitting of these data are approximately 0.0038 photon per (sq cm-sec) and less than 4.9 keV FWHM, respectively. The line is superposed on a power-law continuum of 11.2 E to the -2.16 photons per (sq cm-keV) in the energy range from 53 to 300 keV, which is consistent with other measurements of the Crab Nebula spectrum.

  11. A search for the reported 400-keV gamma-ray line from Crab Nebula

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    Ling, J. C.; Mahoney, W. A.; Willett, J. B.; Jacobson, A. S.

    1977-01-01

    A balloon-borne large volume high resolution gamma-ray spectrometer which utilizes 40 cu cm Ge(Li) crystals was used June 10, 1974 to search for a 400-keV gamma-ray line from the Crab Nebula. Energy loss spectra in the 400-keV vicinity are compared with gamma-ray measurements of the same source which were reported by Leventhal et al. (1977). In contrast with the 1976 experimental results reported by Leventhal et al., a 400-keV line was not observed. Further, it is thought that the 1974 data contradict the measurement reported by Leventhal et al. if a constant source intensity is assumed.

  12. Observations of proton spectra (1.0 less than or equal to proton energy less than or equal to 300 keV) and pitch angle distributions at the plasmapause

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    Williams, D. J.; Fritz, T. A.; Konradi, A.

    1972-01-01

    Detailed proton spectral and pitch angle distribution observations were obtained from two proton detectors and a fluxgate magnetometer flown on Small Scientific Satellite A (Explorer 45). The data of interest are from orbit 99 in-bound occurring on 17 December 1971, some 8 hours prior to the sudden commencement of a magnetic storm. The data are consistent with the initiation of ion cyclotron instability when certain requirements are met. These criteria are met initially at the altitude at which the sudden intensity decrease occurs. However, after the initiation of the instability, the linear theory is unable to explain the further evolution of intensities, pitch angle distributions, and energy spectra of the ring current particles.

  13. Controlled shallow single-ion implantation in silicon using an active substrate for sub-20-keV ions

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    Jamieson, D. N.; Yang, C.; Hopf, T.; Hearne, S. M.; Pakes, C. I.; Prawer, S.; Mitic, M.; Gauja, E.; Andresen, S. E.; Hudson, F. E.; Dzurak, A. S.; Clark, R. G.

    2005-05-01

    We demonstrate a method for the controlled implantation of single ions into a silicon substrate with energy of sub-20-keV. The method is based on the collection of electron-hole pairs generated in the substrate by the impact of a single ion. We have used the method to implant single 14-keV P31 ions through nanoscale masks into silicon as a route to the fabrication of devices based on single donors in silicon.

  14. The Solar Flare 4: 10 keV X-ray Spectrum

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    Phillips, K. J. H.

    2004-01-01

    The 4-10 keV solar flare spectrum includes highly excited lines of stripped Ca, Fe, and Ni ions as well as a continuum steeply falling with energy. Groups of lines at approximately 7 keV and approximately 8 keV, observed during flares by the broad-band RHESSI spectrometer and called here the Fe-line and Fe/Ni-line features, are formed mostly of Fe lines but with Ni lines contributing to the approximately 8 keV feature. Possible temperature indicators of these line features are discussed - the peak or centroid energies of the Fe-line feature, the line ratio of the Fe-line to the Fe/Ni-line features, and the equivalent width of the Fe-line feature. The equivalent width is by far the most sensitive to temperature. However, results will be confused if, as is commonly believed, the abundance of Fe varies from flare to flare, even during the course of a single flare. With temperature determined from the thermal continuum, the Fe-line feature becomes a diagnostic of the Fe abundance in flare plasmas. These results are of interest for other hot plasmas in coronal ionization equilibrium such as stellar flare plasmas, hot gas in galaxies, and older supernova remnants.

  15. Generation of a 500-keV electron beam from a high voltage photoemission gun

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    Nishimori, Nobuyuki; Nagai, Ryoji; Matsuba, Shunya; Hajima, Ryoichi; Yamamoto, Masahiro; Miyajima, Tsukasa; Honda, Yosuke; Iijima, Hokuto; Kuriki, Masao; Kuwahara, Makoto

    2013-06-01

    High-brightness, high-current electron guns for energy recovery linac light sources and high repetition rate X-ray free-electron lasers require an exit beam energy of ≥500 keV to reduce space-charge induced emittance growth in the drift space from the gun exit to the following superconducting accelerator entrance. At the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, we have developed a DC photoemission gun employing a segmented insulator to mitigate the field emission problem, which is a major obstacle for operation of DC guns at ≥500 kV. The first demonstration of generating a 500-keV electron beam with currents up to 1.8 mA is presented.

  16. Hard X-ray Microflares down to 3 keV

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    Krucker, Säm; Christe, Steven; Lin, R. P.; Hurford, Gordon J.; Schwartz, Richard A.

    2002-11-01

    The excellent sensitivity, spectral and spatial resolution, and energy coverage down to 3 keV provided by the Reuven Ramaty High-Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager mission (RHESSI) allows for the first time the detailed study of the locations and the spectra of solar microflares down to 3 keV. During a one-hour quiet interval (GOES soft X-ray level around B6) on 2 May, 1:40 2:40 UT, at least 7 microflares occurred with the largest peaking at A6 GOES level. The microflares are found to come from 4 different active regions including one behind the west limb. At 7‧‧ resolution, some events show elongated sources, while others are unresolved point sources. In the impulsive phase of the microflares, the spectra can generally be fitted better with a thermal model plus power law above ˜ 6 7 keV than with a thermal only. The decay phase sometimes can be fitted with a thermal only, but in some events, power-law emission is detected late in the event indicating particle acceleration after the thermal peak of the event. The behind-the-limb microflare shows thermal emissions only, suggesting that the non-thermal power law emission originates lower, in footpoints that are occulted. The power-law fits extend to below 7 keV with exponents between -5 and -8, and imply a total non-thermal electron energy content between 1026 1027 erg. Except for the fact that the power-law indices are steeper than what is generally found in regular flares, the investigated microflares show characteristics similar to large flares. Since the total energy in non-thermal electrons is very sensitive to the value of the power law and the energy cutoff, these observations will give us better estimates of the total energy input into the corona. (Note that color versions of figures are on the accompanying CD-ROM.)

  17. Spectral Analysis on Solar Flares with an Emission > 300 keV

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    Vargas, R.; Connaughton, V.

    2013-12-01

    The continuum gamma-ray emission from solar flares is caused when a population of electrons is accelerated to relativistic speeds and interacts with the solar plasma. However, it has been theorized that the gamma-ray emission from some brighter flares comes from two populations of electrons. Using the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM), we studied the gamma-ray emission spectra of solar flares and paid special attention to the solar flares that showed emission above 300 keV. We found that the emission above 300 keV was better fit with a broken power-law than a single power-law, evidence that the gamma-ray emission from certain solar flares involved two populations of electrons. Specifically, our best model involved a broken power law that had a steeper slope before the break in energy than after. We studied the spectral parameters as a function of time during the period of the high-energy emission. We also found that solar flares with emission above 300 keV form a small subset (~4%) of flares that trigger GBM above 20 keV. One of the flares with an emission greater than 300 keV was fitted with a Broken Power Law model. Only data from the BGO detector was used in making the plots. Various parameters of the fit have been plotted vs. time with the top two graphs representing the light curves of the flare from different detectors (BGO-0 and NaI-4). A spectral fit for bn100612038 for the time interval of [45s-50s] using only the BGO (0) detector file. Data from this fit was used in creating the other plots.

  18. The Morphology of the X-ray Emission above 2 keV from Jupiter's Aurorae

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    Elsner, R.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Galand, M.; Grodent, D.; Gladstone, G. R.; Waite, J. H.; Cravens, T.; Ford, P.

    2007-01-01

    The discovery in XMM-Newton X-ray data of X-ray emission above 2 keY from Jupiter's aurorae has led us to reexamine the Chandra ACIS-S observations taken in Feb 2003. Chandra's superior spatial resolution has revealed that the auroral X-rays with E > 2 keV are emitted from the periphery of the region emitting those with E < 1 keV. We are presently exploring the relationship of this morphology to that of the FUV emission from the main auroral oval and the polar cap. The low energy emission has previously been established as due to charge exchange between energetic precipitating ions of oxygen and either sulfur or carbon. It seems likely to us that the higher energy emission is due to precipitation of energetic electrons, possibly the same population of electrons responsible for the FUV emission. We discuss our analysis and interpretation.

  19. X-ray phase-contrast imaging at 100 keV on a conventional source

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    Thüring, T.; Abis, M.; Wang, Z.; David, C.; Stampanoni, M.

    2014-06-01

    X-ray grating interferometry is a promising imaging technique sensitive to attenuation, refraction and scattering of the radiation. Applications of this technique in the energy range between 80 and 150 keV pose severe technical challenges, and are still mostly unexplored. Phase-contrast X-ray imaging at such high energies is of relevant scientific and industrial interest, in particular for the investigation of strongly absorbing or thick materials as well as for medical imaging. Here we show the successful implementation of a Talbot-Lau interferometer operated at 100 keV using a conventional X-ray tube and a compact geometry, with a total length of 54 cm. We present the edge-on illumination of the gratings in order to overcome the current fabrication limits. Finally, the curved structures match the beam divergence and allow a large field of view on a short and efficient setup.

  20. Few arc-minute and keV resolutions with the TIGRE Compton telescope

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    Zych, A.; Bhattacharya, D.; Dixon, D.; ONeill, T.; Tuemer, T.; White, R. S.; Ryan, J.; McConnell, M.; Macri, J.; Oegelman, H.; Paulos, R.; Wheaton, W.; Akyuez, A.; Samimi, J.; Oezel, M.

    1997-01-01

    The tracking and imaging gamma ray experiment (TIGRE) Compton telescope concept can provide an angular resolution of a few arcmin, an energy resolution of a few keV and high sensitivity, while providing the wide field of view necessary for surveying and monitoring observations. Silicon and CdZnTe strip detectors are used to detect Compton pair events and determine their incident directions and energies. Above 400 keV, Compton recoil electrons are tracked through successive layers of thin silicon strip detectors. Compton scattered photons are detected with CdZnTe strip detectors. Pair electrons and positrons are tracked to provide high sensitivity observations in the 10 to 100 MeV range. Polarization studies are performed with large angle Compton scatter events. The TIGRE concept and development status are described.

  1. Development of a Portable 950 keV X-band Linac for NDT

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    Natsui, Takuya; Uesaka, Mitsuru; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Sakamoto, Fumito; Hashimoto, Eiko; Kiwoo, Lee; Nakamura, Naoki; Yamamoto, Masashi; Tanabe, Eiji; Yoshida, Mitsuhiro; Higo, Toshiyasu; Fukuda, Shigeki

    2009-03-10

    We are developing a portable 950 keV X-band (9.4 GHz) linac X-ray source for on-site nondestructive testing of erosion of metal pipes at a petrochemical complex. To develop it, we adopted a compact X-band 9.4 GHz magnetron of 250 kW for RF generation device. The whole device, including power supply and cooling devices, were also downsized. The dose rate of X-ray converted in a tungsten target is designed to be 0.2 Gy/min at 1-m distance. We designed an accelerating tube that uses the {pi} mode for the lower energy part and the {pi}/2 mode cavity for the higher energy. We manufactured the accelerating tube and carried out beam acceleration tests, confirming that the electron beam was accelerated up to 950 keV.

  2. Calibration of SIOM-5FW film in the range of 0.1-4 keV

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    Chenais-Popovics, C.; Reverdin, C.; Ioannou, I.

    2006-06-01

    The SIOM-5FW film produced for the sub-keV x-ray detection range was calibrated here in a wide energy range (0.1-4keV). A single set of parameters valid in the whole measured energy range was determined for the calibration of the Shangai 5F (SIOM-5FW) film from a parametric fit of the data. The sensitivity of the SIOM-5FW film was measured to be four times lower than that of the Kodak DEF film at 2.5keV photon energy. Modeling of the DEF and SIOM-5FW films provides a good comparison of their sensitivity in the 0.1-10keV range.

  3. The diffuse X-ray spectrum from 14-200 keV as measured on OSO-5

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    Dennis, B. R.; Suri, A. N.; Frost, K. J.

    1973-01-01

    The measurement of energy spectrum of the diffuse component of cosmic X-ray flux made on the OSO-5 spacecraft is described. The contributions to the total counting rate of the actively shielded X-ray detector are considered in some detail and the techniques used to eliminate the non-cosmic components are described. Positive values for the cosmic flux are obtained in seven energy channels between 14 and 200 keV and two upper limits are obtained between 200 and 254 keV. The results can be fitted by a power law spectrum. A critical comparison is made with the OSO-3 results. Conclusions show that the reported break in the energy spectrum at 40 keV is probably produced by an erroneous correction for the radioactivity induced in the detector on each passage through the intense charged particle fluxes in the South Atlantic anomaly.

  4. Study of photon attenuation coefficients of some multielement materials. [123-1250 keV

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    Bhandal, G.S. ); Singh, K. . Dept. of Physics)

    1994-03-01

    Total photon mass attenuation of six multielement shielding materials (concrete, plaster of paris, quick lime, black cement, white cement, and silica) is measured in the 123- to 1,250-keV energy range. The experimental results are analyzed in terms of cross sections, effective atomic numbers, and electron densities. Considerable sensitivity of the total mass attenuation coefficients and effective atomic numbers to variations in oxygen content are found in these multielement materials.

  5. INTEGRAL 11-year hard X-ray survey above 100 keV

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    Krivonos, R.; Tsygankov, S.; Lutovinov, A.; Revnivtsev, M.; Churazov, E.; Sunyaev, R.

    2015-04-01

    We present the results of an all-sky survey, performed with data acquired by the Imager on-Board the INTEGRAL Satellite (IBIS) telescope on board the INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) observatory over 11 years of operation, at energies above 100 keV. The catalogue of detected sources includes 132 objects. The statistical sample detected on the time-averaged 100-150 keV map at a significance above 5σ contains 88 sources: 28 active galactic nuclei (AGNs), 38 low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs), 10 high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) and 12 rotation-powered young X-ray pulsars. The catalogue also includes 15 persistent sources, which were registered at significance 4σ ≤ S/N < 5σ, where S/N is the signal-to-noise ratio, but at the same time were firmly detected (≥12σ) in the lower 17-60 keV energy band. All registered sources are known X-ray emitters, which means that the catalogue has 100 per cent purity in this respect. Additionally, 29 catalogued sources were detected significantly in different time slices of the survey. In the context of the survey, we present a hardness ratio for Galactic and extragalactic sources, an LMXB longitudinal asymmetry and a number-flux relation for non-blazar AGNs. At higher energies, in the 150-300 keV energy band, 25 sources have been detected with S/N ≥ 5σ, including seven AGNs, 13 LMXBs, three HMXBs and two rotation-powered pulsars. Among LMXBs and HMXBs, we identified 12 black hole candidates (BHCs) and four neutron star (NS) binaries.

  6. Compton polarimeter for 10-30 keV x rays.

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    Weber, S; Beilmann, C; Shah, C; Tashenov, S

    2015-09-01

    We present a simple and versatile polarimeter for x rays in the energy range of 10-30 keV. It uses Compton scattering in low-Z materials such as beryllium or boron carbide. The azimuthal distribution of the scattered x rays is sampled by an array of 12 silicon PIN diodes operated at room temperature. We evaluated the polarimetry performance using Monte-Carlo simulations and show experimental results. PMID:26429432

  7. Compton polarimeter for 10-30 keV x rays

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    Weber, S.; Beilmann, C.; Shah, C.; Tashenov, S.

    2015-09-01

    We present a simple and versatile polarimeter for x rays in the energy range of 10-30 keV. It uses Compton scattering in low-Z materials such as beryllium or boron carbide. The azimuthal distribution of the scattered x rays is sampled by an array of 12 silicon PIN diodes operated at room temperature. We evaluated the polarimetry performance using Monte-Carlo simulations and show experimental results.

  8. Resolution of the 1,238-keV gamma-ray line from supernova 1987A

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    Teegarden, B. J.; Barthelmy, S. D.; Gehrels, N.; Tueller, J.; Leventhal, M.

    1989-01-01

    Observations of supernova 1987A from the maiden flight of the Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (GRIS) are reported. SN1987A was observed for a period of 11.1 hours on May 1, 1988. Line emission at 1238 keV and continuum emission from 60-800 keV were detected. A gaussian line profile gives an acceptable fit to the 1238 keV line. The best-fit parameters are: flux = 8.5(+ 2.3, - 2.2) x 10 to the -4th photons/sq cm/s; peak energy = 1235.4 (+ 2.2, - 2.4) keV; FWHM = 16.3 (+ 6.1, - 5.7) keV. No evidence is found for a supernova-produced red- or blueshift in the 1238 keV line. The measured linewidth is a factor of about two greater than model predictions, although the discrepancy represents only two standard deviations. The line profiles are characteristic of optically thin regions, whereas the intensity implies a mean optical depth of about two. Fragmentation or nonspherical geometry of the supernova shell are possible explanations of the data.

  9. Optimization of single keV ion implantation for the construction of single P-donor devices

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    Yang, Changyi; Jamieson, David N.; Hopf, Toby; Andresen, Soren E.; Hearne, Sean M.; Hudson, Fay E.; Pakes, Christopher I.; Mitic, Mladen; Gauja, Eric; Tamanyan, Grigori; Dzurak, Andrew S.; Prawer, Steven; Clark, Robert G.

    2005-02-01

    We report recent progress in single keV ion implantation and online detection for the controlled implantation of single donors in silicon. When integrated with silicon nanofabrication technology this forms the "top down" strategy for the construction of prototype solid state quantum computer devices based on phosphorus donors in silicon. We have developed a method of single ion implantation and online registration that employs detector electrodes adjacent to the area into which the donors are to be implanted. The implantation sites are positioned with nanometer accuracy using an electron beam lithography patterned PMMA mask. Control of the implantation depth of 20 nm is achieved by tuning the phosphorus ion energy to 14 keV. The counting of single ion implantation in each site is achieved by the detection of e-/h+ pairs produced by the implanted phosphorus ion in the substrate. The system is calibrated by use of Mn K-line x-rays (5.9 and 6.4 keV) and we find the ionization energy of the 14 keV phosphorus ions in silicon to be about 3.5-4.0 keV for implants through a 5 nm SiO2 surface layer. This paper describes the development of an improved PIN detector structure that provides more reliable performance of the earlier MOS structure. With the new structure, the energy noise threshold has been minimized to 1 keV or less. Unambiguous detection/counting of single keV ion implantation events were achieved with a confidence level greater than 98% with a reliable and reproducible fabrication process.

  10. Solar wind ˜0.1-1.5 keV electrons at quiet times

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    Tao, Jiawei; Wang, Linghua; Zong, Qiugang; Li, Gang; Salem, Chadi S.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.; He, Jiansen; Tu, Chuanyi; Bale, Stuart D.

    2016-03-01

    We present a statistical survey of the energy spectrum of solar wind suprathermal (˜0.1-1.5 keV) electrons measured by the WIND 3-D Plasma & Energetic Particle (3DP) instrument at 1 AU during quiet times at the minimum and maximum of solar cycles 23 and 24. Firstly, we separate strahl (beaming) electrons and halo (isotropic) electrons based on their features in pitch angle distributions. Secondly, we fit the observed energy spectrum of both the strahl and halo electrons at ˜0.1-1.5 keV to a Kappa distribution function with an index κ, effective temperature Teff and density n0. We also integrate the the measurements over ˜0.1-1.5 keV to obtain the average electron energy Eavg of the strahl and halo. We find a strong positive correlation between κ and Teff for both the strahl and halo, possibly reflecting the nature of the generation of these suprathermal electrons. Among the 245 selected samples, ˜68% have the halo κ smaller than the strahl κ, while ˜50% have the halo Eh larger than the strahl Es.

  11. Type IA Supernovae & 511 keV Annihilation Radiation

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    Milne, P. A.; Leising, M. D.; The, L. S.

    1998-12-01

    This dissertation investigates the contributions of supernovae (SNe) to galactic positrons. Previous works have suggested that for favorable conditions, (56) Co positrons can escape from the SN ejecta into the ISM. The lifetimes of positrons are long enough to permit the contributions of many SNe to collectively produce a ``sea of positrons". The transport of positrons through SN ejecta and annihilation of positrons in the ISM give rise to two observable effects; the deposition of positron kinetic energy into the SN ejecta drives the SN emission at late times, and the annihilation of positrons with electrons in the ISM produces 511 keV photons. We model the transport of positrons in SN ejecta, estimating positron yields and generating bolometric light curves. The curves are compared with observed SN light curves and positron escape is indicated. The yields from SN models are combined with SN rates, galactic SN distributions and estimates of the yield of positrons from other SN-synthesized positron emitting radionuclei to generate a collective SN map of the galactic annihilation radiation. The SN map and many other maps are then compared to the observations of galactic annihilation radiation taken by the Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment (OSSE) to determine if the SN map is favored. The SN distribution was found to agree with the data if certain assumptions are made about the distribution of type Ia SNe in the Galaxy, and if other sources of galactic annihilation radiation were present. We conclude with a discussion of what observations would further the arguments for positron escape from SNe, and the SN galactic annihilation radiation map.

  12. Compact, maintainable 80-KeV neutral beam module

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    Fink, Joel H.; Molvik, Arthur W.

    1980-01-01

    A compact, maintainable 80-keV arc chamber, extractor module for a neutral beam system immersed in a vacuum of <10.sup.-2 Torr, incorporating a nested 60-keV gradient shield located midway between the high voltage ion source and surrounding grounded frame. The shield reduces breakdown or arcing path length without increasing the voltage gradient, tends to keep electric fields normal to conducting surfaces rather than skewed and reduces the peak electric field around irregularities on the 80-keV electrodes. The arc chamber or ion source is mounted separately from the extractor or ion accelerator to reduce misalignment of the accelerator and to permit separate maintenance to be performed on these systems. The separate mounting of the ion source provides for maintaining same without removing the ion accelerator.

  13. Mutagenic effect of a keV range N + beam on mammalian cells

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    Feng, Huiyun; Wu, Lijun; Yu, Lixiang; Han, Wei; Liu, Xuelan; Yu, Zengliang

    2005-07-01

    The radiobiological effects of a keV (5-20 keV) range nitrogen ion (N +) beam on mammalian cells were studied, particularly with regard to the induction of mutation in the cell genome. The experiment demonstrated that the 20 keV N + beam, which resulted in cell death to a certain extent, induced a 2-3 fold increase in the mutation rates at the CD59 gene locus of the mammalian A L cells as compared to the control. Within certain fluence ranges (0-6 × 10 14 N +/cm 2), the cell survival displayed a down-up-down pattern which is similar to the phenomenon known as 'hyper-radiosensitivity' manifested under low-dose irradiation; the CD59 mutation rate firstly showed a gradual rise up to a 3-fold increment above the background level as the ion fluence went up to 4 × 10 14 N +/cm 2, after this peak point however, a downtrend appeared though the ion fluence increased further. It was also observed that the fraction of CD59 mutation bears no proportional relation to ion energy in further experiments of mutation induction by N + beams with the incident energies of 5, 10, 15 and 20 keV at the same fluence of 3 × 10 14 N +/cm 2. Analyses of the deletion patterns of chromosome 11 in CD59- mutants induced by 5-20 keV N + beams showed that these ions did not result in large-size chromosome deletions in this mammalian cell system. A preliminary discussion, suggesting that the mutagenic effect of such low-energy ion influx on mammalian cells could result from multiple processes involving direct collision of particles with cellular DNA, and cascade atomic and molecular reactions due to plentiful primary and secondary particles, was also presented. The study provided the first glimpse into the roles low-energy ions may play in inducing mutagenesis in mammalian cells, and results will be of much value in helping people to understand the contribution of low-energy ions to radiological effects of various ionising radiations.

  14. CONTRIBUTION OF UNRESOLVED POINT SOURCES TO THE DIFFUSE X-RAY BACKGROUND BELOW 1 keV

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    Gupta, A.; Galeazzi, M.

    2009-09-01

    We present here the analysis of X-ray point sources detected in several observations available in the XMM-Newton public archive. We focused, in particular, on energies below 1 keV, which are of particular relevance to the understanding of the diffuse X-ray background (DXB). The average field of all the exposures is 0.09 deg{sup -2}. We reached an average flux sensitivity of 5.8 x 10{sup -16}ergs{sup -1}cm{sup -2} in the soft band (0.5-2.0 keV) and 2.5 x 10{sup -16}ergs{sup -1}cm{sup -2} in the very soft band (0.4-0.6 keV). In this paper, we discuss the log N-log S results, the contribution to the integrated X-ray sky flux, and the properties of the cumulative spectrum from all sources. In particular, we found an excess flux at around 0.5 keV in the composite spectrum of faint sources. The excess seems to be a general property of all the fields observed suggesting an additional class of weak sources is contributing to the X-ray emission at these energies. Combining our results with previous investigations, we have also quantified the contribution of the individual components of the DXB in the 3/4 keV band.

  15. Study of avalanche photodiodes for soft X-ray detection below 20 keV

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    Yatsu, Y.; Kuramoto, Y.; Kataoka, J.; Kotoku, J.; Saito, T.; Ikagawa, T.; Sato, R.; Kawai, N.; Kishimoto, S.; Mori, K.; Kamae, T.; Ishikawa, Y.; Kawabata, N.

    2006-08-01

    The performance of the large area reach-through avalanche photodiode (APD), manufactured by Hamamatsu Photonics, K.K. as a high resolution X-ray detector is presented. The mentioned APD has an area of 3 mm ∅, a fast time response for signal carrier collection and its thick depletion layer of 130 μm shows a potential to be used as an effective X-ray absorber below 20 keV. Having a capacitance of ˜10 pF and a low dark current of 5 nA for a gain of 15, at room temperature, this APD had demonstrated one of the best energy resolutions within this kind of devices: 6.4% (FWHM) for 5.9 keV photons with a minimum detectable energy of 0.3 keV, measured at -20C. The experiments for the timing property were made in a synchrotron beam facility using an 8 keV X-ray beam; the reached count rate was above 108 counts/s, corresponding to a very short dead time of 4.5 ns/pulse. In order to test the radiation hardness of the APD, the device was irradiated at a Ring Cyclotron Facility with a 53.5 MeV proton beam. The total dose was of 11.3 krad and no fatal damage was found in the APD, although the dark current of the APD had shown an increase of one order of magnitude. Finally, the obtained results allow us to affirm that the reach-through APD has the potential to become an excellent X-ray detector, especially in the space mission application.

  16. Neutron capture cross sections of rhenium from 3 to 1900 keV

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    Macklin, R.L.; Young, P.G.

    1987-11-01

    The neutron capture cross section of elemental rhenium was measured to neutron energies between 3 and 1900 keV at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator time-of-flight facility. A deformed optical model was used to analyze published neutron total cross sections for rhenium and low-energy average resonance parameters for /sup 185/Re and /sup 187/Re. The optical model results were used with reaction theory to calculate radiative capture cross sections for comparison with the present experimental data.

  17. Radiation safety review for 511-keV emitters in nuclear medicine.

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    Dell, M A

    1997-03-01

    With the advent of high-energy collimators and dual-head coincidence cameras, standard nuclear medicine facilities will soon begin imaging with PET isotopes. The use of 511-keV emitters raises new radiation safety concerns for technologists traditionally limited to handling 99mTc and other low-energy isotopes. This article is a basic review of positron emitters, measurement concerns, exposure rates, shielding requirements and external radiation exposure mitigation. Newly developed PET shielding products are presented and regulatory status is discussed briefly. PMID:9239598

  18. KevJumba and the Adolescence of YouTube

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    Saul, Roger

    2010-01-01

    This article considers the significance of YouTube as a pedagogical space from which young people can play participatory roles as theorists in their own constructions as popular cultural subjects. Drawing upon the public profile of "KevJumba," a teenager who makes videos of himself on YouTube, the article suggests that representational practices…

  19. Origin of 200-keV interplanetary electrons.

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    Ramaty, R.; Cline, T. L.; Fisk, L. A.

    1972-01-01

    The suggestion by Lin et al. (1972) that a distinct spectral feature exists at about 200 keV, which could be due to a neutron-decay electron component of either solar or galactic origin, is examined. Alternative sources models, including production by nearby galactic objects or acceleration at the outer boundary of the solar system, are also considered.

  20. The Hard X-ray 20-40 keV AGN Luminosity Function

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    Beckmann, V.; Soldi, S.; Shrader, C. R.; Gehrels, N.; Produit, N.

    2006-01-01

    We have compiled a complete, significance limited extragalactic sample based on approximately 25,000 deg(sup 2) to a limiting flux of 3 x 10(exp -11) ergs per square centimeter per second. (approximately 7,000 deg(sup 2)) to a flux limit of 10(exp -11) ergs per square centimeter per second)) in the 20 - 40 keV band with INTEGRAL. We have constructed a detailed exposure map to compensate for effects of non-uniform exposure. The flux-number relation is best described by a power-law with a slope of alpha = 1.66 plus or minus 0.11. The integration of the cumulative flux per unit area leads to f(sub 20-40 keV) = 2.6 x 10(exp -10) ergs per square centimeter per second per sr(sup -1) which is about 1% of the known 20-40 keV X-ray background. We present the first luminosity function of AGN in the 20-40 keV energy range, based on 68 extragalactic objects detected by the imager IBIS/ISGRI on-board INTEGRAL. The luminosity function shows a smoothly connected two power-law form, with an index of gamma (sub 1) = 0.9 below, and gamma (sub 2) = 2.2 above the turn-over luminosity of L(sub *), = 4.6 x 10(sup 43) ergs per second. The emissivity of all INTEGRAL AGNs per unit volume is W(sub 20-40keV)(greater than 10(sup 41) ergs per second) = 2.8 x 10(sup 38) ergs per second h(sup 3)(sub 70) Mpc(sup -3). These results are consistent with those derived in the 2-20keV energy band and do not show a significant contribution by Compton-thick objects. Because the sample used in this study is truly local (z(raised bar) = 0.022)), only limited conclusions can be drawn for the evolution of AGNs in this energy band. But the objects explaining the peak in the cosmic X-ray background are likely to be either low luminosity AGN (L(sub x) less than 10(sup 41) ergs per second) or of other type, such as intermediate mass black holes, clusters, and star forming regions.

  1. Population of the 283 keV level of 137Ba by the β decay of 137Cs

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    Bikit, I.; Aničin, I.; Slivka, J.; Krmar, M.; Puzović, J.; Čonkić, Lj.

    1996-12-01

    The gamma spectrum of 137Cs was measured by means of a low-level shielded and Compton-suppressed HpGe spectrometer. The gamma line with the energy 283.4 keV and absolute intensity of 5.3(14)×10-6 was found. It was concluded that the 283.4 keV intermediate level in 137Ba [seen earlier in (n,n'γ) measurements] is populated in the β decay of 137Cs with the comparative half-life of log ft=15.3(3).

  2. A study of 2-20 KeV X-rays from the Cygnus region

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    Bleach, R. D.

    1972-01-01

    Two rocket-borne proportional counters, each with 650 sq c, met area and 1.8 x 7.1 deg FWHM rectangular mechanical collimation, surveyed the Cygnus region in the 2 to 20 keV energy range on two occasions. X-ray spectral data gathered on 21 September 1970 from discrete sources in Cygnus are presented. The data from Cyg X-1, Cyg X-2, and Cyg X-3 have sufficient statistical significance to indicate mutually exclusive spectral forms for the three. Upper limits are presented for X-ray intensities above 2 keV for Cyg X-4 and Cyg X-5 (Cygnus loop). A search was made on 9 August 1971 for a diffuse component of X-rays 1.5 keV associated with an interarm region of the galaxy at galactic longitudes in the vicinity of 60 degrees. A statistically significant excess associated with a narrow disk component was detected. Several possible emission models are discussed, with the most likely candidate being a population of unresolvable low luminosity discrete sources.

  3. Effective field theory and keV lines from dark matter

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    Krall, Rebecca; Reece, Matthew; Roxlo, Thomas E-mail: mreece@physics.harvard.edu

    2014-09-01

    We survey operators that can lead to a keV photon line from dark matter decay or annihilation. We are motivated in part by recent claims of an unexplained 3.5 keV line in galaxy clusters and in Andromeda, but our results could apply to any hypothetical line observed in this energy range. We find that given the amount of flux that is observable, explanations in terms of decay are more plausible than annihilation, at least if the annihilation is directly to Standard Model states rather than intermediate particles. The decay case can be explained by a scalar or pseudoscalar field coupling to photons suppressed by a scale not far below the reduced Planck mass, which can be taken as a tantalizing hint of high-scale physics. The scalar case is particularly interesting from the effective field theory viewpoint, and we discuss it at some length. Because of a quartically divergent mass correction, naturalness strongly suggests the theory should be cut off at or below the 1000 TeV scale. The most plausible such natural UV completion would involve supersymmetry. These bottom-up arguments reproduce expectations from top-down considerations of the physics of moduli. A keV line could also arise from the decay of a sterile neutrino, in which case a renormalizable UV completion exists and no direct inference about high-scale physics is possible.

  4. Possible capture of keV sterile neutrino dark matter on radioactive β-decaying nuclei

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    Li, Y. F.; Xing, Zhi-Zhong

    2011-01-01

    There exists an observed “desert” spanning six orders of magnitude between O(0.5) eV and O(0.5) MeV in the fermion mass spectrum. We argue that it might accommodate one or more keV sterile neutrinos as a natural candidate for warm dark matter. To illustrate this point of view, we simply assume that there is one keV sterile neutrino ν and its flavor eigenstate ν weakly mixes with three active neutrinos. We clarify different active-sterile neutrino mixing factors for the radiative decay of ν and β decays in a self-consistent parametrization. A direct detection of this keV sterile neutrino dark matter in the laboratory is in principle possible since the ν component of ν can leave a distinct imprint on the electron energy spectrum when it is captured on radioactive β-decaying nuclei. We carry out an analysis of its signatures in the capture reactions ν+H3→He3+e- and ν+Ru106→Rh106+e- against the β-decay backgrounds, and conclude that this experimental approach might not be hopeless in the long run.

  5. Study on the keV neutron capture reaction in 56Fe and 57Fe

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    Wang, Taofeng; Lee, Manwoo; Kim, Guinyun; Ro, Tae-Ik; Kang, Yeong-Rok; Igashira, Masayuki; Katabuchi, Tatsuya

    2014-03-01

    The neutron capture cross-sections and the radiative capture gamma-ray spectra from the broad resonances of 56Fe and 57Fe in the neutron energy range from 10 to 90keV and 550keV have been measured with an anti-Compton NaI(Tl) detector. Pulsed keV neutrons were produced from the 7Li 7Be reaction by bombarding the lithium target with the 1.5ns bunched proton beam from the 3MV Pelletron accelerator. The incident neutron spectrum on a capture sample was measured by means of a time-of-flight (TOF) method with a 6Li -glass detector. The number of weighted capture counts of the iron or gold sample was obtained by applying a pulse height weighting technique to the corresponding capture gamma-ray pulse height spectrum. The neutron capture gamma-ray spectra were obtained by unfolding the observed capture gamma-ray pulse height spectra. To achieve further understanding on the mechanism of neutron radiative capture reaction and study on physics models, theoretical calculations of the -ray spectra for 56Fe and 57Fe with the POD program have been performed by applying the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model. The dominant ingredients to perform the statistical calculation were the Optical Model Potential (OMP), the level densities described by the Mengoni-Nakajima approach, and the -ray transmission coefficients described by -ray strength functions. The comparison of the theoretical calculations, performed only for the 550keV point, show a good agreement with the present experimental results.

  6. Demonstration of a 13-keV Kr K-shell x-ray source at the National Ignition Facility.

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    Fournier, K B; May, M J; Colvin, J D; Barrios, M A; Patterson, J R; Regan, S P

    2013-09-01

    We report 3% conversion efficiency of laser energy into Kr K-shell (≈13 keV) radiation, consistent with theoretical predictions. This is ≈10× greater than previous work. The emission was produced from a 4.1-mm-diameter, 4-mm-tall gas pipe target filled with 1.2 or 1.5 atm of Kr gas. 160 of the National Ignition Facility laser beams deposited ≈700 kJ of 3ω light into the target in an ≈140 TW, 5.0-ns-duration square pulse. The Dante diagnostics measured ≈5 TW into 4π solid angle of ≥12 keV x rays for ≈4 ns, which includes both continuum emission and flux in the Kr He_{α} line at 13 keV. PMID:24125368

  7. Measurement of the Ec.m. = 184 keV resonance strength in the 26gAl (p, gamma)27 Si reaction.

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    Ruiz, C; Parikh, A; José, J; Buchmann, L; Caggiano, J A; Chen, A A; Clark, J A; Crawford, H; Davids, B; D'Auria, J M; Davis, C; Deibel, C; Erikson, L; Fogarty, L; Frekers, D; Greife, U; Hussein, A; Hutcheon, D A; Huyse, M; Jewett, C; Laird, A M; Lewis, R; Mumby-Croft, P; Olin, A; Ottewell, D F; Ouellet, C V; Parker, P; Pearson, J; Ruprecht, G; Trinczek, M; Vockenhuber, C; Wrede, C

    2006-06-30

    The strength of the Ec.m. = 184 keV resonance in the 26gAl(p, gamma)27 reaction has been measured in inverse kinematics using the DRAGON recoil separator at TRIUMF's ISAC facility. We measure a value of omega gamma = 35 +/- 7 microeV and a resonance energy of Ec.m. = 184 +/- 1 keV, consistent with p-wave proton capture into the 7652(3) keV state in 27Si, and discuss the implications of these values for 26GAl nucleosynthesis in typical oxygen-neon white-dwarf novae. PMID:16907298

  8. Effect of 800 keV argon ions pre-damage on the helium blister formation of tungsten exposed to 60 keV helium ions

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    Chen, Zhe; Han, Wenjia; Yu, Jiangang; Zhu, Kaigui

    2016-04-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of Ar8+ ions pre-damage on the following He2+ irradiation behavior of polycrystalline tungsten. We compared the irradiation resistance performance against 60 keV He2+ ions of undamaged tungsten samples with that of pre-damaged samples which were preliminarily exposed to 800 keV Ar8+ ions at a fluence of 4 × 1019 ions m-2. The experimental results indicate that the helium blistering of tungsten could be effectively relieved by the Ar8+ ions pre-damage, while the retention of helium around low energy desorption sites in the pre-damaged tungsten was larger than that of the undamaged samples. A strong orientation dependence of blistering had been observed, with the blister occurred preferentially on the surface of grains with normal direction close to <111>. The Ar8+ ions irradiation-induced damage altered the morphology of helium bubbles in tungsten exposed to the following He2+ irradiation significantly. The intensity of helium release peaks at relatively low temperatures (<600 K) was enhanced due to Ar8+ ions pre-damage.

  9. Baryon Budget in 2keV Galaxy Groups

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    Hornstrup, A.; Vikhlinin, A.; Burenin, R.; Ebeling, H.; Kotov, O.; Pedersen, K.; Quintana, H.; Rasmussen, J.

    We present gas-, total- and galaxy mass profiles from a 2 keV group of galaxies as part of measurements of these quantities from a small series of lowmass clusters and groups, drawn from a new 400 deg2 X-ray serendipitous survey of Clusters of Galaxies. The aim is to establish robust determinations of the baryon contents in these low-mass systems, and to determine if there is a baryon deficit compared to CMB observations.

  10. Proximity functions for electrons up to 10 keV

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    Chmelevsky, D.; Kellerer, A.M.; Terrissol, M.; Patau, J.P.

    1980-11-01

    Proximity functions for electrons up to 10 keV in water are computed from simulated particle tracks. Numerical results are given for the differential functions t(x) and the integral functions T(x). Basic characteristics of these functions and their connections to other microdosimetric quantities are considered. As an example of the applicability of the proximity functions, the quantity y/sub D/ for spheres is derived from t(x).

  11. Neutron transmission and capture measurements and analysis of /sup 60/Ni from 1 to 450 keV

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    Perey, C.M.; Harvey, J.A.; Macklin, R.L.; Winters, R.R.; Perey, F.G.

    1982-11-01

    High-resolution transmission and capture measurements of /sup 60/Ni-enriched targets have been made at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) from a few eV to 1800 keV in transmission and from 2.5 keV to 5 MeV in capture . The transmission data from 1 to 450 keV were analyzed with a multi-level R-matrix code which uses the Bayes' theorem for the fitting process. This code provides the energies and neutron widths of the resonances inside the 1- to 450-keV region as well as a possible parameterization for outside resonances to describe the smooth cross section in this region. The capture data were analyzed with a least-squares fitting code using the Breit-Wigner formula. From 2.5 to 450 keV, 166 resonances were seen in both sets of data. Correspondence between the energy scales shows a discontinuity around 300 keV which makes the matching of resonances at higher energies difficult. Eighty-nine resonances were seen in the capture data only. Average parameters for the 30 observed s-wave resonances were deduced. The average level spacing D/sub 0/ was found to be equal to 15.2 +- 1.5 keV, the strength function, S/sub 0/, equal to (2.2 +- 0.6) x 10/sup -4/ and the average radiation width, GAMMA/sub ..gamma../, equal to 1.30 +- 0.07 eV. The staircase plot of the reduced level widths and the plot of the Lorentz-weighted strength function averaged over various energy intervals show possible evidence for doorway states. The level densities calculated with the Fermi-gas model for l = 0 and for l > 0 resonances were compared with the cumulative number of observed resonances, but the analysis is not conclusive. The average capture cross section as a function of the neutron incident energy is compared to the tail of the giant electric dipole resonance prediction.

  12. Cusp electron production in 75--300 keV He{sup +} + Ar collisions

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    Plano, V.L.; Sarkadi, L.; Zavodszky, P.; Berenyi, D.; Palinkas, J.; Gulyas, L.; Takacs, E.; Toth, L.; Tanis, J.A.

    1992-12-31

    Cusp-electron production has been investigated in collisions of 75--300 keV He{sup +} with Ar. The relative contributions from electron capture to the continuum (ECC), transfer ionization (TI), and electron loss to the continuum (ELC) to the total cusp electron production were measured. Over the energy range investigated, ECC was found to decrease from about 86% to 80%, TI decreased from about 12% to 1%, and ELC increased from about 2% to 20%. The present results are consistent with earlier work for He{sup +} and O{sup q+} projectiles.

  13. Cusp electron production in 75--300 keV He[sup +] + Ar collisions

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    Plano, V.L. ); Sarkadi, L.; Zavodszky, P.; Berenyi, D.; Palinkas, J.; Gulyas, L.; Takacs, E.; Toth, L. ); Tanis, J.A. )

    1993-06-05

    Cusp-electron production has been investigated in collisions of 75--300 keV He[sup +] with Ar. The relative contributions from electron capture to the continuum (ECC), transfer ionization (TI), and electron loss to the continuum (ELC) to the total cusp-electron production were measured. Over the energy range investigated, ECC was found to decrease from about 86% to 80%, TI decreased from about 12% to 1%, and ELC increased from about 2% to 20%. The present results are consistent with earlier work for He[sup +] and O[sup q+] projectiles.

  14. Zeptosecond high harmonic keV x-ray waveforms driven by midinfrared laser pulses.

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    Hernández-García, C; Pérez-Hernández, J A; Popmintchev, T; Murnane, M M; Kapteyn, H C; Jaron-Becker, A; Becker, A; Plaja, L

    2013-07-19

    We demonstrate theoretically that the temporal structure of high harmonic x-ray pulses generated with midinfrared lasers differs substantially from those generated with near-infrared pulses, especially at high photon energies. In particular, we show that, although the total width of the x-ray bursts spans femtosecond time scales, the pulse exhibits a zeptosecond structure due to the interference of high harmonic emission from multiple reencounters of the electron wave packet with the ion. Properly filtered and without any compensation of the chirp, regular subattosecond keV waveforms can be produced. PMID:23909315

  15. The effect of 1 to 5 keV electrons on the reproductive integrity of microorganisms

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    Barengoltz, J. B.; Brady, J.

    1977-01-01

    Microorganisms were exposed to simulated space environment in order to assess the effect of electrons in the energy range 1 to 5 keV on their colony-forming ability. The test system consisted of an electron gun and power supply, a dosimetry subsystem, and a vacuum subsystem. The system was capable of current densities ranging from 0.1 nA/sq cm to 5 micro A/sq cm on a 25 sq on target and an ultimate vacuum of 0.0006 N/sq m (0.000004 torr). The results of the experimental program show a significant reduction in microbial reproductive integrity.

  16. Sublinear effect in light emission from cesium iodide bombarded by keV polyatomic projectiles

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    Baudin, K.; Parilis, E. S.; Blankenship, J. F.; Van Stipdonk, M. J.; Schweikert, E. A.

    1998-02-01

    Our experiments examined light emission from a CsI target bombarded with polyatomic projectiles [H n+, (NaF) nNa +, with n=1,2; Na +, Cs 2I +, Cs +] at 5-30 keV impact energies. The light emission increases with primary ion velocity as ( V - Vth) α, where Vth is a velocity threshold. The number of photons emitted under one cluster impact increases with the number of atoms in the projectile, displaying a sublinear effect, similar to that reported elsewhere for electron emission. The model of sweeping out electrons has been applied to explain and calculate the observed effect.

  17. Relative thermoluminescent response of LiF-TLD to 4 keV X-rays

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    Horowitz, Y. S.; Kalef-Ezra, J.

    The relative thermoluminescent response of 4 keV X-rays to 60Co gamma rays has been found to be 1.03 ± 0.05 for LiF-TLD (Harshaw) in our possession. The result stengthens the contention that the relative TL response of LiF-TLD can be essentially independent of energy. Further experiments are necessary to determine the material or experimental parameters which may lead to relative TL response significantly different from unity as previously reported in some experimental investigations.

  18. Ionization and Fragmentation of 5-Chlorouracil induced by 100 keV protons collisions

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    Cafarelli, Pierre; Champeaux, Jean-Philippe; Le Padellec, Arnaud; Moretto-Capelle, Patrick; Rabier, Julien; Sence, Martine; Carcabal, Pierre

    2008-12-08

    We present preliminary experimental results on the dissociation of singly and doubly ionized 5-Chlorouracil induced by collisions with proton of 100 keV energy. Multiple coincidence techniques are used to detect the ionic fragments from single dissociation events. This enables a thorough analysis of kinetic momentums of the charged and neutral species involved in the dissociation. In many cases, this leads to the establishment of the scenario the molecule undergoes after ionization as well as the determination of the nature of intermediate (undetected) species. In other cases, the dissociation scenario cannot be unambiguously identified and further analysis as well as theoretical support is needed.

  19. The average 0.5-200 keV spectrum of local active galactic nuclei and a new determination of the 2-10 keV luminosity function at z ≈ 0

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    Ballantyne, D. R.

    2014-01-01

    The broad-band X-ray spectra of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) contains information about the nuclear environment from Schwarzschild radii scales (where the primary power law is generated in a corona) to distances of ˜1 pc (where the distant reflector may be located). In addition, the average shape of the X-ray spectrum is an important input into X-ray background synthesis models. Here, local (z ≈ 0) AGN luminosity functions (LFs) in five energy bands are used as a low-resolution, luminosity-dependent X-ray spectrometer in order to constrain the average AGN X-ray spectrum between 0.5 and 200 keV. The 15-55 keV LF measured by Swift-BAT is assumed to be the best determination of the local LF, and then a spectral model is varied to determine the best fit to the 0.5-2 keV, 2-10 keV, 3-20 keV and 14-195 keV LFs. The spectral model consists of a Gaussian distribution of power laws with a mean photon-index <Γ> and cutoff energy Ecut, as well as contributions from distant and disc reflection. The reflection strength is parametrized by varying the Fe abundance relative to solar, AFe, and requiring a specific Fe Kα equivalent width (EW). In this way, the presence of the X-ray Baldwin effect can be tested. The spectral model that best fits the four LFs has <Γ> = 1.85 ± 0.15, E_{cut}=270^{+170}_{-80} keV, A_{Fe}=0.3^{+0.3}_{-0.15}. The sub-solar AFe is unlikely to be a true measure of the gas-phase metallicity, but indicates the presence of strong reflection given the assumed Fe Kα EW. Indeed, parametrizing the reflection strength with the R parameter gives R=1.7^{+1.7}_{-0.85}. There is moderate evidence for no X-ray Baldwin effect. Accretion disc reflection is included in the best-fitting model, but it is relatively weak (broad iron Kα EW < 100 eV) and does not significantly affect any of the conclusions. A critical result of our procedure is that the shape of the local 2-10 keV LF measured by HEAO-1 and MAXI is incompatible with the LFs measured in the hard X-rays by Swift-BAT and RXTE. We therefore present a new determination of the local 2-10 keV LF that is consistent with all other energy bands, as well as the de-evolved 2-10 keV LF estimated from the XMM-Newton Hard Bright Survey. This new LF should be used to revise current measurements of the evolving AGN LF in the 2-10 keV band. Finally, the suggested absence of the X-ray Baldwin effect points to a possible origin for the distant reflector in dusty gas not associated with the AGN obscuring medium. This may be the same material that produces the compact 12 μm source in local AGNs.

  20. Metastable dark matter mechanisms for INTEGRAL 511 keV {gamma} rays and DAMA/CoGeNT events

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    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R.; Chen, Fang

    2011-04-15

    We explore dark matter mechanisms that can simultaneously explain the galactic 511 keV gamma rays observed by INTEGRAL/SPI, the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation, and the excess of low-recoil dark matter candidates observed by CoGeNT. It requires three nearly degenerate states of dark matter in the 4-7 GeV mass range, with splittings, respectively, of order MeV and a few keV. The top two states have the small mass gap and transitions between them, either exothermic or endothermic, and can account for direct detections. Decays from one of the top states to the ground state produce low-energy positrons in the Galaxy whose associated 511 keV gamma rays are seen by INTEGRAL. This decay can happen spontaneously, if the excited state is metastable (longer lived than the age of the Universe), or it can be triggered by inelastic scattering of the metastable states into the shorter-lived ones. We focus on a simple model where the dark matter is a triplet of an SU(2) hidden sector gauge symmetry, broken at the scale of a few GeV, giving masses of order < or approx. 1 GeV to the dark gauge bosons, which mix kinetically with the standard model hypercharge. The purely decaying scenario can give the observed angular dependence of the 511 keV signal with no positron diffusion, while the inelastic scattering mechanism requires transport of the positrons over distances {approx}1 kpc before annihilating. We note that an x-ray line of several keV in energy, due to single-photon decays involving the top dark matter states, could provide an additional component to the diffuse x-ray background. The model is testable by proposed low-energy fixed-target experiments.

  1. Cassini ENA (E > 5 keV) Heliosphere Belt and overlapping in-situ Voyager measurements: Pressure and ISMF implications

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    Krimigis, S. M.; Mitchell, D. G.; Roelof, E. C.; Decker, R. B.

    2010-12-01

    Maps of energetic neutral atoms (ENA) of the heliosphere from Cassini (Krimigis et al, 2009) have been constructed spanning the energy range ~ 5 ? E ? 55 keV, and show a Belt in the sky of ~ 100 FWHM. ENA maps < 6 keV have been obtained by the IBEX mission (McComas et al, 2009) and show a Ribbon that is narrower than the Belt and inclined to it in both ecliptic latitude (~25) and longitude (~30). The overlap in energy between Voyager ions (Decker et al, 2009) and Cassini ENA intensities (averaged over the ENA line of sight) enables us to deduce ion fluxes in the heliosheath, thus providing a continuous spectrum 5 ? E ? 4000 keV. The Cassini ENAs provide a smooth transition spectrum between the accelerated pickup ions (PUI) and the well-established Voyager LECP j?E-1.5 tail at E > 28 keV, and lead to a thickness of the heliosheath of ~ 50 AU. These measurements are then used to estimate the local partial pressure over this energy range (~ 0.1 pPa), suggesting ? > 25 locally. Using a simulated PUI distribution (Giacalone and Decker, 2010) we estimate the E < 6 keV contribution to the pressure to be ~ 0.12 pPa. Assuming constant total pressure throughout the heliosheath, the balance of the non-thermal pickup ion (PUI) pressure against the stagnation pressure of the interstellar plasma and the hydrostatic pressure of the local interstellar magnetic field (ISMF) at the nose of the heliopause implies an upper bound on the ISMF of ~ 0.64 nT. Implications on the shape of the heliosphere are discussed.

  2. Metastable dark matter mechanisms for INTEGRAL 511 keV γ rays and DAMA/CoGeNT events

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    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R.; Chen, Fang

    2011-04-01

    We explore dark matter mechanisms that can simultaneously explain the galactic 511 keV gamma rays observed by INTEGRAL/SPI, the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation, and the excess of low-recoil dark matter candidates observed by CoGeNT. It requires three nearly degenerate states of dark matter in the 4-7 GeV mass range, with splittings, respectively, of order MeV and a few keV. The top two states have the small mass gap and transitions between them, either exothermic or endothermic, and can account for direct detections. Decays from one of the top states to the ground state produce low-energy positrons in the Galaxy whose associated 511 keV gamma rays are seen by INTEGRAL. This decay can happen spontaneously, if the excited state is metastable (longer lived than the age of the Universe), or it can be triggered by inelastic scattering of the metastable states into the shorter-lived ones. We focus on a simple model where the dark matter is a triplet of an SU(2) hidden sector gauge symmetry, broken at the scale of a few GeV, giving masses of order ≲1GeV to the dark gauge bosons, which mix kinetically with the standard model hypercharge. The purely decaying scenario can give the observed angular dependence of the 511 keV signal with no positron diffusion, while the inelastic scattering mechanism requires transport of the positrons over distances ˜1kpc before annihilating. We note that an x-ray line of several keV in energy, due to single-photon decays involving the top dark matter states, could provide an additional component to the diffuse x-ray background. The model is testable by proposed low-energy fixed-target experiments.

  3. Differential Cross Sections for Ionization of Argon by 1 keV Positron and Electron Impact

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    Gavin, J.; DuBois, R. D.; de Lucio, O. G.

    2014-04-01

    Differential information was generated by establishing coincidences and imposing conditions on data recorded for target ions, scattered projectiles, and ejected electrons, as a function of projectile energy loss and scattering angles; in order to describe the interaction between a positron (electron) 1 keV beam and a simple Ar jet. Single ionization triply differential cross section (TDCS) results exhibit two distinct regions (lobes) for which binary (events arising from 2-body interaction) and recoil (events which can only be produced by many-body interactions) interactions are associated. Results indicate that binary events are significantly larger for positron impact, in accordance with theoretical predictions. A similar feature is found for different energy losses and scattering angles. Intensity of the recoil lobe for both projectiles, positron and electron, is observed to depend on the energy loss and scattering angle. Also, it can be noticed that for positron impact the recoil interactions intensity is larger than that observed for electron impact.

  4. A radio frequency helical deflector for keV electrons

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    Gevorgian, L.; Ajvazyan, R.; Kakoyan, V.; Margaryan, A.; Annand, J. R. M.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes a helical deflector to perform circular sweeps of keV electrons by means of radio frequency fields in a frequency range of 500-1000 MHz. By converting the time dependence of incident electrons to a hit position dependence on a circle, this device can potentially achieve extremely precise timing. The system can be adjusted to the velocity of the electrons to exclude the reduction of deflection sensitivity due to finite transit time effects. The deflection electrodes form a resonant circuit, with quality factor Q in excess of 100, and at resonance the sensitivity of the deflection system is around 1 mm per V of applied RF input.

  5. Astrophysics and cosmology confront the 17 keV neutrino

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    Kolb, Edward W.; Turner, Michael S.

    1991-01-01

    A host of astrophysical and cosmological arguments severely constrain the properties of a 17 keV Dirac neutrino. Such a neutrino must have interactions beyond those of the standard electroweak theory to reduce its cosmic abundance (through decay or annihilation) by a factor of two hundred. A predicament arises because the additional helicity states of the neutrino necessary to construct a Dirac mass must have interactions strong enough to evade the astrophysical bound from SN 1987A, but weak enough to avoid violating the bound from primordial nucleosynthesis.

  6. Relic keV Sterile Neutrinos and Reionization

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    Biermann, Peter L.; Kusenko, Alexander

    2006-03-10

    A sterile neutrino with a mass of several keV can account for cosmological dark matter, as well as explain the observed velocities of pulsars. We show that x rays produced by the decays of these relic sterile neutrinos can boost the production of molecular hydrogen, which can speed up the cooling of gas and the early star formation, which can, in turn, lead to a reionization of the Universe at a high enough redshift to be consistent with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe results.

  7. Astrophysics and cosmology confront the 17-keV neutrino

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    Kolb, Edward W.; Turner, Michael S.

    1991-01-01

    A host of astrophysical and cosmological arguments severely constrain the properties of a 17 keV Dirac neutrino. Such a neutrino must have interactions beyond those of the standard electroweak theory to reduce its cosmic abundance (through decay or annihilation) by a factor of two hundred. A predicament arises because the additional helicity states of the neutrino necessary to construct a Dirac mass must have interactions strong enough to evade the astrophysical bound from SN 1987A, but weak enough to avoid violating the bound from primordial nucleosynthesis.

  8. Relic keV sterile neutrinos and reionization.

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    Biermann, Peter L; Kusenko, Alexander

    2006-03-10

    A sterile neutrino with a mass of several keV can account for cosmological dark matter, as well as explain the observed velocities of pulsars. We show that x rays produced by the decays of these relic sterile neutrinos can boost the production of molecular hydrogen, which can speed up the cooling of gas and the early star formation, which can, in turn, lead to a reionization of the Universe at a high enough redshift to be consistent with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe results. PMID:16606252

  9. Status report on a dc 130-mA, 75-keV proton injector

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    Sherman, J.; Arvin, A.; Hodgkins, D.

    1997-10-01

    A 110-mA, 75-keV dc proton injector is being developed at Los Alamos. We use a microwave proton source coupled to a two solenoid, space-charge neutralized, low-energy beam transport (LEBT) system. The ion source produces 110-mA proton current at 75 keV using 600 - 800 W of 2.45 GHz input discharge power. Typical proton fraction is 85-90% of the total extracted ion current, and the rms normalized beam emittance after transport through a prototype 2.1 m LEBT is 0.20 ({pi}mm-mrad). Beam space-charge neutralization is measured to be > 98% which enables the solenoid magnetic transport to successfully match the injector beam into a radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ). Beam simulations indicate small emittance growth in the proposed 2.8 m low-energy demonstration accelerator (LEDA) LEBT. The LEBT also contains beam diagnostics, steering, and a beam deflector for variable duty factor and accelerator fast protect functions. The injector computer controls and reliability status are also discussed.

  10. Measurement of the neutron capture cross section of the s-only isotope {sup 204}Pb from 1 eV to 440 keV

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    Domingo-Pardo, C.; Abbondanno, U.; Fujii, K.; Milazzo, P. M.; Moreau, C.; Aerts, G.; Andriamonje, S.; Berthoumieux, E.; Dridi, W.; Gunsing, F.; Pancin, J.; Perrot, L.; Plukis, A.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Embid-Segura, M.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.

    2007-01-15

    The neutron capture cross section of {sup 204}Pb has been measured at the CERN n{sub T}OF installation with high resolution in the energy range from 1 eV to 440 keV. An R-matrix analysis of the resolved resonance region, between 1 eV and 100 keV, was carried out using the SAMMY code. In the interval between 100 keV and 440 keV we report the average capture cross section. The background in the entire neutron energy range was reliably determined from the measurement of a {sup 208}Pb sample. Other systematic effects in this measurement were investigated and precisely corrected by means of detailed Monte Carlo simulations. We obtain a Maxwellian average capture cross section for {sup 204}Pb at kT=30 keV of 79(3) mb, in agreement with previous experiments. However our cross section at kT=5 keV is about 35% larger than the values reported so far. The implications of the new cross section for the s-process abundance contributions in the Pb/Bi region are discussed.

  11. a Study of Sputtering from Thin Films with 175 -190 KEV Argon Ions.

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    de Vincenz, Andre Michael

    1987-09-01

    Titanium, copper and gold thin films, of various thicknesses, on aluminum backing, have been bombarded with 175 keV and 186 keV Ar^+ ions, and the respective sputtering yields have been determined. The energetic ions were produced in a 400 keV Van de Graaff accelerator, and uniform ion irradiation of the samples was obtained by sweeping the ion beam across the target. The technique used to determine the "effective" ion dose responsible for film sputtering was based on the integration of the function representing the intensity of the ion-induced optical emission from substrate normalized twice: with respect to the beam current intensity and with respect to its own final value after the complete erosion of the film. The amount of film material removed by sputtering was determined by in-situ proton PIXE. In the thick-target limit, the values obtained for the sputter yield in all cases agree with published data and theoretical predictions. For films thinner than one full ion-range, the sputtering yield is a function of film thickness. In addition, it was possible to determine the partial sputter yield for Ti implanted in Al substrate. Also, the ion-induced K X-ray lines from Ti and Cu targets, and the M group of lines from Au have been observed. These lines, when compared with those produced by proton bombardment, are broader, have significantly smaller production cross section and their energies are shifted toward higher values. No Ar_+ ion-induced L X-ray lines from Au have been observed.

  12. keV photon emission from light nonthermal dark matter

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    Allahverdi, Rouzbeh; Dutta, Bhaskar; Gao, Yu

    2014-06-01

    We propose a possible explanation for the recent claim of an excess at 3.5 keV in the x-ray spectrum within a minimal extension of the standard model that explains dark matter and baryon abundance of the Universe. The dark matter mass in this model is O(GeV) and its relic density has a nonthermal origin. The model includes two colored scalars of O(TeV) mass (X1,2), and two singlet fermions that are almost degenerate in mass with the proton (N1,2). The heavier fermion N2 undergoes radiative decay to the lighter one N1 that is absolutely stable. Radiative decay with a lifetime ˜1023 seconds can account for the claimed 3.5 keV line, which requires couplings ˜10-3-10-1 between X1,2, N1,2 and the up-type quarks. The model also gives rise to potentially detectable monojet, dijet, and monotop signals at the LHC.

  13. 3.55 keV photon lines from axion to photon conversion in the Milky Way and M31

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    Conlon, Joseph P.; Day, Francesca V.

    2014-11-01

    We further explore a scenario in which the recently observed 3.55 keV photon line arises from dark matter decay to an axion-like particle (ALP) of energy 3.55 keV, which then converts to a photon in astrophysical magnetic fields. This ALP scenario is well-motivated by the observed morphology of the 3.55 keV flux. For this scenario we study the expected flux from dark matter decay in the galactic halos of both the Milky Way and Andromeda (M31). The Milky Way magnetic field is asymmetric about the galactic centre, and so the resulting 3.55 keV flux morphology differs significantly from the case of direct dark matter decay to photons. However the Milky Way magnetic field is not large enough to generate an observable signal, even with ASTRO-H. In contrast, M31 has optimal conditions for a ? ? conversion and the intrinsic signal from M31 becomes two orders of magnitude larger than for the Milky Way, comparable to that from clusters and consistent with observations.

  14. 3.55 keV photon lines from axion to photon conversion in the Milky Way and M31

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    Conlon, Joseph P.; Day, Francesca V. E-mail: francesca.day@physics.ox.ac.uk

    2014-11-01

    We further explore a scenario in which the recently observed 3.55 keV photon line arises from dark matter decay to an axion-like particle (ALP) of energy 3.55 keV, which then converts to a photon in astrophysical magnetic fields. This ALP scenario is well-motivated by the observed morphology of the 3.55 keV flux. For this scenario we study the expected flux from dark matter decay in the galactic halos of both the Milky Way and Andromeda (M31). The Milky Way magnetic field is asymmetric about the galactic centre, and so the resulting 3.55 keV flux morphology differs significantly from the case of direct dark matter decay to photons. However the Milky Way magnetic field is not large enough to generate an observable signal, even with ASTRO-H. In contrast, M31 has optimal conditions for a → γ conversion and the intrinsic signal from M31 becomes two orders of magnitude larger than for the Milky Way, comparable to that from clusters and consistent with observations.

  15. Hard x-ray broad band Laue lenses (80-600 keV): building methods and performances

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    Virgilli, E.; Frontera, F.; Rosati, P.; Liccardo, V.; Squerzanti, S.; Carassiti, V.; Caroli, E.; Auricchio, N.; Stephen, J. B.

    2015-09-01

    We present the status of the LAUE project devoted to develop a technology for building a 20 meter long focal length Laue lens for hard X-/soft gamma-ray astronomy (80-600 keV). The Laue lens is composed of bent crystals of Gallium Arsenide (GaAs, 220) and Germanium (Ge, 111), and, for the first time, the focusing property of bent crystals has been exploited for this field of applications. We show the preliminary results concerning the adhesive employed to fix the crystal tiles over the lens support, the positioning accuracy obtained and possible further improvements. The Laue lens petal that will be completed in a few months has a pass band of 80-300 keV and is a fraction of an entire Laue lens capable of focusing x-rays up to 600 keV, possibly extendable down to ~20-30 keV with suitable low absorption crystal materials and focal length. The final goal is to develop a focusing optics that can improve the sensitivity over current telescopes in this energy band by 2 orders of magnitude.

  16. A New Observation of the Quiet Sun Soft X-ray (0.5-5 keV) Spectrum

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    Caspi, A.; Woods, T. N.; Stone, J.

    2012-12-01

    The solar corona is the brightest source of X-rays in the solar system, and the X-ray emission is highly variable with solar activity. While this is particularly true during solar flares, when emission can be enhanced by many orders of magnitude up to gamma-ray energies, even the so-called "quiet Sun" is bright in soft X-rays (SXRs), as the ~1-2 MK ambient plasma of the corona emits significant thermal bremsstrahlung up to ~5 keV. However, the actual solar SXR (0.5-5 keV) spectrum is not well known, particularly during quiet periods, as, with few exceptions, this energy range has not been systematically studied in many years. Previous observations include ultra-high-resolution but very narrow-band spectra from crystral spectrometers (e.g. Yohkoh/BCS), or integrated broadband irradiances from photometers (e.g. GOES/XRS, TIMED/XPS, etc.) that lack detailed spectral information. In recent years, broadband measurements with fair energy resolution (~0.5-0.7 keV FWHM) were made by SphinX on CORONAS-Photon and XRS on MESSENGER, although they did not extend below ~1 keV. We present observations of the quiet Sun SXR emission obtained using a new SXR spectrometer flown on the third SDO/EVE underflight calibration rocket (NASA 36.286). The commercial off-the-shelf Amptek X123 silicon drift detector, with an 8-micron Be window and custom aperture, measured the solar SXR emission from ~0.5 to >10 keV with ~0.15 keV FWHM resolution (though, due to hardware limitations, with only ~0.12 keV binning) and 2-sec cadence over ~5 minutes on 23 June 2012. Despite the rising solar cycle, activity on 23 June 2012 was abnormally low, with no visible active regions and GOES XRS emission near 2010 levels; we measured no solar counts above ~4 keV during the observation period. We compare our X123 measurements with spectra and broadband irradiances from other instruments, including the SphinX observations during the deep solar minimum of 2009, and with upper limits of >3 keV quiet Sun emission determined from RHESSI. We discuss the possible implications for X-ray-producing physical processes in the quiescent, active-region-free corona. The X123 spectrum could potentially serve as a reference for ~0.5-4 keV quiet Sun emission, to help improve solar spectral models such as CHIANTI and XPS Level 4. Our comparisons indicate that XPS Level 4 likely requires significant revisions in the SXR range, which may have downstream implications for the Earth ionosphere models that have used XPS Level 4 as their solar input.

  17. Variable Gap Undulator for 1.5-48 Kev Free Electron Laser at Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Pellegrini, C.; Wu, J.; ,

    2011-08-17

    We study the feasibility of generating femtosecond duration Free-Electron Laser with a variable photon energy from 1.5 to 48 keV, using an electron bunch with the same characteristics of the LINAC Coherent Light Source (LCLS) bunch, and a planar undulator with additional focusing. We assume that the electron bunch energy can be changed, and the undulator has a variable gap, allowing a variable undulator parameter. It is assumed to be operated in an ultra-low charge and ultra-short pulse regime. We study the feasibility of a tunable, short pulse, X-ray FEL with photon energy from 1.5 to 48 keV, using an electron beam like the one in the LCLS and a 2:5 cm period, variable gap, planar undulator. The beam energy changes from 4.6 to 13.8 GeV, the electorn charge is kept at 10 pC, and the undulator parameter varies from 1 to 3. The undulator length needed to saturate the 48 keV FEL is about 55 m, with a peak power around 5 GW. At longer wavelength the saturation length is as short as 15 m, and the peak power around 20 GW. The results from the analytical models and the GENESIS simulations show that the system is feasible. The large wavelength range, full tunability and short, few femtosecond pulses, together with the large peak power, would provide a powerful research tool.

  18. Decaying vector dark matter as an explanation for the 3.5 keV line from galaxy clusters

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    Farzan, Yasaman; Akbarieh, Amin Rezaei E-mail: am_rezaei@physics.sharif.ir

    2014-11-01

    We present a Vector Dark Matter (VDM) model that explains the 3.5 keV line recently observed in the XMM-Newton observatory data from galaxy clusters. In this model, dark matter is composed of two vector bosons, V and V', which couple to the photon through an effective generalized Chern-Simons coupling, g{sub V}. V' is slightly heavier than V with a mass splitting m{sub V'} – m{sub V} ≅ 3.5 keV. The decay of V' to V and a photon gives rise to the 3.5 keV line. The production of V and V' takes place in the early universe within the freeze-in framework through the effective g{sub V} coupling when m{sub V'} < T < Λ, Λ being the cut-off above which the effective g{sub V} coupling is not valid. We introduce a high energy model that gives rise to the g{sub V} coupling at low energies. To do this, V and V' are promoted to gauge bosons of spontaneously broken new U(1){sub V} and U(1){sub V'} gauge symmetries, respectively. The high energy sector includes milli-charged chiral fermions that lead to the g{sub V} coupling at low energy via triangle diagrams.

  19. Resolved resonance parameters for uranium 238 from 4 to 6 keV

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    Olsen, D.K.; Meszaros, P.S.

    1982-01-01

    Neutron widths for 145 resonances from 4 to 6 keV are reported from a least-squares shape analysis of the ORELA 150-m, 4-sample /sup 238/U transmission data. The resultant s-wave strength function from 4 to 6 keV is found to be substantially smaller than that from 0 to 4 keV.

  20. Extreme energetic electron fluxes in low Earth orbit: Analysis of POES E > 30, E > 100, and E > 300 keV electrons

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    Meredith, Nigel P.; Horne, Richard B.; Isles, John D.; Green, Janet C.

    2016-02-01

    Energetic electrons are an important space weather hazard. Electrons with energies less than about 100 keV cause surface charging, while higher-energy electrons can penetrate materials and cause internal charging. In this study we conduct an extreme value analysis of the maximum 3-hourly flux of E > 30 keV, E > 100 keV, and E > 300 keV electrons in low Earth orbit as a function of L∗, for geomagnetic field lines that map to the outer radiation belt, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) from July 1998 to June 2014. The 1 in 10 year flux of E > 30 keV electrons shows a general increasing trend with distance ranging from 1.8 × 107 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 at L∗=3.0 to 6.6 × 107 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 at L∗=8.0. The 1 in 10 year flux of E > 100 keV electrons peaks at L∗=4.5-5.0 at 1.9 × 107 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 decreasing to minima of 7.1 × 106 and 8.7 × 106 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 at L∗=3.0 and 8.0, respectively. In contrast to the E > 30 keV electrons, the 1 in 10 year flux of E > 300 keV electrons shows a general decreasing trend with distance, ranging from 2.4 × 106 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 at L∗=3.0 to 1.2 × 105 cm-2 s-1 sr-1 at L∗=8.0. Our analysis suggests that there is a limit to the E > 30 keV electrons with an upper bound in the range 5.1 × 107 to 8.8 × 107 cm-2 s-1 sr-1. However, the results suggest that there is no upper bound for the E > 100 keV and E > 300 keV electrons.

  1. Active detection of shielded SNM with 60-keV neutrons

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    Hagmann, C; Dietrich, D; Hall, J; Kerr, P; Nakae, L; Newby, R; Rowland, M; Snyderman, N; Stoeffl, W

    2008-07-08

    Fissile materials, e.g. {sup 235}U and {sup 239}Pu, can be detected non-invasively by active neutron interrogation. A unique characteristic of fissile material exposed to neutrons is the prompt emission of high-energy (fast) fission neutrons. One promising mode of operation subjects the object to a beam of medium-energy (epithermal) neutrons, generated by a proton beam impinging on a Li target. The emergence of fast secondary neutrons then clearly indicates the presence of fissile material. Our interrogation system comprises a low-dose 60-keV neutron generator (5 x 10{sup 6}/s), and a 1 m{sup 2} array of scintillators for fast neutron detection. Preliminary experimental results demonstrate the detectability of small quantities (370 g) of HEU shielded by steel (200 g/cm{sup 2}) or plywood (30 g/cm{sup 2}), with a typical measurement time of 1 min.

  2. Point Defect Cluster Formation in Iron Displacement Cascades Up to 50 keV

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    Stoller, R.E.

    1998-11-30

    The results of molecular dynamics displacement cascade simulations in iron at energies up to 50 keV and temperatures of 100, 600, and 900K are summarized, with a focus on the characterization of interstitial and vacancy clusters that are formed directly within the cascade. The fraction of the surviving point defects contained in clusters, and the size distributions of these in-cascade clusters have been determined. Although the formation of true vacancy clusters appears to be inhibited in iron, a significant degree of vacancy site correlation was observed. These well correlated arrangements of vacancies can be considered nascent clusters, and they have been observed to coalesce during longer term Monte Carlo simulations which permit short range vacancy diffusion. Extensive interstitial clustering was observed. The temperature and cascade energy dependence of the cluster size distributions are discussed in terms of their relevance to microstructural evolution and mechanical property changes in irradiated iron-based alloys.

  3. Student research with 400keV beams: {sup 13}N radioisotope production target development

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    Fru, L. Che; Clymer, J.; Compton, N.; Cotter, J.; Dam, H.; Lesko, Z.; Pautzke, J.; Prokop, C.; Swanson, L.; Roberts, A. D.

    2013-04-19

    The AN400 Van de Graaff accelerator at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Applied Nuclear Science Lab has demonstrated utility as an accessible and versatile platform for student research. Despite the limits of low energy, the research team successfully developed projects with applications to the wider radioisotope production community. A target system has been developed for producing and extracting {sup 13}N by the {sup 12}C(d,n){sup 13}N reaction below 400keV. The system is both reusable and robust, with future applications to higher energy machines producing this important radioisotope for physiological imaging studies with Positron Emission Tomography. Up to 36({+-}1)% of the {sup 13}N was extracted from the graphite matrix when 35 A current was externally applied to the graphite target while simultaneously flushing the target chamber with CO{sub 2} gas.

  4. Identification of the ~3.55 keV emission line candidate objects across the sky

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    Savchenko, D. O.; Iakubovskyi, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    An emission line at the energy ~3.55 keV detected in different galaxies and galaxy clusters has caused numerous discussions in high-energy astrophysics and particle physics communities. To reveal the origin of the line, we analyzed publicly-available observations of MOS cameras from XMM-Newton cosmic observatory - the instrument with the largest sensitivity for narrow faint X-ray lines - previously combined in X-ray sky maps. Because an extremely large timescale is needed for detailed analysis, we used the wavelet method instead. Extensive simulations of the central part of the Andromeda galaxy are used to check the validity of this method. The resulting list of wavelet detections now contains 235 sky regions. This list will be used in future works for more detailed spectral analysis.

  5. The geographical distribution of difference 100-keV electrons above the earth's atmosphere

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    Seward, F. D.

    1974-01-01

    Modern soft X-ray astronomical observations are made with large-area proportional counters that have very thin plastic windows. The counters are consequently very sensitive to low energy electrons. An electron with only a few keV of energy can penetrate a typical window, and a flux of approximately 100 electrons per square centimeter sec-ster can double the background counting rate during a typical observation. These electrons produce an undersiable effect which, is impossible to distinguish from X ray data. Consequently, an electron-free region is needed for accurate astronomical observations. Geographical regions of weak electron flux from low altitude satellite data are derived. These regions can be compared with the locations of rocket launching sites. The best sites should be those farthest from electron regions.

  6. Two-plane focusing of 30 keV undulator radiation.

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    Elleaume, P

    1998-01-01

    An imaging experiment using a two-plane focusing refractive lens made of aluminium and operated in the hard X-ray range is described. The lens is made of a series of 1 and 0.8 mm-diameter lenses drilled through a 2 mm aluminium plate. It is exposed to the white beam from an undulator with total power as high as 1.7 kW and normal-incidence power density of 100 W mm(-2). The measured r.m.s, size of the image is 0.12 x 0.06 mm at a photon energy of 30 keV. Theoretical estimates for the transmission, aperture and tolerance of alignment of such lenses are made. It is found that the aperture of the lens is dominated by photoelectric absorption (Compton scattering) in the low (high) energy range of the spectrum. Beryllium is the most promising material. PMID:16687793

  7. Construction of a 300-keV compact ion microbeam system with a three-stage acceleration lens

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    Ishii, Yasuyuki; Ohkubo, Takeru; Kojima, Takuji; Kamiya, Tomihiro

    2014-08-01

    Hydrogen ion microbeams were experimentally formed at beam energies below 150 keV using a 300-keV compact microbeam system that was constructed at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. This paper is a preliminary report on the performance of the three-stage acceleration lens used in the compact microbeam system. This system consists of a three-stage acceleration lens and a plasma-type ion source. Since the three-stage acceleration lens was designed to simultaneously accelerate and focus the ion beam, the compact microbeam system is only about 1-m high and can be placed in a small experimental room. To evaluate the effectiveness of the three-stage acceleration lens, experimentally measured beam sizes are compared with theoretically calculated ones. The calculated and measured beam sizes were consistent within 10%. This shows that the three-stage acceleration lens is effective as a focusing lens for forming microbeams.

  8. Deep XMM observations of Draco rule out at the 99 per cent confidence level a dark matter decay origin for the 3.5 keV line

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    Jeltema, Tesla; Profumo, Stefano

    2016-06-01

    We searched for an X-ray line at energies around 3.5 keV in deep, ˜1.6 Ms XMM-Newton observations of the dwarf spheroidal galaxy Draco. No line was found in either the Metal Oxide Semi-conductor (MOS) or the p-type/n-type semiconductor (PN) detectors. The data in this energy range are completely consistent with a single, unfolded power-law modelling the particle background, which dominates at these energies, plus instrumental lines; the addition of a ˜3.5 keV line feature gives no improvement to the fit. The corresponding upper limit on the line flux rules out a dark matter decay origin for the 3.5 keV line found in observations of clusters of galaxies and in the Galactic Centre at greater than 99 per cent confidence level.

  9. Deep XMM Observations of Draco rule out at the 99% Confidence Level a Dark Matter Decay Origin for the 3.5 keV Line

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    Jeltema, Tesla; Profumo, Stefano

    2016-03-01

    We searched for an X-ray line at energies around 3.5 keV in deep, ˜1.6 Msec XMM-Newton observations of the dwarf spheroidal galaxy Draco. No line was found in either the MOS or the PN detectors. The data in this energy range are completely consistent with a single, unfolded power law modeling the particle background, which dominates at these energies, plus instrumental lines; the addition of a ˜3.5 keV line feature gives no improvement to the fit. The corresponding upper limit on the line flux rules out a dark matter decay origin for the 3.5 keV line found in observations of clusters of galaxies and in the Galactic Center at greater than 99% C.L..

  10. Optima MDxt: A high throughput 335 keV mid-dose implanter

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    Eisner, Edward; David, Jonathan; Justesen, Perry; Kamenitsa, Dennis; McIntyre, Edward; Rathmell, Robert; Ray, Andrew; Rzeszut, Richard

    2012-11-06

    The continuing demand for both energy purity and implant angle control along with high wafer throughput drove the development of the Axcelis Optima MDxt mid-dose ion implanter. The system utilizes electrostatic scanning, an electrostatic parallelizing lens and an electrostatic energy filter to produce energetically pure beams with high angular integrity. Based on field proven components, the Optima MDxt beamline architecture offers the high beam currents possible with singly charged species including arsenic at energies up to 335 keV as well as large currents from multiply charged species at energies extending over 1 MeV. Conversely, the excellent energy filtering capability allows high currents at low beam energies, since it is safe to utilize large deceleration ratios. This beamline is coupled with the >500 WPH capable endstation technology used on the Axcelis Optima XEx high energy ion implanter. The endstation includes in-situ angle measurements of the beam in order to maintain excellent beam-to-wafer implant angle control in both the horizontal and vertical directions. The Optima platform control system provides new generation dose control system that assures excellent dosimetry and charge control. This paper will describe the features and technologies that allow the Optima MDxt to provide superior process performance at the highest wafer throughput, and will provide examples of the process performance achievable.

  11. Elemental composition effects on self-absorption for photons below 100 keV in gamma-ray spectrometry

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    Dziri, S.; Nachab, A.; Nourreddine, A.; Sellam, A.; Pape, A.

    2014-07-01

    The influence of elemental composition in the self-absorption phenomenon is observed. The effective atomic number (Zeff) is used to explain this influence for energies below 100 keV. Monte Carlo simulations based on MCNPX and GESPECOR are used to demonstrate the separate impact of Zeff and density ρ on the self-absorption for a given extended sample. Results obtained by simulation are in good agreement with those obtained by the transmission method.

  12. Interstitial defects in silicon from 1{endash}5 keV Si{sup +} ion implantation

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    Agarwal, A.; Haynes, T.E.; Eaglesham, D.J.; Gossmann, H.; Jacobson, D.C.; Poate, J.M.; Erokhin, Y.E.

    1997-06-01

    Extended defects from 5-, 2-, and 1-keV Si{sup +} ion implantation are investigated by transmission electron microscopy using implantation doses of 1 and 3{times}10{sup 14}cm{sup {minus}2} and annealing temperatures from 750 to 900{degree}C. Despite the proximity of the surface, {l_brace}311{r_brace}-type defects are observed even for 1 keV. Samples with a peak concentration of excess interstitials exceeding {approximately}1{percent} of the atomic density also contain some {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects which are corrugated across their width. These so-called zig-zag {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects are more stable than the ordinary {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects, having a dissolution rate at 750{degree}C which is ten times smaller. Due to their enhanced stability, the zig-zag {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects grow to lengths that are many times longer than their distance from the surface. It is proposed that zig-zag {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects form during the early stages of annealing by coalescence the high volume density of {l_brace}311{r_brace} defects confined within a very narrow implanted layer. These findings indicate that defect formation and dissolution will continue to control the interstitial supersaturation from ion implantation down to very low energies. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Ionization and fragmentation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon clusters in collisions with keV ions

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    Johansson, H. A. B.; Zettergren, H.; Holm, A. I. S.; Seitz, F.; Schmidt, H. T.; Rousseau, P.; Ławicki, A.; Capron, M.; Domaracka, A.; Lattouf, E.; Maclot, S.; Maisonny, R.; Manil, B.; Chesnel, J.-Y.; Adoui, L.; Huber, B. A.; Cederquist, H.

    2011-10-01

    We report on an experimental study of the ionization and fragmentation of clusters of k polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules using anthracene, C14H10, or coronene, C24H12. These PAH clusters are moderately charged and strongly heated in small impact parameter collisions with 22.5-keV He2+ ions, after which they mostly decay in long monomer evaporation sequences with singly charged and comparatively cold monomers as dominating end products. We describe a simple cluster evaporation model and estimate the number of PAH molecules in the clusters that have to be hit by He2+ projectiles for such complete cluster evaporations to occur. Highly charged and initially cold clusters are efficiently formed in collisions with 360-keV Xe20+ ions, leading to cluster Coulomb explosions and several hot charged fragments, which again predominantly yield singly charged, but much hotter, monomer ions than the He2+ collisions. We present a simple formula, based on density-functional-theory calculations, for the ionization energy sequences as functions of coronene cluster size, rationalized in terms of the classic electrostatic expression for the ionization of a charged conducting object. Our analysis indicates that multiple electron removal by highly charged ions from a cluster of PAH molecules rapidly may become more important than single ionization as the cluster size k increases and that this is the main reason for the unexpectedly strong heating in these types of collisions.

  14. A cryogenic electrostatic trap for long-time storage of keV ion beams.

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    Lange, M; Froese, M; Menk, S; Varju, J; Bastert, R; Blaum, K; López-Urrutia, J R Crespo; Fellenberger, F; Grieser, M; von Hahn, R; Heber, O; Kühnel, K-U; Laux, F; Orlov, D A; Rappaport, M L; Repnow, R; Schröter, C D; Schwalm, D; Shornikov, A; Sieber, T; Toker, Y; Ullrich, J; Wolf, A; Zajfman, D

    2010-05-01

    We report on the realization and operation of a fast ion beam trap of the linear electrostatic type employing liquid helium cooling to reach extremely low blackbody radiation temperature and residual gas density and, hence, long storage times of more than 5 min which are unprecedented for keV ion beams. Inside a beam pipe that can be cooled to temperatures <15 K, with 1.8 K reached in some locations, an ion beam pulse can be stored at kinetic energies of 2-20 keV between two electrostatic mirrors. Along with an overview of the cryogenic trap design, we present a measurement of the residual gas density inside the trap resulting in only 2 x 10(3) cm(-3), which for a room temperature environment corresponds to a pressure in the 10(-14) mbar range. The device, called the cryogenic trap for fast ion beams, is now being used to investigate molecules and clusters at low temperatures, but has also served as a design prototype for the cryogenic heavy-ion storage ring currently under construction at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. PMID:20515170

  15. The first MAXI/SSC catalog of X-ray sources in 0.7-7.0 keV

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    Tomida, Hiroshi; Uchida, Daiki; Tsunemi, Hiroshi; Imatani, Ritsuko; Kimura, Masashi; Nakahira, Satoshi; Hanayama, Takanori; Yoshidome, Koshiro

    2016-06-01

    We present the first source catalog of the Solid-state Slit Camera (SSC) of the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) mission on the International Space Station, using the 45-month data from 2010 August to 2014 April in the 0.7-7.0 keV bands. Sources are searched for in two energy bands, 0.7-1.85 keV (soft) and 1.85-7.0 keV (hard), the limiting sensitivity of 3 and 4 mCrab are achieved, and 140 and 138 sources are detected in the soft and hard energy bands, respectively. Combining the two energy bands, 170 sources are listed in the MAXI/SSC catalog. All but 2 sources are identified with 22 galaxies including AGNs, 29 cluster of galaxies, 21 supernova remnants, 75 X-ray binaries, 8 stars, 5 isolated pulsars, and 9 non-categorized objects. Comparing the soft-band fluxes at the brightest end in our catalog with the ROSAT survey, which was performed about 20 years ago, 10% of the cataloged sources are found to have changed flux since the ROSAT era.

  16. Radiation effects on optical and structural properties of GG17 Glasses induced by 170 keV electrons and protons

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    Wang, Qingyan; Geng, Hongbin; Sun, Chengyue; Li, Xingji; Zhao, Haifa; Liu, Weilong; Xiao, Jingdong; Hu, Zhaochu

    2016-01-01

    The effects of 170 keV electron and proton irradiation are investigated on the optical property and the structure of GG17-type borosilicate glasses for the purpose of assessing the suitability of this material for the rubidium lamp envelope, based on GEANT4 simulating calculation, using electron paramagnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectra and optical-transmittance measurements. The Micro-mechanisms on damage of GG17 Glasses are clarified for electron and proton, respectively. For the electron with the energy of 170 keV, defect creation is due to ionization energy losses and the center is mainly boron oxygen hole center (BOHC) formed by one hole trapped on a bridge oxygen structure with [BO4]-. As a result the number of BOHCs grows as the electron fluence increases. However, for the proton with the energy of 170 keV, the creation of structural defects dominates by means of debonding as a result of an atom having been kicked off the structural chain (displacement effect). This leads to the intensive generation of silicon oxygen hole centers, as well as BOHCs, by the holes trapped on non-bridge oxygen.

  17. The first MAXI/SSC catalog of X-ray sources in 0.7-7.0 keV

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    Tomida, Hiroshi; Uchida, Daiki; Tsunemi, Hiroshi; Imatani, Ritsuko; Kimura, Masashi; Nakahira, Satoshi; Hanayama, Takanori; Yoshidome, Koshiro

    2016-03-01

    We present the first source catalog of the Solid-state Slit Camera (SSC) of the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) mission on the International Space Station, using the 45-month data from 2010 August to 2014 April in the 0.7-7.0 keV bands. Sources are searched for in two energy bands, 0.7-1.85 keV (soft) and 1.85-7.0 keV (hard), the limiting sensitivity of 3 and 4 mCrab are achieved, and 140 and 138 sources are detected in the soft and hard energy bands, respectively. Combining the two energy bands, 170 sources are listed in the MAXI/SSC catalog. All but 2 sources are identified with 22 galaxies including AGNs, 29 cluster of galaxies, 21 supernova remnants, 75 X-ray binaries, 8 stars, 5 isolated pulsars, and 9 non-categorized objects. Comparing the soft-band fluxes at the brightest end in our catalog with the ROSAT survey, which was performed about 20 years ago, 10% of the cataloged sources are found to have changed flux since the ROSAT era.

  18. A coincidence study of electron and positron impact ionization of Ar (3p) at 1 keV

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    Campeanu, Radu I.; Walters, James H. R.; Whelan, Colm T.

    2015-10-01

    Distorted-wave calculations of the triple differential cross section (TDCS) are presented for electron and positron impact ionization of Ar(3p) in coplanar asymmetric geometry at an impact energy of 1 keV and are compared with a recent experiment. The experiment indicates that the positron TDCS is generally larger than the equivalent electron TDCS. It is shown that the magnitude of the TDCS is extremely sensitive to the energy of the ejected electron and that only when the cross section is averaged over energy do we get a reasonable agreement with experiment.

  19. A coincidence study of electron and positron impact ionization of Ar (3p) at 1 keV

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    Campeanu, Radu I.; Walters, James H. R.; Whelan, Colm T.

    2015-10-01

    Distorted-wave calculations of the triple differential cross section (TDCS) are presented for electron and positron impact ionization of Ar(3 p) in coplanar asymmetric geometry at an impact energy of 1 keV and are compared with a recent experiment. The experiment indicates that the positron TDCS is generally larger than the equivalent electron TDCS. It is shown that the magnitude of the TDCS is extremely sensitive to the energy of the ejected electron and that only when the cross section is averaged over energy do we get a reasonable agreement with experiment.

  20. Phase-contrast imaging and tomography at 60 keV using a conventional x-ray tube source

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    Donath, Tilman; Pfeiffer, Franz; Bunk, Oliver; Groot, Waldemar; Bednarzik, Martin; Grünzweig, Christian; Hempel, Eckhard; Popescu, Stefan; Hoheisel, Martin; David, Christian

    2009-05-01

    Phase-contrast imaging at laboratory-based x-ray sources using grating interferometers has been developed over the last few years for x-ray energies of up to 28 keV. Here, we show first phase-contrast projection and tomographic images recorded at significantly higher x-ray energies, produced by an x-ray tube source operated at 100 kV acceleration voltage. We find our measured tomographic phase images in good agreement with tabulated data. The extension of phase-contrast imaging to this significantly higher x-ray energy opens up many applications of the technique in medicine and industrial nondestructive testing.

  1. Phase-contrast imaging and tomography at 60 keV using a conventional x-ray tube source

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    Donath, Tilman; Bunk, Oliver; Groot, Waldemar; Bednarzik, Martin; Gruenzweig, Christian; David, Christian; Pfeiffer, Franz; Hempel, Eckhard; Popescu, Stefan; Hoheisel, Martin

    2009-05-15

    Phase-contrast imaging at laboratory-based x-ray sources using grating interferometers has been developed over the last few years for x-ray energies of up to 28 keV. Here, we show first phase-contrast projection and tomographic images recorded at significantly higher x-ray energies, produced by an x-ray tube source operated at 100 kV acceleration voltage. We find our measured tomographic phase images in good agreement with tabulated data. The extension of phase-contrast imaging to this significantly higher x-ray energy opens up many applications of the technique in medicine and industrial nondestructive testing.

  2. Direct and indirect signal detection of 122 keV photons with a novel detector combining a pnCCD and a CsI(Tl) scintillator

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    Schlosser, D. M.; Huth, M.; Hartmann, R.; Abboud, A.; Send, S.; Conka-Nurdan, T.; Shokr, M.; Pietsch, U.; Strüder, L.

    2016-01-01

    By combining a low noise fully depleted pnCCD detector with a CsI(Tl) scintillator, an energy-dispersive area detector can be realized with a high quantum efficiency (QE) in the range from below 1 keV to above 100 keV. In direct detection mode the pnCCD exhibits a relative energy resolution of 1% at 122 keV and spatial resolution of less than 75 μm, the pixel size of the pnCCD. In the indirect detection mode, i.e. conversion of the incoming X-rays in the scintillator, the measured energy resolution was about 9-13% at 122 keV, depending on the depth of interaction in the scintillator, while the position resolution, extracted with the help of simulations, was 30 μm only. We show simulated data for incident photons of 122 keV and compare the various interaction processes and relevant physical parameters to experimental results obtained with a radioactive 57Co source.

  3. K-(alpha) Radiography at 20-100 keV Using Short-Pulse Lasers

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    Park, H S; Chambers, D; Clarke, R; Eagleton, R; Giraldez, E; Goldsack, T; Heathcote, R; Izumi, N; Key, M; King, J; Koch, J; Landen, O L; Mackinnon, A; Nikroo, A; Patel, P; Pasley, J; Remington, B; Robey, H; Snavely, R; Steinman, D; Stephenson, R; Stoeckl, C; Storm, M; Tabak, M; Theobald, W; Town, R J

    2005-08-29

    X-ray radiography is an important tool for diagnosing and imaging planar and convergent hydrodynamics phenomena for laser experiments. Until now, hydrodynamics experiments at Omega and NIF utilize E{sub x-ray} < 9 keV backlighter x-rays emitted by thermal plasmas. However, future experiments will need to diagnose larger and denser targets and will require x-ray probes of energies from 20-100 keV and possibly up to 1 MeV. Hard K-{alpha} x-ray photons can be created through high-energy electron interactions in the target material after irradiation by petawatt-class high-intensity-short-pulse lasers with > 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}. We have performed several experiments on the JanUSP, and the Vulcan 100TW, and Vulcan Petawatt lasers to understand K-{alpha} sources and to test radiography concepts. 1-D radiography using an edge-on foil and 2-D radiography using buried wires and cone-fiber targets were tested. We find that 1-D thin edge-on foils can have imaging resolution better than 10 {micro}m. Micro volume targets produce bright sources with measured conversion efficiency from laser energy to x-ray photons of {approx} 1 x 10{sup -5}. This level of conversion may not be enough for 2-D point projection radiography. A comparison of our experimental measurements of small volume sources with the LSP/PIC simulation show similar K-{alpha} creation profiles but discrepancy in absolute yields.

  4. Sterilization of foods with low-energy electrons (``soft-electrons'')

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    Hayashi, Toru; Takahashi, Yoko; Todoriki, Setsuko

    1998-06-01

    Electrons with an energy of 300 keV or lower were defined as "Soft-electrons", which showed several advantages over conventional irradiation with gamma-rays or high-energy electrons in decontamination of grains and spices. Energies of electrons necessary to reduce microbial loads to levels lower than 10 CFU/g were 60 keV for brown rice, 75 keV for wheat, 100 keV for white pepper, coriander and basil, 130 keV for buckwheat, 160 keV for rough rice, and 210 keV for black pepper. Electrons with such energies did not significantly influence the quality.

  5. Measurement of the 183 keV resonance in O17(p,α)N14 using a novel technique

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    Moazen, B. H.; Bardayan, D. W.; Blackmon, J. C.; Chae, K. Y.; Chipps, K.; Domizioli, C. P.; Fitzgerald, R.; Greife, U.; Hix, W. R.; Jones, K. L.; Kozub, R. L.; Lingerfelt, E. J.; Livesay, R. J.; Nesaraja, C. D.; Pain, S. D.; Roberts, L. F.; Shriner, J. F., Jr.; Smith, M. S.; Thomas, J. S.

    2007-06-01

    We have developed a novel technique for measurements of low-energy (p,α) reactions using heavy-ion beams and a differentially pumped windowless gas target. We applied this new approach to study the 183 keV resonance in the O17(p,α)N14 reaction. We report a (center-of-mass) resonance energy of Er=183.5(+0.1)/(-0.4) keV and a resonance strength of ωγpα=(1.70±0.15) meV, and we set an upper limit (95% confidence) on the total width of the state of Γ<0.1 keV. This resonance is important for the O17(p,α)N14 reaction rate, and we find that F18 production is significantly decreased in low-mass ONeMg novae but less affected in more energetic novae. We also report the first determination of the stopping power for oxygen ions in hydrogen gas near the peak of the Bragg curve (E=193 keV/u) to be (63±1)×10-15 eV cm2.

  6. Neutron capture cross sections of {sup 74}Ge, {sup 76}Ge, and {sup 75}As at 25 keV

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    Marganiec, J.; Dillmann, I.; Pardo, C. Domingo; Kaeppeler, F.; Reifarth, R.; Gallino, R.; Pignatari, M.; Grabmayr, P.

    2009-06-15

    The neutron capture cross sections of {sup 74}Ge, {sup 76}Ge, and {sup 75}As have been measured at the Karlsruhe Van de Graaff accelerator by means of the activation technique. The neutron source reaction {sup 7}Li(p,n){sup 7}Be was used for simulating a thermal energy distribution for kT=25 keV to determine the astrophysically relevant stellar cross sections directly. Based on an extended series of activations, consistent results could be obtained, corresponding to Maxwellian average cross sections at kT=30 keV of 37.6{+-}3.9 mb for {sup 74}Ge, 21.5{+-}1.8 mb for {sup 76}Ge, and 362{+-}19 mb for {sup 75}As. These results are more accurate than previous data and are, therefore, important for resolving previous discrepancies. By extrapolation Maxwellian averaged cross sections were derived for thermal energies from 5 to 100 keV. The implications of these results for the s-process abundances in massive stars and for the background conditions in double {beta} decay experiments are discussed.

  7. Excess astrophysical photons from a 0.1-1 keV cosmic axion background.

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    Conlon, Joseph P; Marsh, M C David

    2013-10-11

    Primordial decays of string theory moduli at z~10(12) naturally generate a dark radiation cosmic axion background with 0.1-1 keV energies. This cosmic axion background can be detected through axion-photon conversion in astrophysical magnetic fields to give quasithermal excesses in the extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray bands. Substantial and observable luminosities may be generated even for axion-photon couplings <10(-11) GeV(-1). We propose that axion-photon conversion may explain the observed excess emission of soft x rays from galaxy clusters, and may also contribute to the diffuse unresolved cosmic x-ray background. We list a number of correlated predictions of the scenario. PMID:24160588

  8. SMM observations of gamma-ray transients. 2: A search for gamma-ray lines between 400 and 600 keV from the Crab Nebula

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    Harris, Michael J.; Share, Gerald H.; Leising, Mark D.

    1994-01-01

    We have search spectra obtained by the Solar Maximum Mission Gamma-Ray Spectrometer during 1981-1988 for evidence of transient gamma-ray lines from the Crab Nebula which have been reported by previous experiments at energies 400-460 keV and 539 keV. We find no evidence for significant emission in any of these lines on time scales between aproximately 1 day and approximately 1 yr. Our 3 sigma upper limits on the transient flux during 1 d intervals are approximately equal to 2.2 x 10(exp -3) photons/sq cm/s for narrow lines at any energy, and approximately equal to 2.9 x 10(exp -3) photons/sq cm/s for the 539 keV line if it is as broad as 42 keV Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM). We also searched our data during the approximately 5 hr period on 1981 June 6 during which Owens, Myers, & Thompson (1985) reported a strong line at 405 keV. We detected no line down to a 3 upper sigma limit of 3.3 x 10(exp -3) photons/sq cm/s in disagreement with the flux 7.2 +/- 2.1 x 10(exp -3) photos/sq cm/s measured by Owens et al.

  9. Where do the 3.5 keV photons come from? A morphological study of the Galactic Center and of Perseus

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    Carlson, Eric; Jeltema, Tesla; Profumo, Stefano E-mail: tesla@ucsc.edu

    2015-02-01

    We test the origin of the 3.5 keV line photons by analyzing the morphology of the emission at that energy from the Galactic Center and from the Perseus cluster of galaxies. We employ a variety of different templates to model the continuum emission and analyze the resulting radial and azimuthal distribution of the residual emission. We then perform a pixel-by-pixel binned likelihood analysis including line emission templates and dark matter templates and assess the correlation of the 3.5 keV emission with these templates. We conclude that the radial and azimuthal distribution of the residual emission is incompatible with a dark matter origin for both the Galactic center and Perseus; the Galactic center 3.5 keV line photons trace the morphology of lines at comparable energy, while the Perseus 3.5 keV photons are highly correlated with the cluster's cool core, and exhibit a morphology incompatible with dark matter decay. The template analysis additionally allows us to set the most stringent constraints to date on lines in the 3.5 keV range from dark matter decay.

  10. Motion of 3-6 keV Nonthermal Sources Along the Legs of a Flare Loop

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    Sui, Linhui; Holman, Gordon D.; Dennis, Brian R.

    2007-01-01

    Observations of nonthermal X-ray sources me critical to studying electron acceleration and transport in solar flares. Strong thermal emission radiated from the preheated plasma before the flare impulsive phase often makes it difficult to detect low-energy X-ray sources that are produced by relatively low-energy nonthermal electrons. Knowledge of the distribution of these low-energy nonthermal electrons is particularly important in determining the total nonthermal electron energy in solar flares. We report on an 'early impulsive flare' in which impulsive hard X-ray emission was seen early in the flare before the soft X-ray emission had risen significantly, indicating limited plasma pre-heating. Early in the flare, RHESSI < 25 keV images show coronal sources that moved first downward and then upwards along the legs of a flare loop. In particular, the 3-6 keV source appeared as a single coronal source at the start of the flare, and then it involved into two coronal sources moving down along the two legs of the loop. After nearly reaching the two footpoints at the hard X-ray peak, the two sources moved back up to the looptop again. RHESSI images and light curves all indicate that nonthermal emission dominated at energies as low as 3-6 keV. We suggest that the evolution of both the spectral index and the low-energy cutoff of the injected electron distribution could result in the accelerated electrons reaching a lower altitude along the legs of the dense flare loop and hence result in the observed downward and upward motions of the nonthermal sources.

  11. The structure and dynamics of the radiation belts from 10 keV to 2 MeV

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    Reeves, Geoffrey D.; Larsen, Brian A.; Friedel, Reiner H. W.; Claudepierre, Seth G.; Fennell, Joseph F.; Spence, Harlan E.; Turner, Drew L.

    2015-04-01

    The Van Allen Probes mission measures the Earth’s radiation belts with very high spatial, temporal, and energy resolution. Recent analysis has taken advantage of the capability of the ECT/MagEIS instrument’s ability to directly measure penetrating background radiation contributions to the electron count rates - and subtract it - providing spectral measurements that are essentially free of background contamination [Claudepierre et al., 2014]. The “background-subtracted” measurements show a surprising lack of MeV electrons in inner zone of the radiation belt [Fennell et al., 2014]. However at energies below ~1 MeV electrons can be injected through the slot region into the inner belt.Our analysis of these deep particle injections shows (1) there is great variability in the location of the inner edge of the outer zone - both from one event to another and from one energy to another, (2) lower energy electrons (e.g. <300 keV) are injected into the inner zone (e.g. L<2) more often than higher energy electrons (3) electrons with energies as low as 50 keV are frequently injected into the inner zone. We discuss the implications of these new observations for our understanding of radiation belt acceleration and transport.

  12. ON THE SPECTRAL HARDENING AT {approx}>300 keV IN SOLAR FLARES

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    Li, G.; Kong, X.; Zank, G.; Chen, Y.

    2013-05-20

    It has long been noted that the spectra of observed continuum emissions in many solar flares are consistent with double power laws with a hardening at energies {approx}>300 keV. It is now widely believed that at least in electron-dominated events, the hardening in the photon spectrum reflects an intrinsic hardening in the source electron spectrum. In this paper, we point out that a power-law spectrum of electrons with a hardening at high energies can be explained by the diffusive shock acceleration of electrons at a termination shock with a finite width. Our suggestion is based on an early analytical work by Drury et al., where the steady-state transport equation at a shock with a tanh profile was solved for a p-independent diffusion coefficient. Numerical simulations with a p-dependent diffusion coefficient show hardenings in the accelerated electron spectrum that are comparable with observations. One necessary condition for our proposed scenario to work is that high-energy electrons resonate with the inertial range of the MHD turbulence and low-energy electrons resonate with the dissipation range of the MHD turbulence at the acceleration site, and the spectrum of the dissipation range {approx}k {sup -2.7}. A {approx}k {sup -2.7} dissipation range spectrum is consistent with recent solar wind observations.

  13. Precise widths of the 3089 and 3684 keV levels in [sup 13]C

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    Moreh, R.; Beck, O.; Bauske, I.; Geiger, W.; Heil, R.D.; Kneissl, U.; Margraf, J.; Maser, H.; Pitz, H.H. Physics Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105 )

    1993-12-01

    The widths of the 3089 keV and the 3684 keV levels in [sup 13]C are precisely measured using nuclear self-absorption and employing amorphous [sup 13]C absorbers and scatterers. The role of the effective temperature of carbon is discussed in some detail. The result for the 3089 keV level was found to be larger by about 25% than the compiled value.

  14. Checking the potassium origin of the new emission line at 3.5 keV using the K XIX line complex at 3.7 keV

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    Iakubovskyi, Dmytro

    2015-11-01

    It is currently unclear whether the new line at ˜3.5 keV, recently detected in various samples of galaxy clusters, the Andromeda galaxy and the central part of our Galaxy, is caused by potassium emission lines. By using the latest astrophysical atomic emission line data base, AtomDB v. 3.0.2, we show that the most promising method to check its potassium origin directly will be the study of the K XIX emission line complex at ˜3.7 keV using forthcoming X-ray imaging spectrometers such as the Soft X-ray spectometer onboard the Astro-H mission or the microcalorimeter onboard the Micro-X sounding rocket experiment. In order to further reduce the remaining (factor of ˜3-5) uncertainty of the 3.7/3.5 keV ratio, more precise modelling should be performed, including the removal of significant spatial inhomogeneities, a detailed treatment of background components, and the extension of the modelled energy range.

  15. Capture of a neutron to excited states of a {sup 9}Be nucleus taking into account resonance at 622 keV

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    Dubovichenko, S. B.

    2013-10-15

    Radiative capture of a neutron to the ground and excited states of the 9Be nucleus is considered using the potential cluster model with forbidden states and with classification of cluster states by the Young schemes taking into account resonance at 622 keV for thermal and astrophysical energies.

  16. Ionization and fragmentation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon clusters in collisions with keV ions

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    Johansson, H. A. B.; Zettergren, H.; Holm, A. I. S.; Seitz, F.; Schmidt, H. T.; Cederquist, H.; Rousseau, P.; Lawicki, A.; Capron, M.; Domaracka, A.; Lattouf, E.; Maclot, S.; Maisonny, R.; Chesnel, J.-Y.; Adoui, L.; Huber, B. A.

    2011-10-15

    We report on an experimental study of the ionization and fragmentation of clusters of k polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules using anthracene, C{sub 14}H{sub 10}, or coronene, C{sub 24}H{sub 12}. These PAH clusters are moderately charged and strongly heated in small impact parameter collisions with 22.5-keV He{sup 2+} ions, after which they mostly decay in long monomer evaporation sequences with singly charged and comparatively cold monomers as dominating end products. We describe a simple cluster evaporation model and estimate the number of PAH molecules in the clusters that have to be hit by He{sup 2+} projectiles for such complete cluster evaporations to occur. Highly charged and initially cold clusters are efficiently formed in collisions with 360-keV Xe{sup 20+} ions, leading to cluster Coulomb explosions and several hot charged fragments, which again predominantly yield singly charged, but much hotter, monomer ions than the He{sup 2+} collisions. We present a simple formula, based on density-functional-theory calculations, for the ionization energy sequences as functions of coronene cluster size, rationalized in terms of the classic electrostatic expression for the ionization of a charged conducting object. Our analysis indicates that multiple electron removal by highly charged ions from a cluster of PAH molecules rapidly may become more important than single ionization as the cluster size k increases and that this is the main reason for the unexpectedly strong heating in these types of collisions.

  17. Sub-arcsec X-Ray Telescope for Imaging The Solar Corona In the 0.25 - 1.2 keV Band

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    Gallagher, Dennis; Cash, Webster; Jelsma, Schuyler; Farmer, Jason

    1996-01-01

    We have developed an X-ray telescope that uses a new technique for focusing X-rays with grazing incidence optics. The telescope was built with spherical optics for all of its components, utilizing the high quality surfaces obtainable when polishing spherical (as opposed to aspherical) optics. We tested the prototype X-ray telescope in the 300 meter vacuum pipe at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The telescope features 2 degee graze angles with tungsten coatings, yielding a bandpass of 0.25-1.5 keV with a peak effective area of 0.8 sq cm at 0.83 keV. Results from X-ray testing at energies of 0.25 keV and 0.93 keV (C-K and Cu-L) verify 0.5 arcsecond performance at 0.93 keV. Results from modeling the X-ray telescope's response to the Sun show that the current design would be capable of recording 10 half arcsecond images of a solar active region during a 300 second NASA sounding rocket flight.

  18. Characterizations of MCP performance in the hard x-ray range (6–25 keV)

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    Wu, Ming Rochau, Greg; Moy, Ken; Kruschwitz, Craig

    2014-11-15

    MCP detector performance at hard x-ray energies from 6 to 25 keV was recently investigated using NSLS beamline X15A at BNL. Measurements were made with an NSTec Gen-II (H-CA-65) framing camera, based on a Photonis MCP with ∼10 μm in diameter pores, ∼12 μm center-center spacing, an L/D ratio of 46, and a bias angle of 8°. The MCP characterizations were focused on (1) energy and angle dependent sensitivity, (2) energy and angle dependent spatial resolution, (3) energy dependent gain performance, and (4) energy dependent dynamic range. These measurement corroborated simulation results using a Monte Carlo model that included hard x-ray interactions and the subsequent electron cascade in the MCP.

  19. Polar and azimuthal angular dependence of coherent to incoherent scattering differential cross-section ratios of Au at 59.54 keV

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    Akkuş, Tuba; Pirimoğlu Dal, Mevşen; Şahin, Yusuf

    2015-12-01

    Coherent to incoherent differential cross-section ratios of Au have been measured for several polar scattering angles (90°, 100°, 110°, 120° and 130°) and azimuthal angles (30°, 20°, 10°, 0°, -10°, and -20°) at 59.54 keV photon energy by using high purity germanium (HPGe) detector, which has a resolution of 199.6 eV at the 5.9 keV. The samples were excited with 59.54 keV gamma rays emitted from 3.7×109 Bq (100 mCi) Am241 point source. The intensity ratios were corrected due to the photopeak efficiency of gamma detector and absorption of photons in the target and air. The experimental values obtained in this study were compared with those estimated on the basis of the non-relativistic form factors and relativistic form factors.

  20. CAN THE EXCESS IN THE Fe XXVI Ly{gamma} LINE FROM THE GALACTIC CENTER PROVIDE EVIDENCE FOR 17 keV STERILE NEUTRINOS?

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    Prokhorov, Dmitry; Silk, Joseph

    2010-12-20

    Sterile neutrinos (or right-handed neutrinos) are a plausible warm dark matter candidate. We find that the excess of the intensity in the 8.7 keV line (at the energy of the Fe XXVI Ly{gamma} line) in the spectrum of the Galactic center observed by Suzaku cannot be explained by standard ionization and recombination processes. We suggest that the origin of this excess is via decays of sterile neutrinos with a mass of 17.4 keV. The estimated value of the mixing angle sin{sup 2}(2{theta}) = (4.4 {+-} 2.2) x 10{sup -12} lies in the allowed region of the mixing angle for a dark matter sterile neutrino with a mass of 17-18 keV.

  1. Extended observations of higher than 7-keV X-rays from Centaurus X-3 by the OSO-7 satellite

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    Baity, W. A.; Ulmer, M. P.; Wheaton, W. A.; Peterson, L. E.

    1974-01-01

    The UCSD X-ray telescope on board OSO-7 provided 43 days of continuous coverage of the variable X-ray source Cen X-3 at energies above 7 keV during December 1971 and January 1972. We detected the 4.8-sec pulsation period, the 2.087-day eclipse cycle, and an apparently nonperiodic, low-intensity state lasting more than 12 days. Spectra obtained over the 7-30 keV range during noneclipsed high-intensity states are steeper than those previously reported. Large changes, which may be characterized by a number spectral index alpha varying between 3.0 plus or minus 0.2 and 2.0 plus or minus 0.3, or by exponential spectra with kT varying from 6 plus or minus 2 to 13 plus or minus 3 keV, occur at different high-intensity states.

  2. ART: Surveying the Local Universe at 2-11 keV

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    O'Dell, S. L.; Ramsey, B. D.; Adams, M. L.; Brandt, W. N.; Bubarev, M. V.; Hassinger, G.; Pravlinski, M.; Predehl, P.; Romaine, S. E.; Swartz, D. A.; Urry, C. M.; Vikhlinin, A.; Weisskopf, M. C.

    2008-01-01

    The Astronomical Rontgen Telescope (ART) is a medium-energy x-ray telescope system proposed for the Russian-led mission Spectrum Rontgen-Gamma (SRG). Optimized for performance over the 2-11-keV band, ART complements the softer response of the SRG prime instrument-the German eROSITA x-ray telescope system. The anticipated number of ART detections is 50,000-with 1,000 heavily-obscured (N(sub H)> 3x10(exp 23)/sq cm) AGN-in the SRG 4-year all-sky survey, plus a comparable number in deeper wide-field (500 deg(sup 2) total) surveys. ART's surveys will provide a minimally-biased, nearly-complete census of the local Universe in the medium-energy x-ray band (including Fe-K lines), at CCD spectral resolution. During long (approx.100-ks) pointed observations, ART can obtain statistically significant spectral data up to about 15 keY for bright sources and medium-energy x-ray continuum and Fe-K-line spectra of AGN detected with the contemporaneous NuSTAR hard-x-ray mission.

  3. Rapid variability of 10-140 keV X-rays from Cygnus X-1

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    Nolan, P. L.; Gruber, D. E.; Matteson, J. L.; Peterson, L. E.; Rothschild, R. E.; Doty, J. P.; Levine, A. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Primini, F. A.

    1981-01-01

    On five occasions in 1977 and 1978, Cygnus X-1 was observed using the low-energy detectors of the UCSD/MIT Hard X-ray and Low-Energy Gamma Ray experiment on the HEAO 1 satellite. Rapid (times between 0.08 and 1000 sec) variability was found in the 10-140 keV band. The power spectrum was white for frequencies between 0.001 and 0.05 Hz and was proportional to the inverse of the frequency for frequencies between 0.05 and 3 Hz, indicating correlations on all time scales less than approximately 20 s. The shape of the energy spectrum was correlated with intensity; it was harder at higher intensity. If the emission is produced by Comptonization of a soft photon flux in a hot cloud, the heating of the cloud cannot be constant; it must vary on time scales up to approximately 20 s. A variable accretion rate could cause the observed effects.

  4. Response of X-UV photodiodes to 1.5-17.5 keV x rays and MeV alpha particles

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    Wenzel, Kevin W.; Li, Chi-Kang; Petrasso, Richard D.; Lo, Daniel H.; Bautz, Marshall W.; Ricker, George R., Jr.; Hsieh, Ed

    1993-07-01

    The absolute x-ray response of three X-UV photodiodes was measured over an energy range of 1.5-17.5 keV so that they could be used to calibrate x-ray imaging systems for the ASCA satellite mission. An intense electron-beam x-ray generator was used to test both the dc and ac x-ray response at 1.5, 4.5, 8.0, and 17.5 keV, and an 55Fe source was used to examine one of the photodiodes at 5.9 keV. The x-ray response was determined by comparing the X-UV diode signal to that of a previously calibrated silicon surface barrier diode (SBD). The X-UV detector response was similar to the SBD response at low energies (1.5 and 4.5 keV). At 8 keV, the X-UV detectors exhibited about 70% of the SBD response, and at 17.5 keV, about 50%. This result is surprising, because the X-UV diodes actually have a greater silicon thickness than the SBD. In contrast to our findings for SBDs in the past, this implies that not the entire physical volume of these detectors comprises the active volume. The X-UV detector x-ray response was also examined as a function of the applied bias voltage. No significant bias voltage dependence of the x-ray signal was found, which indicates that the depletion layer thickness does not determine the active volume either. However, the detector noise was found to decrease substantially as the applied bias was raised from zero to a few volts. Response of these detectors, operated in pulse mode, to 226Ra α particles indicated large charge carrier recombination in the bulk silicon. This feature renders these detectors unsuitable for most charged-particle spectroscopy applications.

  5. The Physical Nature of the Sharp Spectral Feature at 7 keV Detected in 1H0707-495

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    Brandt, Niel

    2005-01-01

    XMM-Newton acquired data on the accepted target, 1H0707-495, on 2002 October 13 during revolution 0521. The observation was successful, with only about 5% data loss due to background flaring. We compared the data from this observation with earlier data taken on this Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 about two years before, performing interpretation studies in the context of the partial-covering model. Our second longer observation once again displays a sharp (< 200 eV) spectral drop above 7 keV. However, in comparison to the first observation, the edge depth and energy have changed significantly. In addition to changes in the edge parameters, the high-energy spectrum appears steeper. The changes in the high-energy spectrum can be adequately explained in terms of a partial-covering absorber out-flowing from the central region. The low-energy spectrum also shows significant long-term spectral variability, including (1) a substantial increase in the disk temperature, (2) detection of an approx. 0.9 keV emission feature, and (3) the presence of ionized absorption that was detected during the ASCA mission. The large increase in disk temperature, and the more modest rise in luminosity, can be understood if we consider a slim-disk model for 1H0707-495. In addition, the higher disk luminosity could be the driving force behind the outflow and the re-appearance of an ionized medium during the second XMM-Newton observation.

  6. Electron events from the scattering with solar neutrinos in the search of keV scale sterile neutrino dark matter

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    Liao, Wei; Wu, Xiao-Hong; Zhou, Hang

    2014-05-01

    In a previous work, we showed that it is possible to detect keV scale sterile neutrino dark matter νs in a β decay experiment using radioactive sources such as T3 or Ru106. The signals of this dark matter candidate are monoenergetic electrons produced in the neutrino capture process νs+ N'→N+e-. These electrons have energy greater than the maximum energy of the electrons produced in the associated decay process N'→N+e-+ν ¯e. Hence, signal electron events are well beyond the end point of the β decay spectrum and are not polluted by the β decay process. Another possible background, which is a potential threat to the detection of νs dark matter, is the electron event produced by the scattering of solar neutrinos with electrons in target matter. In this article, we study in detail this possible background and discuss its implications for the detection of keV scale sterile neutrino dark matter. In particular, bound state features of electrons in Ru atoms are considered with care in the scattering process when the kinetic energy of the final electron is the same order of magnitude of the binding energy.

  7. HEAO 1 observations of the Perseus cluster above 10 keV

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    Primini, F. A.; Howe, S. K.; Lang, F.; Levine, A. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Rothschild, R.; Baity, W. A.; Gruber, D. E.; Knight, F. K.; Basinska, E.

    1981-01-01

    Results are presented of HEAO 1 observations of the Perseus cluster from 10 to 150 keV in 1977 August and 1978 February and August. The spectrum exhibits a previously unknown hard (greater than 25 keV) component in addition to the previously known thermal bremsstrahlung emission. The data presented show no significant evidence of variability from 10.5 keV to 93.5 keV, and a comparison of our results with earlier results indicates no strong evidence for variability above 25 keV over a time scale of 4 yr. If the hard-component excess is due to NGC 1275, the data imply a 2-6 keV X-ray luminosity of 1 x 10 to the 44th ergs/s for the galaxy, or about 15% of the total cluster emission from 2 to 6 keV and a 25-40 keV luminosity of 8 x 10 to the 43rd ergs/s.

  8. Desorption Induced by KEV Molecular and Cluster Projectiles.

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    Blain, Matthew Glenn

    1990-01-01

    A new experimental method has been developed for studying negative secondary ion (SI) emission from solid surfaces bombarded by polyatomic primary ions of 5 to 30 keV. The method is based on the time-of-flight (TOF) analysis of primary ions which are produced by either ^ {252}Cf fission fragment induced desorption or by extraction from a liquid metal ion source, and then accelerated into a field free region. The primary ions included organic monomer, dimer, and fragment ions of coronene and phenylalanine, (CsI)_ nCs ^{+} cluster ions, and Au _sp{n}{+} cluster ions. Secondary electrons, emitted from a target surface upon primary ion impact, are used to identify which primary ion has hit the surface. An event-by-event coincidence counting technique allows several secondary ion TOF spectra, correlated to several different primary ions, to be acquired simultaneously. Negative SI yields from organic (phenylalanine and dinitrostilbene), CsI, and Au surfaces have been measured for a number of different mono- and polyatomic primary ions. The results show, for example, yields ranging from 1 to 10% for phenylalanine (M-H) ^{ -}, 1 to 10% for I^{-} , and 1 to 5% for Au^{-} , with Cs_2I^ {+} and Cs_3I _sp{2}{+} clusters as projectiles. Yields for the same surfaces using Cs ^{+} primary ions are much less than 1%, indicating that SI yields are enhanced with clusters. A yield enhancement occurs when the SI yield per atom of a polyatomic projectile is greater than the SI yield of its monoatomic equivalent, at the same velocity. Thus, a (M-H) ^{-} yield increase of a factor of 50, when phenylalanine is bombarded with Cs_3I_sp{2} {+} instead of Cs^{+ }, represents a yield enhancement factor of 10. For the projectiles and samples studied, it was observed that the heavier the mass of the constituents of a projectile, the larger the enhancement effects, and that the largest yield enhancements (with CsI and Au _ n projectiles) occur for the organic target, phenylalanine. One possible explanation for the larger enhancements with organics, namely a thermal spike process, appears unlikely. Experiments with high and low melting point isomers of dinitrostilbene, bombarded with Cs _2I^{+} and Cs^{+} projectiles, showed larger Cs_2I^ {+} yield enhancements for the high melting point isomer.

  9. Impact of IUdR on Rat 9L glioma cell survival for 25-35 keV photon-activated auger electron therapy.

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    Alvarez, Diane; Hogstrom, Kenneth R; Brown, Thomas A D; Ii, Kenneth L Matthews; Dugas, Joseph P; Ham, Kyungmin; Varnes, Marie E

    2014-12-01

    The goal of the current study was to measure the energy dependence of survival of rat 9L glioma cells labeled with iododeoxyuridine (IUdR) that underwent photon-activated Auger electron therapy using 25-35 keV monochromatic X rays, i.e., above and below the K-edge energy of iodine. Rat 9L glioma cells were selected because of their radioresistance, ability to be implanted for future in vivo studies and analogy to radioresistant human gliomas. Survival curves were measured for a 4 MV X-ray beam and synchrotron produced monochromatic 35, 30 and 25 keV X-ray beams. IUdR was incorporated into the DNA at levels of 0, 9 and 18% thymidine replacement for 4 MV and 35 keV and 0 and 18% thymidine replacement for 30 and 25 keV. For 10 combinations of beam energy and thymidine replacement, 62 data sets (3-13 per combination) provided 776 data points (47-148 per combination). Survival versus dose data taken for the same combination, but on different days, were merged by including the zero-dose points in the nonlinear, chi-squared data fitting using the linear-quadratic model and letting the best estimate to the zero-dose plating efficiency for each of the different days be a fitting parameter. When comparing two survival curves, the ratio of doses resulting in 10% survival gave sensitization enhancement ratios (SER10) from which contributions due to linear energy transfer (LET) (SER10,LET), IUdR radiosensitization (SER10,RS), the Auger effect (SER10,AE) and the total of all effects (SER10,T) were determined. At 4 MV and 35, 30 and 25 keV, SER10,LET values were 1.00, 1.08 ± 0.03, 1.22 ± 0.02 and 1.37 ± 0.02, respectively. At 4 MV SER10,RS values for 9 and 18% IUdR were 1.28 ± 0.02 and 1.40 ± 0.02, respectively. Assuming LET effects were independent of percentage IUdR and radiosensitization effects were independent of energy, SER10,AE values for 18% IUdR at 35, 30 and 25 keV were 1.35 ± 0.05, 1.06 ± 0.03 and 0.98 ± 0.03, respectively. The value for 9% IUdR at 35 keV was 1.01 ± 0.04. First, we found the radioresistant rat 9L glioma cell line exhibited an SER10 due to the Auger effect of 1.35 at (35 keV, 18% IUdR) and an SER10 due to the radiosensitizing effect of 1.40 at (4 MV, 18% IUdR), both significantly less than values for previously reported cell lines. These low individual values emphasize the benefit of their combined value (SER10 of approximately 1.9) for achieving clinical benefit. Second, as expected, we observed that energies below the K-edge of iodine (25 and 30 keV), for which there are L, M and higher shell photoelectric events creating Auger electrons, show no promise for Auger electron therapy. Third, to proceed with future in vivo studies, additional data from 35-65 keV are needed to determine the optimal X-ray energy for IUdR Auger electron therapy. Only then can there be an answer to the question, how well the energy dependence of in vitro survival data supports the potential for photon-activated Auger electron therapy with IUdR in cancer radiotherapy. PMID:25409122

  10. Quiet-time Suprathermal (~0.1-1.5 keV) Electrons in the Solar Wind

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    Tao, Jiawei; Wang, Linghua; Zong, Qiugang; Li, Gang; Salem, Chadi S.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.; He, Jiansen; Tu, Chuanyi; Bale, Stuart D.

    2016-03-01

    We present a statistical survey of the energy spectrum of solar wind suprathermal (˜0.1-1.5 keV) electrons measured by the WIND 3DP instrument at 1 AU during quiet times at the minimum and maximum of solar cycles 23 and 24. After separating (beaming) strahl electrons from (isotropic) halo electrons according to their different behaviors in the angular distribution, we fit the observed energy spectrum of both strahl and halo electrons at ˜0.1-1.5 keV to a Kappa distribution function with an index κ and effective temperature Teff. We also calculate the number density n and average energy Eavg of strahl and halo electrons by integrating the electron measurements between ˜0.1 and 1.5 keV. We find a strong positive correlation between κ and Teff for both strahl and halo electrons, and a strong positive correlation between the strahl n and halo n, likely reflecting the nature of the generation of these suprathermal electrons. In both solar cycles, κ is larger at solar minimum than at solar maximum for both strahl and halo electrons. The halo κ is generally smaller than the strahl κ (except during the solar minimum of cycle 23). The strahl n is larger at solar maximum, but the halo n shows no difference between solar minimum and maximum. Both the strahl n and halo n have no clear association with the solar wind core population, but the density ratio between the strahl and halo roughly anti-correlates (correlates) with the solar wind density (velocity).

  11. Studies of MCP Sensitivity to 250 eV to 25 keV x-rays: Comparisons of Monte Carlo Simulations and Experimental Results

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    Wu, Ming; Kruschwitz, Craig; Moy, Ken; Rochau, Greg; Sandia National Laboratories Team; National Security Technologies, Inc. Team

    2014-10-01

    We present results of Monte Carlo simulations of microchannel plate (MCP) response to x-rays in the 250 eV to 25 keV energy range as a function of x-ray energy, impact angle, and x-ray flux. X-ray penetration through multiple MCP pore walls is increasingly important above 5 keV and the effect of this penetration on MCP performance is studied. In agreement with past measurements, it is found that the angular dependence of MCP sensitivity with angle changes from a cotangent dependence to angular independence as x-ray energy increases. It is also found that the MCP gain sensitivity with voltage decreases for higher x-ray energies. Finally, it is found that for x-rays incident at zero degrees relative to the MCP surface normal, spatial resolution shows little dependence on x-ray energy, but that spatial resolution degrades for higher x-ray energies as the angle of incidence relative to the surface normal increases. Dynamic range of MCP in this energy range is also examined. Simulation results are compared to recent experimental measurements for 6-25 keV x-rays. The experiments were performed on the X15 beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Agreement between simulations and experiments is generally very good.

  12. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: Optical Excitation Function of H(1s-2p) Produced by electron Impact from Threshold to 1.8 keV

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    James, G. K.; Slevin, J. A.; Shemansky, D. E.; McConkey, J. W.; Bray, I.; Dziczek, D.; Kanik, I.; Ajello, J. M.

    1997-01-01

    The optical excitation function of prompt Lyman-Alpha radiation, produced by electron impact on atomic hydrogen, has been measured over the extended energy range from threshold to 1.8 keV. Measurements were obtained in a crossed-beams experiment using both magnetically confined and electrostatically focused electrons in collision with atomic hydrogen produced by an intense discharge source. A vacuum-ultraviolet mono- chromator system was used to measure the emitted Lyman-Alpha radiation. The absolute H(1s-2p) electron impact excitation cross section was obtained from the experimental optical excitation function by normalizing to the accepted optical oscillator strength, with corrections for polarization and cascade. Statistical and known systematic uncertainties in our data range from +/- 4% near threshold to +/- 2% at 1.8 keV. Multistate coupling affecting the shape of the excitation function up to 1 keV impact energy is apparent in both the present experimental data and present theoretical results obtained with convergent close- coupling (CCC) theory. This shape function effect leads to an uncertainty in absolute cross sections at the 10% level in the analysis of the experimental data. The derived optimized absolute cross sections are within 7% of the CCC calculations over the 14 eV-1.8 keV range. The present CCC calculations converge on the Bethe- Fano profile for H(1s-2p) excitation at high energy. For this reason agreement with the CCC values to within 3% is achieved in a nonoptimal normalization of the experimental data to the Bethe-Fano profile. The fundamental H(1s-2p) electron impact cross section is thereby determined to an unprecedented accuracy over the 14 eV - 1.8 keV energy range.

  13. One-dimensional x-ray imaging using a spherically bent mica crystal at 4.75 keV

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    Workman, J.; Evans, S.; Kyrala, G. A.

    2001-01-01

    One-dimensional x-ray imaging of static gold bars using a spherically bent mica crystal is presented for the first time at an x-ray energy of 4.75 keV. X rays are produced using 1-ns-square pulses on the TRIDENT laser facility driving the He-like resonance transition in solid titanium disks. Time-integrated images of square profile parallel gold bars are recorded on direct exposure film with a magnification of {approx}10. Rising edge measurements of the bars demonstrate resolutions of about 6--7 {mu}m over a 400 {mu}m field of view.

  14. Thermal-spikes temperature measurement in pure metals under argon ion irradiation (E = 5-15 keV)

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    Ovchinnikov, V. V.; Makhin'ko, F. F.; Solomonov, V. I.

    2015-11-01

    A method for determining the parameters of energy release in dense cascades of atomic displacements and for estimating the temperature and the level of pressures in thermalized cascade regions (thermal spikes) is proposed. It is based on the measurement and analysis of the spectral composition of the surface glow of condensed media in the course of irradiation with Ar+ 5-15 keV accelerated ions, under the assumption of the presence of a thermal component of glow defined by the presence of thermalized cascade regions.

  15. Silicon photodiode characterization from 1 eV to 10 keV

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    Idzorek, George C.; Bartlett, R. J.

    1997-10-01

    Silicon photodiodes offer a number of advantages over conventional photocathode type soft x-ray detectors in pulsed power experiments. These include a nominally flat response, insensitivity to surface contamination, low voltage biasing requirements, sensitivity to low energy photons, excellent detector to detector response reproducibility, and ability to operate in poor vacuum or gas backfilled experiments. Silicon photodiodes available from International Radiation Detectors (IRD), Torrance, California have been characterized for absolute photon response from 1 eV to 10 keV photon energy, time response, and signal saturation levels. We have assembled individually filtered photodiodes into an array designated the XUV-7. The XUV-7 provides seven photodiodes in a vacuum leak tight, electrically isolated, low noise, high bandwidth, x-ray filtered assembly in a compact package with a 3.7 cm outside diameter. In addition we have assembled the diodes in other custom configurations as detectors for spectrometers. Our calibration measurements show factor of ten deviations from the silicon photodiode theoretical flat response due to diode sensitivity outside the center 'sensitive area.' Detector response reproducibility between diodes appears to be better than 5%. Time response measurements show a 10 - 90% rise time of about 0.1 nanoseconds and a fall time of about 0.5 nanoseconds. Silicon photodiodes have proven to be a versatile and useful complement to our standard photocathode detectors for soft x-ray measurement and are very competitive with diamond for a number of applications.

  16. INTEGRAL observations of Scorpius X-1: evidence for Comptonization up to 200 keV

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    Maiolino, T.; D'Amico, F.; Braga, J.

    2013-03-01

    We have analyzed a long-term database for Sco X-1 obtained with the telescope IBIS onboard the INTEGRAL satellite in order to study the hard X-ray behavior of Sco X-1 from 20 up to 200 keV. Besides the data used for producing of the INTEGRAL catalog of sources, this is the longest (412 ks) database of IBIS on Sco X-1 up to date. The production of hard X-ray tails in low-mass X-ray binaries is still a matter of debate. Since most of the fits to the high-energy part of the spectra are done with powerlaw models, the physical mechanism for the hard X-ray tail production is unclear. The purpose of this study is to better constrain those possible mechanisms. Our main result shows a strong correlation between the fluxes in the thermal and nonthermal part of Sco X-1 spectra. We, thus, suggest that comptonization of lower energy photons is the mechanism for producing hard X-ray tails in Sco X-1.

  17. High-efficiency multilevel zone plates for keV X-rays

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    di Fabrizio, E.; Romanato, F.; Gentili, M.; Cabrini, S.; Kaulich, B.; Susini, J.; Barrett, R.

    1999-10-01

    The development of high brilliance X-ray sources coupled with advances in manufacturing technologies has led to significant improvements in submicrometre probes for spectroscopy, diffraction and imaging applications. The generation of a small beam spot size is commonly based on three principles: total reflection (as used in optical elements involving mirrors or capillaries), refraction (such as in refractive lenses) and diffraction. The latter effect is employed in Bragg-Fresnel or Soret lenses, commonly known as Fresnel zone plate lenses. These lenses currently give the best spatial resolution, but are traditionally limited to rather soft X-rays-at high energies, their use is still limited by their efficiency. Here we report the fabrication of high-efficiency, high-contrast gold and nickel multistep (quaternary) Fresnel zone plates using electron beam lithography. We achieve a maximum efficiency of 55% for the nickel plate at 7keV. In addition to their high efficiency, the lenses offer the advantages of low background signal and effective reduction of unwanted diffraction orders. We anticipate that these lenses should have a significant impact on techniques such as microscopy, micro-fluorescence and micro-diffraction, which require medium resolution (500-100nm) and high flux at fixed energies.

  18. MULTI-KEV X-RAY YIELDS FROM HIGH-Z GAS TARGETS FIELDED AT OMEGA

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    Kane, J O; Fournier, K B; May, M J; Colvin, J D; Thomas, C A; Marrs, R E; Compton, S M; Moody, J D; Bond, E J; Davis, J F

    2010-11-04

    The authors report on modeling of x-ray yield from gas-filled targets shot at the OMEGA laser facility. The OMEGA targets were 1.8 mm long, 1.95 mm in diameter Be cans filled with either a 50:50 Ar:Xe mixture, pure Ar, pure Kr or pure Xe at {approx} 1 atm. The OMEGA experiments heated the gas with 20 kJ of 3{omega} ({approx} 350 nm) laser energy delivered in a 1 ns square pulse. the emitted x-ray flux was monitored with the x-ray diode based DANTE instruments in the sub-keV range. Two-dimensional x-ray images (for energies 3-5 keV) of the targets were recorded with gated x-ray detectors. The x-ray spectra were recorded with the HENWAY crystal spectrometer at OMEGA. Predictions are 2D r-z cylindrical with DCA NLTE atomic physics. Models generally: (1) underpredict the Xe L-shell yields; (2) overpredict the Ar K-shell yields; (3) correctly predict the Xe thermal yields; and (4) greatly underpredict the Ar thermal yields. However, there are spreads within the data, e.g. the DMX Ar K-shell yields are correctly predicted. The predicted thermal yields show strong angular dependence.

  19. LUCIA — a new 1-7 keV μ-XAS Beamline

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    Janousch, M.; Flank, A.-M.; Lagarde, P.; Cauchon, G.; Bac, S.; Dubuisson, J. M.; Schmidt, Th.; Wetter, R.; Grolimund, G.; Scheidegger, A. M.

    2004-05-01

    LURE-SOLEIL (France) and the Swiss Light Source (SLS) are building together a new micro focused beamline for micro x-ray absorption spectroscopy and micro imaging. This line is designed to deliver a photon flux of the order of 1012 ph/sec on a 1 × 1 μm spot within the energy domain of 0.8 to 7 keV. This beam line is being installed on the X07M straight section of SLS. The source is an APPLE II undulator with a period of 54 mm. The main advantage of this device lies in the delivery of any degree of polarization, linear or circular, over the whole energy range, without the need of a sample-position change. The monochromator will be a fixed exit double crystal equipped with 5 sets of crystals, thanks to the very narrow photon beam from the undulator ( Beryl, KTP, YB66, InSb(111), Si(111) ). The optics includes a first horizontal focusing mirror (spherical), which produces an intermediate source for the horizontal mirror of a Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) system. The vertical mirror of the KB directly images the source. Finally, a low-pass double mirror filter insures a proper harmonic rejection.

  20. Measurement of the ionization yield of nuclear recoils in liquid argon at 80 and 233 keV

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    Bondar, A.; Buzulutskov, A.; Dolgov, A.; Grishnyaev, E.; Polosatkin, S.; Shekhtman, L.; Shemyakina, E.; Sokolov, A.

    2014-10-01

    The energy calibration of nuclear recoil detectors is of primary importance to rare-event experiments such as those of direct dark matter search and coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering. In particular, such a calibration is performed by measuring the ionization yield of nuclear recoils in liquid Ar and Xe detection media, using neutron elastic scattering off nuclei. In the present work, the ionization yield for nuclear recoils in liquid Ar has for the first time been measured in the higher energy range, at 80 and 233 keV, using a two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detector (CRAD) and DD neutron generator. The ionization yield in liquid Ar at an electric field of 2.3 kV/cm amounted to 7.8+/-1.1 and 9.7+/-1.3 \\text{e}^-/\\text{keV} at 80 and 233 keV, respectively. The Jaffe model for nuclear recoil-induced ionization, in contrast to that of Thomas-Imel, can probably consistently describe the energy dependence of the ionization yield.

  1. Attosecond keV x-ray pulses driven by Thomson scattering in a tight focus regime

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    Kim, D.; Lee, H.; Chung, S.; Lee, K.

    2009-06-01

    The radiation of a relativistic electron interacting with a co-propagating tightly focused high-power laser is investigated. High-order fields (HOFs) existing in a tight focus (a few micrometers or so) affect the dynamics of electrons rather significantly so as to enhance radiation intensity by several orders of magnitude. In the case of a co-propagating interaction geometry, the second-order field plays an important role in radiation enhancement. It is demonstrated that when HOFs are included, the radiation efficiency is increased by a factor of up to 100 000 for w0 = 2 and 5 μm, with a laser intensity of 2.2×1020 W cm-2, compared with that when HOFs are not included. The enhancement is larger for smaller electron energies and laser beam waists. It has also been shown that when an electron bunch interacts with a high-intensity tightly-focused femtosecond laser pulse in a co-propagation geometry, attosecond (~300 as) x-ray pulses can be produced. The photon energy can reach about 40 keV for an electron energy of 2 GeV. The physical scheme investigated in this work can be used for an ultrafast (attosecond or femtosecond) x-ray source in the range of 10-100 keV.

  2. Enhancement of the 6.4 keV Line in the Inner Galactic Ridge: Proton-induced Fluorescence?

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    Nobukawa, K. K.; Nobukawa, M.; Uchiyama, H.; Tsuru, T. G.; Torii, K.; Tanaka, T.; Chernyshov, D. O.; Fukui, Y.; Dogiel, V. A.; Koyama, K.

    2015-07-01

    A common idea for the origin of the Galactic diffuse X-ray emission, particularly that of the iron lines from neutral and highly ionized atoms, is a superposition of many cataclysmic variables and coronally active binaries. In this scenario, the flux should symmetrically distribute between the east and west on the plane with respect to Sagittarius A* because the stellar mass distribution determined by infrared observations is nearly symmetric. This symmetry is confirmed for the highly ionized iron line as well as the continuum emission. However, a clear excess of the neutral iron line in the near east of the Galactic center compared to the near-west side is found. The flux distribution of the excess emission well correlates with the molecular column density. The X-ray spectrum of the excess emission is described by a power-law continuum plus a 6.4 keV line with a large equivalent width of ˜1.3 keV, which is hardly explained by the low-energy electron bombardment scenario. The longitudinal and latitudinal distribution of the excess emission disfavors the X-ray irradiation, either by Sagittarius A* or by nearby X-ray binaries. Then, the low-energy proton bombardment is the most probable origin, although the high-energy density ˜80 eV cm-3 in 0.1-1000 MeV is required and there is no conventional proton source in the vicinity.

  3. Depth profiling of nitrogen using 429 keV and 897 keV resonances in the 15N(p, ??) 12C reaction

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    Kumar, Sanjiv; Vikram Kumar, S.; Reddy, G. L. N.; Kain, Vivekanand; Ramana, J. V.; Raju, V. S.

    2005-11-01

    Resonances at 429 keV and 897 keV in the 15N(p, ??)12C reaction were investigated for depth profiling nitrogen in materials containing nitrogen isotopes in natural abundances. Both resonances exhibit identical sensitivity, however the resonance at 897 keV is prone to interferences from light elements, F and Al in particular. These resonances were employed to depth profile nitrogen in binary and ternary nitride films and in stainless steel wires that had fractured while in use in an ammonia converter vessel of a heavy water plant. The studies indicated the ingress of nitrogen into the interiors of the wires under operating conditions of the plant that lead to nitriding causing embrittlement of the components.

  4. Digging gold: keV He(+) ion interaction with Au.

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    Veligura, Vasilisa; Hlawacek, Gregor; Berkelaar, Robin P; van Gastel, Raoul; Zandvliet, Harold J W; Poelsema, Bene

    2013-01-01

    Helium ion microscopy (HIM) was used to investigate the interaction of a focused He(+) ion beam with energies of several tens of kiloelectronvolts with metals. HIM is usually applied for the visualization of materials with extreme surface sensitivity and resolution. However, the use of high ion fluences can lead to significant sample modifications. We have characterized the changes caused by a focused He(+) ion beam at normal incidence to the Au{111} surface as a function of ion fluence and energy. Under the influence of the beam a periodic surface nanopattern develops. The periodicity of the pattern shows a power-law dependence on the ion fluence. Simultaneously, helium implantation occurs. Depending on the fluence and primary energy, porous nanostructures or large blisters form on the sample surface. The growth of the helium bubbles responsible for this effect is discussed. PMID:23946914

  5. Improved methods for the generation of 24.5 keV neutron beams with possible application to boron neutron capture therapy

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    Constantine, G.; Baker, L. J.; Taylor, N. P.

    1986-09-01

    The production of epithermal neutron beams, filtered to provide a spectrum in which a small energy range predominates, is of importance for radiobiological research and in the development and calibration of instruments for monitoring intermediate energy neutrons. The penetration characteristics of intermediate energy neutrons in tissue lead to the possibility of application in the field of neutron capture therapy if beams of sufficient intensity and adequate spectral properties can be generated. In this paper methods of utilising the 24.5 keV antiresonance in the iron neutron cross section are described, and the DENIS (depth enhanced neutron intense source) principle by which beam intensities may be optimised is explained. Calculations and experimental measurements in an in-core facility in the DIDO reactor at Harwell have indicated that a DENIS scatterer can achieve a 6-fold improvement in 24.5 keV beam intensity compared with a conventional titanium disc scatterer.

  6. Stopping powers and inelastic mean free path of 200eV-50keV electrons in polymer PMMA, PE, and PVC.

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    Tahir, Dahlang; Suarga; Sari, Nur Harmila; Yulianti

    2014-10-14

    The stopping power (SP) and inelastic mean free path (IMFP) of three polymers: polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyethylene (PE), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for electron energies from 200eV to 50keV have been determined based on dielectric models. The energy loss function (ELF) is the main input in the calculation of the SP and IMFP for the dielectric models. ELF in this study was determined from a previously published quantitative analysis of reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) spectra. The SP of PMMA, PE and PVC decreases and the IMFP increases with increasing electron energies up to 50keV. For comparison, data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) database for electron energies from 10 to 50keV were used and show that SP in this study is lowered by 10-15%. The obtained IMFP for PE was compared with those calculated using the TPP2M predictive equations and shows that a reasonable agreement with a root-mean-square (rms) is 7.01Å. The present approach has high potential for the experimental determination of SP and IMFP from the REELS spectra. PMID:25464178

  7. The Swift/Fermi GRB 080928 from 1 eV to 150 keV

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    Sonbas, Eda; Rossi, A.; Schulze, S.; Klose, S.; Kann, D. A.; Ferrero, P.; NicuesaGuelbenzu, A.; Rau, A.; Kruehler, T.; Greiner, J.; Schady, P.; Afonso, P. M. J.; Clemens, C.; Filgas, R.; KuepcuYoldas, A.; McBreen, S.; Olivares, F.; Szokoly, G.; Yoldas, A.; Krimm, H. A.; Johannesson, G.; Panaitescu, A.; Yuan, F.; Pandey, S. B.; Akerlof, C. W.

    2010-01-01

    We present the results of a comprehensive study of the Gamma-Ray Burst 080928 and of its afterglow. GRB 08092 was a long burst detected by Swift/BAT and Fermi/GBM, It is one of the exceptional cases where optical emission was already detected when the GRB itself was still radiating in the gamma-ray band. for nearly 100 seconds simultaneous optical X-ray and gamma-ray data provide a coverage of the spectral energy distribution of the transient source from about 1 eV to 150 keV. Here we analyze the prompt emission, constrain its spectral propertIes. and set lower limits on the initial Lorentz factor of the relativistic outflow, In particular. we show that the SED during the main prompt emission phase is in agreement with synchrotron radiation. We construct the optical/near-infrared light curve and the spectral energy distribution based on Swift/UVOT. ROTSE-Illa (Australia) and GROND (La Silla) data and compare it to the X-ray light curve retrieved from the Swift/XRT repository. We show that its bumpy shape can be modeled by multiple energy injections into the forward shock. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the temporal and spectral evolution of the first strong flare seen in the early X-ray light curve can be explained by large-angle emission. Finally, we report on the results of our search for the GRB host galaxy, for which only a deep upper limit can be provided.

  8. An Einstein survey of the 1 keV soft X-ray background in the Galactic plane

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    Stanford, John M.; Caillault, Jean-Pierre

    1994-01-01

    We have analyzed 56 Einstein Observatory Imaging Proportional Counter (IPC) observations within +/- 3 deg of the Galactic plane in order to determine the low-latitude soft X-ray background flux in the 0.56-1.73 keV band. Any detected X-ray point source which fell within our regions of study was removed from the image, enabling us to present maps of the background flux as a function of Galactic latitude along 18 meridians. These maps reveal considerable structure to the background in the Galactic plane on an angular scale of approximately 1 deg. Our results are compared with those of an earlier study of the 1 keV X-ray background along l = 25 deg by Kahn & Caillault. The double-peaked structure they found is not discernible in our results, possibly because of the presence of solar backscattered flux in their data. A model which takes into account contributions to the background by extragalactic and stellar sources, the distribution of both atomic and molecular absorbing material with the Galaxy, the energy dependence of the cross section for absorption of X-rays, and the energy dependence of the detector has been constructed and fitted to these new data to derive constraints on the scale height, temperature, and volume emissivity of the unaccounted-for X-ray-emitting material. The results of this model along l = 25 deg are roughly similar to those of the model of Kahn & Caillault along the same meridian.

  9. Characterization of an intense laser-produced 1 keV M-band soft x-ray source

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    Dunn, James; Cone, Kelly

    2011-10-01

    We describe an experiment to optimize M-band x-ray emission for radiation drives and back lighters on small laser facilities. An intense continuum-like source, peaked at ~1 keV, is produced by a laser-heated, mid-Z cocktail foil target. Laser energy of 10 - 45 J of 527 nm light in 230 - 450 ps (FWHM) pulse duration is focused at irradiances of 1014 - 5 x 1015 W cm-2. The observed M-shell (n = 4-3) emission from 0.5-1.5 keV is characterized by two grating spectrometers to measure space-resolved, time-resolved and absolute x-ray emission. Unresolved transition arrays are observed indicating highly ionized (at least to sulfur-like) open-shell M-band transitions. The x-ray time history is found to follow the laser drive shape indicating a highly-collisional plasma. This is supported by the observation of x-ray emission within a few 10s of microns of the target surface. The x-ray conversion efficiency is measured to be 20-50% using a calibrated spectrometer. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  10. Understanding Bright 13 keV Kr K-shell X-ray Sources at the NIF

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    May, M. J.; Colvin, J. D.; Kemp, G. E.; Fournier, K. B.; Scott, H.; Patel, M.; Barrios, Widmann; Widmann, K.

    2015-11-01

    High x-ray conversion efficiency (CE) K-shell Kr sources are being investigated for High Energy Density experiments. These sources are 4.1 mm in diameter 4.4 mm tall hollow epoxy tubes having a 40 μm thick wall holding either 1.2 or 1.5 atm of Kr gas. The CE of K-shell Kr is dependent upon the peak electron temperature in the radiating plasma. In the NIF experiments, the available energy heats the source to Te = 6-7 keV, well below the temperature of Te ~25 keV needed to optimize the Kr CE. The CE is a steep function of the peak electron temperature. A spatially averaged electron temperature can be estimated from measured He(α) and Ly(α) line ratios. Some disagreement has been observed in the simulated and measured line ratios for some of these K-shell sources. Disagreements have been observed between the simulated and measured line ratios for some of these K-shell sources. To help understand this issue, Kr gas pipes have been shot with 3 ω light at ?750 kJ at ~210, ~140 TW and ~120 TW power levels with 3.7, 5.2 and 6.7 ns pulses, respectively. The power and pulse length scaling of the measured CE and K-shell line ratios and their comparison to simulations will be discussed. This work was performed under the auspic

  11. The 3 H(d , γ) Reaction at Ec . m . <= 300 keV

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    Parker, C. E.; Brune, C. R.; Massey, T. N.; O'Donnell, J. E.; Richard, A. L.; Sayre, D. B.

    2015-04-01

    The 3 H(d , γ) 5He reaction has been measured using a 500-keV pulsed deuteron beam incident on a stopping titanium tritide target at the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory. The time-of-flight technique has been used to distinguish the γ-rays from neutrons in the bismuth germinate (BGO) γ-ray detector. A stilbene scintillator and an NE-213 scintillator have been used to detect the neutrons from the 3 H(d , n) α reaction using both the pulse-shape discrimination and time-of-flight techniques. A newly designed target holder with a silicon surface barrier detector to simultaneously measure α-particles to normalize the number of neutrons, along with a new titanium tritide target, was incorporated for subsequent measurements. The γ-rays have been measured at laboratory angles of 0 °, 45 °, 90 °, and 135 °. Information about the γ-ray energy distribution for the unbound ground state and first excited state of 5He can be obtained experimentally by comparing the BGO data to Monte Carlo simulations. The 3 H(d , γ) /3 H(d , n) branching ratio has also been measured. Data analysis is currently underway for the subsequent measurements. This work is supported in part by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. D.O.E. (NNSA) through Grant No. DE-NA0001837.

  12. Molecular secondary particle emission from molecular overlayers under 10 keV Ar + primary ion bombardment

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    Schnieders, A.; Möllers, R.; Benninghoven, A.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we focus on the matrix dependence of the secondary particle emission of the purine base adenine (C 5H 5N 5) and the aminoacid β-alanine (C 3H 7NO 2) under 10 keV Ar + primary ion bombardment. We compared the secondary neutral and secondary ion yields of these molecules sputtered from UHV-deposited molecular overlayers with varying surface coverages (sub-monolayer up to a multilayer) on various substrate materials (Si, Cu, Ni, Ag, and Au). Furthermore, we determined disappearance cross-sections of adenine and the mean kinetic energy of sputtered neutral adenine molecules. We found that secondary neutral as well as secondary ion yields for a monolayer coverage are higher than those for a multilayer coverage. The yield enhancement depends on the molecule, the substrate material, and the respective secondary particle species observed in the measurement. These results are explained by a simple model involving different matrix effects. Due to the decoupling of desorption and ionization by using laser postionization for the analysis of sputtered neutral molecules, a classification of the matrix effects into a sputter-induced matrix effect and an ionization matrix effect was possible. Whereas a sputter-induced matrix effect is found for the secondary particle emission of both molecules, adenine and β-alanine, only the secondary ion emission of β-alanine is affected by an ionization matrix effect.

  13. A DATABASE OF >20 keV ELECTRON GREEN'S FUNCTIONS OF INTERPLANETARY TRANSPORT AT 1 AU

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    Agueda, N.; Sanahuja, B.; Vainio, R.

    2012-10-15

    We use interplanetary transport simulations to compute a database of electron Green's functions, i.e., differential intensities resulting at the spacecraft position from an impulsive injection of energetic (>20 keV) electrons close to the Sun, for a large number of values of two standard interplanetary transport parameters: the scattering mean free path and the solar wind speed. The nominal energy channels of the ACE, STEREO, and Wind spacecraft have been used in the interplanetary transport simulations to conceive a unique tool for the study of near-relativistic electron events observed at 1 AU. In this paper, we quantify the characteristic times of the Green's functions (onset and peak time, rise and decay phase duration) as a function of the interplanetary transport conditions. We use the database to calculate the FWHM of the pitch-angle distributions at different times of the event and under different scattering conditions. This allows us to provide a first quantitative result that can be compared with observations, and to assess the validity of the frequently used term beam-like pitch-angle distribution.

  14. Ionization and fragmentation of cold clusters of PAH molecules - collisions with keV ions

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    Holm, A. I. S.; Zettergren, H.; Gatchell, M.; Johansson, H. A. B.; Seitz, F.; Schmidt, H. T.; Rousseau, P.; Ławicki, A.; Capron, M.; Domaracka, A.; Lattouf, E.; Maclot, S.; Maisonny, R.; Chesnel, J.-Y.; Manil, B.; Adoui, L.; Huber, B. A.; Cederquist, H.

    2012-11-01

    We discuss the ionization and fragmentation of isolated monomers and cold clusters of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules in collisions with keV ions in low or high charge states. With low charge state projectile ions, PAH cluster or monomer targets are thermally excited through electronic stopping processes directly in close peripheral or penetrating collisions while only single or few electrons are removed. With high charge state projectiles, electrons are very effectively removed from both the cluster and the monomer target already at very large distances with very little direct target heating. Singly charged and internally very hot PAH monomers are dominant fragmentation products following collisions between Xe20+ ions and PAH clusters. We suggest that this due to an unusually strong dominance of multiple-ionization over single ionization for PAH clusters interacting with highly charged ions. Here, charge and excitation energy is very rapidly redistributed within the clusters before they Coulomb explode and we suggest that these Coulomb explosions induce strong internal heating in the individual PAH molecules. We thus conclude that PAH cluster fragmentation always dominates strongly for all ionization processes regardless if these are due to interactions with ions in high or low charge states. These findings are discussed in view of simple models for cluster evaporation or single and multiple ionizations of PAH clusters.

  15. The 5-10 keV AGN luminosity function at 0.01 < z < 4.0

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    Fotopoulou, S.; Buchner, J.; Georgantopoulos, I.; Hasinger, G.; Salvato, M.; Georgakakis, A.; Cappelluti, N.; Ranalli, P.; Hsu, L. T.; Brusa, M.; Comastri, A.; Miyaji, T.; Nandra, K.; Aird, J.; Paltani, S.

    2016-03-01

    The active galactic nuclei (AGN) X-ray luminosity function traces actively accreting supermassive black holes and is essential for the study of the properties of the AGN population, black hole evolution, and galaxy-black hole coevolution. Up to now, the AGN luminosity function has been estimated several times in soft (0.5-2 keV) and hard X-rays (2-10 keV). AGN selection in these energy ranges often suffers from identification and redshift incompleteness and, at the same time, photoelectric absorption can obscure a significant amount of the X-ray radiation. We estimate the evolution of the luminosity function in the 5-10 keV band, where we effectively avoid the absorbed part of the spectrum, rendering absorption corrections unnecessary up to NH ~ 1023 cm-2. Our dataset is a compilation of six wide, and deep fields: MAXI, HBSS, XMM-COSMOS, Lockman Hole, XMM-CDFS, AEGIS-XD, Chandra-COSMOS, and Chandra-CDFS. This extensive sample of ~1110 AGN (0.01 < z < 4.0, 41 < log Lx < 46) is 98% redshift complete with 68% spectroscopic redshifts. For sources lacking a spectroscopic redshift estimation we use the probability distribution function of photometric redshift estimation specifically tuned for AGN, and a flat probability distribution function for sources with no redshift information. We use Bayesian analysis to select the best parametric model from simple pure luminosity and pure density evolution to more complicated luminosity and density evolution and luminosity-dependent density evolution (LDDE). We estimate the model parameters that describe best our dataset separately for each survey and for the combined sample. We show that, according to Bayesian model selection, the preferred model for our dataset is the LDDE. Our estimation of the AGN luminosity function does not require any assumption on the AGN absorption and is in good agreement with previous works in the 2-10 keV energy band based on X-ray hardness ratios to model the absorption in AGN up to redshift three. Our sample does not show evidence of a rapid decline of the AGN luminosity function up to redshift four.

  16. THE ORIGIN OF THE 6.4 keV LINE EMISSION AND H{sub 2} IONIZATION IN THE DIFFUSE MOLECULAR GAS OF THE GALACTIC CENTER REGION

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    Dogiel, V. A.; Chernyshov, D. O.; Tatischeff, V.; Terrier, R.

    2013-07-10

    We investigate the origin of the diffuse 6.4 keV line emission recently detected by Suzaku and the source of H{sub 2} ionization in the diffuse molecular gas of the Galactic center (GC) region. We show that Fe atoms and H{sub 2} molecules in the diffuse interstellar medium of the GC are not ionized by the same particles. The Fe atoms are most likely ionized by X-ray photons emitted by Sgr A* during a previous period of flaring activity of the supermassive black hole. The measured longitudinal intensity distribution of the diffuse 6.4 keV line emission is best explained if the past activity of Sgr A* lasted at least several hundred years and released a mean 2-100 keV luminosity {approx}> 10{sup 38} erg s{sup -1}. The H{sub 2} molecules of the diffuse gas cannot be ionized by photons from Sgr A*, because soft photons are strongly absorbed in the interstellar gas around the central black hole. The molecular hydrogen in the GC region is most likely ionized by low-energy cosmic rays, probably protons rather than electrons, whose contribution into the diffuse 6.4 keV line emission is negligible.

  17. D- PRODUCTION BY CHARGE TRANSFER OF 0.3-10 keV D+, D0, AND D- IN CESIUM, RUBIDIUM, AND SODIUM VAPOR TARGETS

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    Schlachter, A.S.; Stalder, K.R.; Stearns, J.W.

    1980-04-01

    Equilibrium charge-state fractions for 0.3-10-keV D ions and atoms in cesium-, rubidium-, and sodium-vapor targets are reported. The D{sup -} yield from charge transfer in a thick cesium-vapor target exceeds 30 percent at energies below 800 eV. The high D{sup -} yield in cesium vapor is consistent with recent calculations of the cross sections {sigma}{sub 0-} and {sigma}{sub -0} at low energies; at energies above 2.5 keV, the D{sup -} yield is consistent with our measurements of {sigma}{sub 0-} and {sigma}{sub -0}. The D{sup -} yield from charge transfer in rubidium vapor is similar to that for cesium vapor. For sodium vapor, however, there is a broad maximum of about 10 percent D{sup -} yield at about 3 keV, with slight structure at lower energies, implying structure in one of the charge-transfer cross sections.

  18. Origins of the 1/4 keV Soft X-Ray Background

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    Bellm, Eric C.; Vaillancourt, John E.

    2005-04-01

    Snowden and coworkers have presented a model for the 1/4 keV soft X-ray diffuse background in which the observed flux is dominated by a ~106 K thermal plasma located in a 100-300 pc diameter bubble surrounding the Sun but has significant contributions from a very patchy Galactic halo. Halo emission provides about 11% of the total observed flux and is responsible for half of the H I anticorrelation. The remainder of the anticorrelation is presumably produced by displacement of disk H I by the varying extent of the Local Hot Bubble (LHB). The ROSAT R1 and R2 bands used for this work had the unique spatial resolution and statistical precision required for separating the halo and local components but provide little spectral information. Some consistency checks had been made with older observations at lower X-ray energies, but we have made a careful investigation of the extent to which the model is supported by existing sounding rocket data in the Be (73-111 eV) and B (115-188 eV) bands, where the sensitivities to the model are qualitatively different from the ROSAT bands. We conclude that the two-component model is well supported by the low-energy data. We find that these combined observations of the local component may be consistent with single-temperature thermal emission models in collisional ionization equilibrium if depleted abundances are assumed. However, different model implementations give significantly different results, offering little support for the conclusion that the astrophysical situation is so simple.

  19. Study of K-line radiation of thick titanium produced in collisions of keV electrons.

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    Yadav, Namita; Bhatt, Pragya; Singh, Raj; Llovet, X; Shanker, R

    2011-10-01

    The characteristic K-line yields Y(E₀) of a pure thick titanium (Z=22) element target are measured for 8-18 keV electron impact and compared with the simulation calculations using PENELOPE code. A fair agreement between experiment and simulation results is found within the existing experimental uncertainty of measurements. The ratio F of indirectly produced characteristic Ti K X-ray yield to its total (directly+indirectly) yield is determined by employing an approximate analytical formulation of Hanson and Cowan (Hanson, H.P., Cowan, D.J., 1961. Phys. Rev. 124, 22-26). It is found that F changes strongly with impact energy E₀ for normal angle of incidence in contrast to a mild change predicted by the simulation calculations. Furthermore, experimental and simulation results for peak to effective continuum ratio R of Ti K-line are compared and discussed for the energy range of impact of the present investigation. PMID:21723738

  20. Injection and diffusive transport of suprathermal through energetic solar flare protons (35 keV to 20 MeV)

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    Beeck, J.; Mason, G. M.; Hamilton, D. C.; Marsden, R. G.; Sanderson, T. R.

    1990-01-01

    Consideration is given to the injection and interplanetary propagation of low-energy protons caused by the solar particle event of July 20, 1981, in which flare protons in the range from 35 keV to 20 MeV were observed by instruments on ISEE 3. The observed time-intensity and time-anisotropy profiles were fitted over the entire energy range using a model based on the spherically symmetric Fokker-Plank equation, including convection, diffusion, and adiabatic deceleration. The results are used to discuss the behavior of the radial interplanetary diffusion coefficient and the scattering mean free path for protons. Also, evidence is found for diffusive coronal shock acceleration of protons during the event.

  1. INTEGRAL Observations of the Galactic 511 keV Emission and MeV Gamma-ray Astrophysics

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    Watanabe, Ken

    2005-01-01

    Although there are a number of interesting phenomena, such as Nucleosynthesis in stars, in the MeV energy region, the observations have been difficult due to a small signal to noise (background) ratio (less than 1%). While NASA's Compton Gamma-ray Observatory (CGRO) enabled us to explore the Gamma-ray universe, ESA's INTEGRAL mission, launched in 2002, is providing us more detailed information with its superior energy and angular resolution. We will briefly discuss some of the current issues in MeV Gamma-ray Astrophysics. Then, we will focus on the Galactic 511 keV emission with the latest INTEGRAL observations, and talk about challenges we currently have.

  2. AMANDE: a new facility for monoenergetic neutron fields production between 2 keV and 20 MeV.

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    Gressier, V; Guerre-Chaley, J F; Lacoste, V; Lebreton, L; Pelcot, G; Pochat, J L; Bolognese-Milstajn, T; Champion, D

    2004-01-01

    The variation of the response of the instruments with the neutron energy has to be determined in well-characterized monoenergetic neutron fields. The AMANDE facility will deliver such neutron fields between 2 keV and 20 MeV in an experimental hall designed with metallic walls for neutron scattering minimisation. The neutrons will be produced by nuclear interaction of accelerated protons or deuterons on thin targets of selected materials. The measuring devices to be characterised will be accurately placed with a fully automated detector transport system. The energy of the neutron field will be validated by time-of-flight experiments and a large set of standard detectors and fluence monitors will be used to determine the neutron fluence references. The scattered neutron fluence and dose equivalent were calculated by the MCNP Monte Carlo code at several measuring points in order to determine their contribution to the neutron field. PMID:15353620

  3. A laboratory 8 keV transmission full-field x-ray microscope with a polycapillary as condenser for bright and dark field imaging

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    Baumbach, S.; Kanngießer, B.; Malzer, W.; Stiel, H.; Wilhein, T.

    2015-08-01

    This article introduces a laboratory setup of a transmission full-field x-ray microscope at 8 keV photon energy. The microscope operates in bright and dark field imaging mode with a maximum field of view of 50 μm. Since the illumination geometry determines whether the sample is illuminated homogeneously and moreover, if different imaging methods can be applied, the condenser optic is one of the most significant parts. With a new type of x-ray condenser, a polycapillary optic, we realized bright field imaging and for the first time dark field imaging at 8 keV photon energy in a laboratory setup. A detector limited spatial resolution of 210 nm is measured on x-ray images of Siemens star test patterns.

  4. Electron collisional detachment processes for a 250 keV D/sup -/ ion beam in a partially ionized hydrogen target

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    Savas, S.E.

    1980-09-01

    Neutral atom beams with energies above 200 keV may be required for various purposes in magnetic fusion devices following TFTR, JET and MFTF-B. These beams can be produced much more efficiently by electron detachment from negative ion beams than by electron capture by positive ions. We have investigated the efficiency with which such neutral atoms can be produced by electron detachment in partially ionized hydrogen plasma neutralizers.

  5. Alignment of the 1s2p vacancy states of Ne doubly ionized by 700-2000-keV proton impact

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    Takcs, E.; Ricz, S.; Vgh, J.; Kdr, I.; Plinks, J.; Sulik, B.; Tth, L.; Bernyi, D.; Kabachnik, N. M.

    1994-08-01

    The angular distribution of KL23-LLL23 Auger electrons emitted from the decay of 1s2p vacancy states of Ne doubly ionized by 700-2000-keV protons has been measured. From the measured anisotropy of the Auger lines the alignment of the double-vacancy states has been deduced. Our data compared with different theories indicate that the shake-off plays an important role in the double-ionization process at these energies.

  6. Microcollimator for micrometer-wide stripe irradiation of cells using 20-30 keV X rays.

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    Pataky, Kristopher; Villanueva, Guillermo; Liani, Andre; Zgheib, Omar; Jenkins, Nathan; Halazonetis, Demetrios J; Halazonetis, Thanos D; Brugger, Juergen

    2009-08-01

    Abstract Pataky, K., Villanueva, G., Liani, A., Zgheib, O., Jenkins, N., Halazonetis, D. J., Halazonetis, T. D. and Brugger, J. Microcollimator for Micrometer-Wide Stripe Irradiation of Cells Using 20-30 keV X Rays. Radiat. Res. 172, 252-259 (2009). The exposure of subnuclear compartments of cells to ionizing radiation is currently not trivial. We describe here a collimator for micrometer-wide stripe irradiation designed to work with conventional high-voltage X-ray tubes and cells cultured on standard glass cover slips. The microcollimator was fabricated by high-precision silicon micromachining and consists of X-ray absorbing chips with grooves of highly controlled depths, between 0.5-10 microm, along their surfaces. These grooves form X-ray collimating slits when the chips are stacked against each other. The use of this device for radiation biology was examined by irradiating human cells with X rays having energies between 20-30 keV. After irradiation, p53 binding protein 1 (53BP1), a nuclear protein that is recruited at sites of DNA double-strand breaks, clustered in lines corresponding to the irradiated stripes. PMID:19630530

  7. Angular scattering of 1–50 keV ions through graphene and thin carbon foils: Potential applications for space plasma instrumentation

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    Ebert, Robert W.; Allegrini, Frédéric; Fuselier, Stephen A.; Nicolaou, Georgios; Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249 ; Bedworth, Peter; Sinton, Steve; Trattner, Karlheinz J.; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, 1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80303

    2014-03-15

    We present experimental results for the angular scattering of ∼1–50 keV H, He, C, O, N, Ne, and Ar ions transiting through graphene foils and compare them with scattering through nominal ∼0.5 μg cm{sup −2} carbon foils. Thin carbon foils play a critical role in time-of-flight ion mass spectrometers and energetic neutral atom sensors in space. These instruments take advantage of the charge exchange and secondary electron emission produced as ions or neutral atoms transit these foils. This interaction also produces angular scattering and energy straggling for the incident ion or neutral atom that acts to decrease the performance of a given instrument. Our results show that the angular scattering of ions through graphene is less pronounced than through the state-of-the-art 0.5 μg cm{sup −2} carbon foils used in space-based particle detectors. At energies less than 50 keV, the scattering angle half width at half maximum, ψ{sub 1/2}, for ∼3–5 atoms thick graphene is up to a factor of 3.5 smaller than for 0.5 μg cm{sup −2} (∼20 atoms thick) carbon foils. Thus, graphene foils have the potential to improve the performance of space-based plasma instruments for energies below ∼50 keV.

  8. Steady State Sputtering Yields and Surface Compositions of Depleted Uranium and Uranium Carbide bombarded by 30 keV Gallium or 16 keV Cesium Ions.

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    Siekhaus, W. J.; Teslich, N. E.; Weber, P. K.

    2014-10-23

    Depleted uranium that included carbide inclusions was sputtered with 30-keV gallium ions or 16-kev cesium ions to depths much greater than the ions’ range, i.e. using steady-state sputtering. The recession of both the uranium’s and uranium carbide’s surfaces and the ion corresponding fluences were used to determine the steady-state target sputtering yields of both uranium and uranium carbide, i.e. 6.3 atoms of uranium and 2.4 units of uranium carbide eroded per gallium ion, and 9.9 uranium atoms and 3.65 units of uranium carbide eroded by cesium ions. The steady state surface composition resulting from the simultaneous gallium or cesium implantation and sputter-erosion of uranium and uranium carbide were calculated to be U₈₆Ga₁₄, (UC)₇₀Ga₃₀ and U₈₁Cs₉, (UC)₇₉Cs₂₁, respectively.

  9. Energetic Neutral Atom Spectra in the 0.2-3.0 keV from a Residual Source Across the Sky Obtained by the Neutral Particle Detector on board Venus Express

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    Brandt, Pontus; Roelof, Edmond; Wurz, Peter; Decker, Robert; Barabash, Stas; Bazell, David; Sotirelis, Thomas

    We have surveyed the sky for residual energetic neutral atom (ENA) signals in the energy range of 0.2-3.0 keV [Brandt et al., AIP Proceedings, 2009]. Approximately three years of data obtained by the Neutral Particle Detector (NPD) on board Venus Express (VEX) from May 2006 through August 2009 have been analyzed. After applying strict viewing criteria to minimize all known signals and subtracting the UV background from the Milky Way, we find a residual energy spectral shape with a ledge/bump at around 0.5 keV and a break in the spectral slope at about 1.0 keV, reiminiscent of the spectral shape obtained in reverse shocks. The ledge/bump at about 0.5 keV appears consistent with twice the plasma flow velocity obtained by the V1 measurements in the inner HS. When the ENA spectrum is divided by the energy dependent charge exchange cross section its slope above 1 keV has a spectral power-law index of 1.5, with some variations across the sky. In order to better understand the spectral shape over an extended energy range we compare the spectra obtained by VEX/NPD with the ones reported by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) [Funsten et al., Science, 2009], by the Ion Neutral Camera (INCA) on board Cassini [Krimigis et al., Science, 2009]and with those measured in-situ in the inner heliosheath (HS) by the Low-Energy Charged Particle (LECP) instrument (>40 keV) on board Voyager-1 (V1).

  10. WE-E-BRE-08: Impact of IUdR in Rat 9L Glioma Cell Survival for 25–35 KeV Photo-Activated Auger Electron Therapy

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    Alvarez, D; Hogstrom, K; Brown, T; Dugas, J; Varnes, M; Matthews, K

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To determine the biological effect from Auger electrons with 9% and 18% iododeoxyuridine (IUdR) incorporated into the DNA of rat 9L glioma cells at photon energies above and below the K-edge of iodine (33.2 keV). Methods: Rat 9L glioma cell survival versus dose curves with 0%, 9%, and 18% thymidine replacement with IUdR were measured using four irradiation energies (4 MV x-rays; monochromatic 35, 30, and 25 keV synchrotron photons). For each of 11 conditions (Energy, %IUdR) survival curves were fit to the data (826 cell cultures) using the linear-quadratic model. The ratio of doses resulting in 10% survival gave sensitization enhancement ratios (SER10) from which contributions due to linear-energy transfer (LET), radiosensitization (RS), and Auger effect (AE) were extracted. Results: At 35, 30, and 25 keV, SER10,LET values were 1.08±0.03, 1.22±0.02, and 1.37±0.02, respectively. At 4 MV SER10,RS values for 9% and 18% IUdR were 1.28±0.02 and 1.40±0.02, respectively. Assuming LET effects are independent of %IUdR and radiosensitization effects are independent of energy, SER10,AE values for 18% IUdR at 35, 30, and 25 keV were 1.35±0.05, 1.06±0.03, and 0.98±0.03, respectively; values for 9% IUdR at 35 and 25 keV were 1.01±0.04 and 0.82±0.02, respectively. Conclusion: For 18% IUdR the radiosensitization effect of 1.40 and the Auger effect of 1.35 at 35 keV are equally important to the combined effect of 1.90. No measureable Auger effect was observed for energies below the K-edge at 20 and 25 keV, as expected. The insignificant Auger effect at 9% IUdR was not expected. Additional data (40–70 keV) and radiobiological modeling are being acquired to better understand the energy dependence of Auger electron therapy with IUdR. Funding support in part by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and in part by Contract No. W81XWH-10-1-0005 awarded by the U.S. Army Research Acquisition Activity. This paper does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

  11. Evaluation of the 1077 keV γ-ray emission probability from 68Ga decay

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    Huang, Xiao-Long; Jiang, Li-Yang; Chen, Xiong-Jun; Chen, Guo-Chang

    2014-04-01

    68Ga decays to the excited states of 68Zn through the electron capture decay mode. New recommended values for the emission probability of 1077 keV γ-ray given by the ENSDF and DDEP databases all use data from absolute measurements. In 2011, JIANG Li-Yang deduced a new value for 1077 keV γ-ray emission probability by measuring the 69Ga(n,2n) 68Ga reaction cross section. The new value is about 20% lower than values obtained from previous absolute measurements and evaluations. In this paper, the discrepancies among the measurements and evaluations are analyzed carefully and the new values are re-recommended. Our recommended value for the emission probability of 1077 keV γ-ray is (2.72±0.16)%.

  12. Hydrogenation kinetics in oxidized boron-doped silicon irradiated by keV electrons

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    Lin, Wallace Wan-Li; Sah, Chih-Tang

    1988-08-01

    Hydrogenation kinetics of boron acceptors in oxidized silicon during and after repeated 8-keV electron irradiation (225-2700-μC/cm2 stresses and 10-168-h interirradiation anneals) at room temperature are reported. Hydrogenation proceeds rapidly during irradiation but continues for many hours after the 8-keV electron beam is removed. Postoxidation process dependencies show that postoxidation and postmetallization annealing processes reduce the hydrogenation effect during the 8-keV electron irradiation, while exposure of the oxide to water prior to aluminum electrode deposition enhances it. The data can be interpreted by our two-reaction model consisting of the hydrogen capture reaction by the boron acceptor and the hydrogen recombination reaction to form hydrogen molecule.

  13. The BeppoSAX 0.1-18 keV spectrum of the bright atoll source GX 9+1: an indication of the source distance

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    Iaria, R.; di Salvo, T.; Robba, N. R.; Lavagetto, G.; Burderi, L.; Stella, L.; van der Klis, M.

    2005-08-01

    We report the results of a long, 350 ks, BeppoSAX observation of the bright atoll source GX 9+1 in the 0.12-18 keV energy range. During this observation GX 9+1 showed a large count rate variability in its lightcurve. From its color-color diagram we selected six zones and extracted the source energy spectrum from each zone. We find that the model, composed of a blackbody plus a Comptonized component absorbed by an equivalent hydrogen column of ~1.4 × 1022 cm-2, fits the spectra in the energy range 1-18 keV well; however, below 1 keV a soft excess is present. We find that the spectrum of GX 9+1, in the 0.12-18 keV energy range, is well fitted by the model above, if we use an equivalent hydrogen column of ~0.8 × 1022 cm-2, together with several absorption edges from ionized matter (O VII, O VIII, Ne IX, Ar XVII, and Ca XX) and an absorption line from Si XIV. From the study of these features we deduce that the electron density of the plasma and the equivalent hydrogen column density associated with the ionized matter is ~1012 cm-3 and ~1023 cm-2, respectively, at a distance from the central object of r ˜ 1011 cm, while at larger distances the equivalent hydrogen column density associated to the ionized matter decreases down to ~1022 cm-2. The value of the equivalent hydrogen column of ~0.8 × 1022 cm-2 associated to the interstellar matter implies that GX 9+1 is at a distance of 5 kpc, and not 8.5-10 kpc as usually assumed. This result implies that the atoll source GX 9+1 does not emit at the Eddington limit, as supposed until now, but has a luminosity of 6 × 1037 erg/s in the 0.1-18 keV energy range, typical of LMXBs belonging to the bright atoll class.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulations of sputtering of Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers by keV C60 projectiles

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    Paruch, R.; Rzeznik, L.; Czerwinski, B.; Garrison, B. J.; Winograd, N.; Postawa, Z.

    2009-01-01

    Coarse-grained molecular dynamics computer simulations are applied to investigate fundamental processes induced by an impact of keV C60 projectile at an organic overlayer composed of long, well-organized linear molecules. The energy transfer pathways, sputtering yields, and the damage induced in the irradiated system, represented by a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) multilayers composed from molecules of bariated arachidic acid, are investigated as a function of the kinetic energy and impact angle of the projectile and the thickness of the organic system. In particular, the unique challenges of depth profiling through a LB film vs. a more isotropic solid are discussed. The results indicate that the trajectories of projectile fragments and, consequently, the primary energy can be channeled by the geometrical structure of the overlayer. Although, a similar process is known from sputtering of single crystals by atomic projectiles, it has not been anticipated to occur during C60 bombardment due to the large size of the projectile. An open and ordered molecular structure of LB films is responsible for such behavior. Both the extent of damage and the efficiency of sputtering depend on the kinetic energy, the impact angle, and the layer thickness. The results indicate that the best depth profiling conditions can be achieved with low-energy cluster projectiles irradiating the organic overlayer at large off-normal angles. PMID:20174461

  15. Measurement of the 183 keV Resonance in 17O(p,alpha)14N using a Novel Technique

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    Moazen, Brian H; Bardayan, Daniel W; Blackmon, Jeff C; Chae, Kyung Yuk; Chipps, Kelly A; Domizioli, Carlo P; Fitzgerald, Ryan; Greife, Uwe; Hix, William Raphael; Grzywacz-Jones, Kate L; KOZUB, RAYMOND L; Lingerfelt, Eric J; Livesay, Jake; Nesaraja, Caroline D; Pain, Steven D; Roberts, Luke F; Shriner, Jr., John F; Smith, Michael Scott; Thomas, Jeffrey S

    2007-01-01

    We have developed a novel technique for measurements of low energy (p,alpha) reactions using heavy ion beams and a differentially-pumped windowless gas target. We applied this new approach to study the 183 keV resonance in the 17O(p,alpha)14}N reaction. We report a resonance energy (center-of-mass) of 183.5{+0.1}{-0.4} keV, a resonance strength of 1.70 +/- 0.15 meV, and set an upper limit (95\\% confidence) on the total width of the state of < 0.1 keV. This resonance is important for the 17O(p,alpha)14}N reaction rate, and we find that 18F production is significantly decreased in low mass ONeMg novae but less affected in more energetic novae. We also report the first determination of the stopping power for oxygen ions in hydrogen gas near the peak of the Bragg curve (E=193 keV/u) to be (63+/-1)e-15 eV-cm2.

  16. 3.55 keV line in minimal decaying dark matter scenarios

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    Arcadi, Giorgio; Covi, Laura; Dradi, Federico

    2015-07-20

    We investigate the possibility of reproducing the recently reported 3.55 keV line in some simple decaying dark matter scenarios. In all cases a keV scale decaying DM is coupled with a scalar field charged under SM gauge interactions and thus capable of pair production at the LHC. We will investigate how the demand of a DM lifetime compatible with the observed signal, combined with the requirement of the correct DM relic density through the freeze-in mechanism, impacts the prospects of observation at the LHC of the decays of the scalar field.

  17. Realistic Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter with KeV Mass does not Contradict Cosmological Bounds

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    Boyarsky, Alexey; Lesgourgues, Julien; Ruchayskiy, Oleg

    2009-05-22

    Previous fits of sterile neutrino dark matter (DM) models to cosmological data ruled out masses smaller than {approx}8 keV, assuming a production mechanism that is not the best motivated from a particle physics point of view. Here we focus on a realistic extension of the standard model with three sterile neutrinos, consistent with neutrino oscillation data and baryogenesis, with the lightest sterile neutrino being the DM particle. We show that for each mass {>=}2 keV there exists at least one model accounting for 100% of DM and consistent with Lyman-{alpha} and other cosmological, astrophysical, and particle physics data.

  18. Implantation-induced nonequilibrium reaction between Zn ions of 60 keV and SiO{sub 2} target

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    Amekura, H.; Yoshitake, M.; Plaksin, O. A.; Kishimoto, N.; Buchal, Ch.; Mantl, S.

    2007-08-06

    Silica glass (SiO{sub 2}) was implanted with 60 keV Zn{sup +} ions to a fluence of 1.0x10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}, and the chemical states were investigated along the depth in as-implanted state by x-ray excited Auger electron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The metallic Zn and Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phases were found to have, respectively, formed in the shallow and deep regions of the SiO{sub 2}, whereas thermodynamics predicts the Zn phase only. Oxygen atoms in SiO{sub 2} are preferentially displaced to the deeper region because of the lighter mass. The excess oxygen in the deep region and athermal energy from the implantation drive the formation of Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}.

  19. Experimental investigations of multiple scattering of 662keV gamma photons in elements and binary alloys.

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    Singh, Gurvinderjit; Singh, Manpreet; Sandhu, B S; Singh, Bhajan

    2008-08-01

    The energy, intensity and angular distributions of multiple scattering of 662 keV gamma photons, emerging from targets of pure elements and binary alloys, are observed as a function of target thickness in reflection and transmission geometries. The observed spectra recorded by a properly shielded NaI (Tl) scintillation detector, in addition to singly scattered events, consist of photons scattered more than once for thick targets. To extract the contribution of multiply scattered photons from the measured spectra, a singly scattered distribution is reconstructed analytically. We observe that the numbers of multiply scattered events increase with increase in target thickness, and saturate for a particular thickness called saturation thickness. The saturation thickness decreases with increasing atomic number. The multiple scattering, an interfering background noise in Compton profiles and Compton cross-section measurements, has been successfully used as a new technique to assign the "effective atomic number" to binary alloys. Monte Carlo calculations support the present experimental results. PMID:18313314

  20. Effective atomic number of composite materials for Compton effect in the gamma ray region 280-1115 keV.

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    Kumar, S Prasanna; Umesh, T K

    2010-12-01

    In this paper, we report the effective atomic number, Z(eff), of composite materials for Compton effect in the gamma ray region 280-1115 keV based on the theoretically obtained Klein-Nishina scattering cross sections in the angular range 50-100° as well as experimentally measured differential incoherent (Compton) scattering cross sections of some composite materials at three scattering angles of 60°, 80°, and 100°. The Z(eff) values so obtained were found to be both angle and energy independent in the region of interest so that it could be concluded that it is possible to represent such composite materials by a mean atomic number in this region as suggested in earlier reports recently. PMID:20702099

  1. The search for absorption of 1 keV X-rays by the Small Magellanic Cloud

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    Marazas, Brad

    1989-01-01

    The contribution of the extragalactic component of the diffuse background to the 1 keV energy band remains unknown. An effective way to ascertain this contribution is to measure the absorption of the extragalactic component by the neutral hydrogen in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) with an instrument capable of eliminating point sources from the X-ray data that compensate for absorption. The image proportional counter data from the Einstein observatory can be used for this purpose. Additionally, any extended emission must also be eliminated. The resulting source free data can be compared to the neutral hydrogen and the amount of absorption can then be obtained when compared to the diffuse flux away from the SMC. However, due to other types of radiation contaminating the X-ray data, a true measure of the X-ray absorption was not obtained.

  2. The {sup 14}C(n,{gamma}) cross section between 10 keV and 1 MeV

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    Reifarth, R.; Couture, A.; Haight, R. C.; Rundberg, R. S.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Heil, M.; Dababneh, S.; Kaeppeler, F.; Plag, R.; Forssen, C.; Besserer, U.; Doerr, L.; Goerres, J.; O'Brien, S.; Wiescher, M.; Mengoni, A.; Patronis, N.

    2008-01-15

    The neutron capture cross section of {sup 14}C is of relevance for several nucleosynthesis scenarios such as inhomogeneous Big Bang models, neutron induced CNO cycles, and neutrino driven wind models for the r process. The {sup 14}C(n,{gamma}) reaction is also important for the validation of the Coulomb dissociation method, where the (n,{gamma}) cross section can be indirectly obtained via the time-reversed process. So far, the example of {sup 14}C is the only case with neutrons where both, direct measurement and indirect Coulomb dissociation, have been applied. Unfortunately, the interpretation is obscured by discrepancies between several experiments and theory. Therefore, we report on new direct measurements of the {sup 14}C(n,{gamma}) reaction with neutron energies ranging from 20 to 800 keV.

  3. Constraints on the presence of a 3.5 keV dark matter emission line from Chandra observations of the Galactic centre

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    Riemer-Sørensen, Signe

    2016-05-01

    Context. Recent findings of line emission at 3.5 keV in both individual and stacked X-ray spectra of galaxy clusters have been speculated to have dark matter origin. Aims: If the origin is indeed dark matter, the emission line is expected to be detectable from the Milky Way dark matter halo. Methods: We perform a line search in public Chandra X-ray observations of the region near Sgr A*. We derive upper limits on the line emission flux for the 2.0-9.0 keV energy interval and discuss their potential physical interpretations including various scenarios of decaying and annihilating dark matter. Results: While we find no clear evidence for its presence, the upper flux limits are not inconsistent with the recent detections for conservative mass profiles of the Milky Way. Conclusions: The results depend mildly on the spectral modelling, and strongly on the choice of dark matter profile.

  4. Dwarf galaxy γ-excess and 3.55 keV X-ray line in a nonthermal Dark Matter model

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    Biswas, Anirban; Majumdar, Debasish; Roy, Probir

    2016-01-01

    Recent data from Reticulum II (RetII) require the energy range of the FermiLAT γ-excess to be ∼2\\text-10 \\text{GeV} . We adjust our unified nonthermal Dark Matter (DM) model to accommodate this. We have two extra scalars beyond the Standard Model to also explain the 3.55 keV X-ray line. Now the mass of the heavier of them has to be increased to lie around 250 GeV, while that of the lighter one remains at 7.1 keV. This requires a new seed mechanism for the γ-excess and new Boltzmann equations for the generation of the DM relic density. All concerned data for RetII and the X-ray line can now be fitted well and consistency with other indirect limits attained.

  5. New limit on the mass of 14.4-keV solar axions emitted in an M1 transition in {sup 57}Fe nuclei

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    Derbin, A. V. Muratova, V. N.; Semenov, D. A.; Unzhakov, E. V.

    2011-04-15

    Axions of energy 14.4 keV that originated from the M1 transition in {sup 57}Fe nuclei in the Sun were sought by using the resonance-absorption reaction A+{sup 57}Fe {yields} {sup 57}Fe* {yields} {sup 57}Fe+{gamma} (14.4 keV). Asectioned Si(Li) detector arranged in a low-background facility was used to record photons from this reaction. This resulted in setting a new limit on the axion couplings to nucleons, vertical bar -1.19g{sub AN}{sup 0} + g{sub AN}{sup 3} vertical bar {<=} 3.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6}. Within the hadronic-axion model, the respective constraint on the axion mass is m{sub A} {<=} 145 eV (at a 95% C.L.).

  6. Properties of the 5{sup -} state at 839 keV in {sup 176}Lu and the s-process branching at A=176

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    Mohr, P.; Bisterzo, S.; Gallino, R.; Kaeppeler, F.; Kneissl, U.; Winckler, N.

    2009-04-15

    The s-process branching at mass number A=176 depends on the coupling between the high-K ground state and a low-lying low-K isomer in {sup 176}Lu. This coupling is based on electromagnetic transitions via intermediate states at higher energies. The properties of the lowest experimentally confirmed intermediate state at 839 keV are reviewed, and the transition rate between low-K and high-K states under stellar conditions is calculated on the basis of new experimental data for the 839-keV state. Properties of further candidates for intermediate states are briefly analyzed. It is found that the coupling between the high-K ground state and the low-K isomer in {sup 176}Lu is at least one order of magnitude stronger than previously assumed, leading to crucial consequences for the interpretation of the {sup 176}Lu/{sup 176}Hf pair as an s-process thermometer.

  7. Revisiting the relationship between 6 μm and 2-10 keV continuum luminosities of AGN

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    Mateos, S.; Carrera, F. J.; Alonso-Herrero, A.; Rovilos, E.; Hernán-Caballero, A.; Barcons, X.; Blain, A.; Caccianiga, A.; Della Ceca, R.; Severgnini, P.

    2015-05-01

    We have determined the relation between the AGN luminosities at rest-frame 6 μm associated with the dusty torus emission and at 2-10 keV energies using a complete, X-ray-flux-limited sample of 232 AGN drawn from the Bright Ultra-hard XMM-Newton Survey. The objects have intrinsic X-ray luminosities between 1042 and 1046 erg s-1 and redshifts from 0.05 to 2.8. The rest-frame 6 μm luminosities were computed using data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and are based on a spectral energy distribution decomposition into AGN and galaxy emission. The best-fitting relationship for the full sample is consistent with being linear, L6 μm ∝ L_{2-10 keV}^{0.99± 0.03}, with intrinsic scatter, Δ log L6 μm ˜ 0.35 dex. The L_{6 μ m}/L_{2-10 keV} luminosity ratio is largely independent of the line-of-sight X-ray absorption. Assuming a constant X-ray bolometric correction, the fraction of AGN bolometric luminosity reprocessed in the mid-IR decreases weakly, if at all, with the AGN luminosity, a finding at odds with simple receding torus models. Type 2 AGN have redder mid-IR continua at rest-frame wavelengths <12 μm and are overall ˜1.3-2 times fainter at 6 μm than type 1 AGN at a given X-ray luminosity. Regardless of whether type 1 and type 2 AGN have the same or different nuclear dusty toroidal structures, our results imply that the AGN emission at rest-frame 6 μm is not isotropic due to self-absorption in the dusty torus, as predicted by AGN torus models. Thus, AGN surveys at rest-frame ˜6 μm are subject to modest dust obscuration biases.

  8. A possible cyclotron resonance scattering feature near 0.7 keV in X1822-371

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    Iaria, R.; Di Salvo, T.; Matranga, M.; Galiano, C. G.; D'Aí, A.; Riggio, A.; Burderi, L.; Sanna, A.; Ferrigno, C.; Del Santo, M.; Pintore, F.; Robba, N. R.

    2015-05-01

    Context. The source X1822-371 is a low-mass X-ray binary system (LMXB) viewed at a high inclination angle. It hosts a neutron star with a spin period of ~0.59 s, and recently, the spin period derivative was estimated to be (-2.43 ± 0.05) × 10-12 s/s. Aims: Our aim is to address the origin of the large residuals below 0.8 keV previously observed in the XMM/EPIC-pn spectrum of X1822-371. Methods: We analyse all available X-ray observations of X1822-371 made with XMM-Newton, Chandra, Suzaku and INTEGRAL satellites. The observations were not simultaneous. The Suzaku and INTEGRAL broad band energy coverage allows us to constrain the spectral shape of the continuum emission well. We use the model already proposed for this source, consisting of a Comptonised component absorbed by interstellar matter and partially absorbed by local neutral matter, and we added a Gaussian feature in absorption at ~0.7 keV. This addition significantly improves the fit and flattens the residuals between 0.6 and 0.8 keV. Results: We interpret the Gaussian feature in absorption as a cyclotron resonant scattering feature (CRSF) produced close to the neutron star surface and derive the magnetic field strength at the surface of the neutron star, (8.8 ± 0.3) × 1010 G for a radius of 10 km. We derive the pulse period in the EPIC-pn data to be 0.5928850(6) s and estimate that the spin period derivative of X1822-371 is (-2.55 ± 0.03) × 10-12 s/s using all available pulse period measurements. Assuming that the intrinsic luminosity of X1822-371 is at the Eddington limit and using the values of spin period and spin period derivative of the source, we constrain the neutron star and companion star masses. We find the neutron star and the companion star masses to be 1.69 ± 0.13 M⊙ and 0.46 ± 0.02 M⊙, respectively, for a neutron star radius of 10 km. Conclusions: In a self-consistent scenario in which X1822-371 is spinning-up and accretes at the Eddington limit, we estimate that the magnetic field of the neutron star is (8.8 ± 0.3) × 1010 G for a neutron star radius of 10 km. If our interpretation is correct, the Gaussian absorption feature near 0.7 keV is the very first detection of a CRSF below 1 keV in a LMXB.

  9. Influence of organic ions on DNA damage induced by 1 eV to 60 keV electrons

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    Zheng, Yi; Sanche, Léon

    2010-10-01

    We report the results of a study on the influence of organic salts on the induction of single strand breaks (SSBs) and double strand breaks (DSBs) in DNA by electrons of 1 eV to 60 keV. Plasmid DNA films are prepared with two different concentrations of organic salts, by varying the amount of the TE buffer (Tris-HCl and EDTA) in the films with ratio of 1:1 and 6:1 Tris ions to DNA nucleotide. The films are bombarded with electrons of 1, 10, 100, and 60 000 eV under vacuum. The damage to the 3197 base-pair plasmid is analyzed ex vacuo by agarose gel electrophoresis. The highest yields are reached at 100 eV and the lowest ones at 60 keV. The ratios of SSB to DSB are surprisingly low at 10 eV (˜4.3) at both salt concentrations, and comparable to the ratios measured with 100 eV electrons. At all characteristic electron energies, the yields of SSB and DSB are found to be higher for the DNA having the lowest salt concentration. However, the organic salts are more efficient at protecting DNA against the damage induced by 1 and 10 eV electrons. DNA damage and protection by organic ions are discussed in terms of mechanisms operative at each electron energy. It is suggested that these ions create additional electric fields within the groove of DNA, which modify the resonance parameter of 1 and 10 eV electrons, namely, by reducing the electron capture cross-section of basic DNA units and the lifetime of corresponding transient anions. An interstrand electron transfer mechanism is proposed to explain the low ratios for the yields of SSB to those of DSB produced by 10 eV electrons.

  10. Influence of organic ions on DNA damage induced by 1 eV to 60 keV electrons.

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    Zheng, Yi; Sanche, Léon

    2010-10-21

    We report the results of a study on the influence of organic salts on the induction of single strand breaks (SSBs) and double strand breaks (DSBs) in DNA by electrons of 1 eV to 60 keV. Plasmid DNA films are prepared with two different concentrations of organic salts, by varying the amount of the TE buffer (Tris-HCl and EDTA) in the films with ratio of 1:1 and 6:1 Tris ions to DNA nucleotide. The films are bombarded with electrons of 1, 10, 100, and 60 000 eV under vacuum. The damage to the 3197 base-pair plasmid is analyzed ex vacuo by agarose gel electrophoresis. The highest yields are reached at 100 eV and the lowest ones at 60 keV. The ratios of SSB to DSB are surprisingly low at 10 eV (∼4.3) at both salt concentrations, and comparable to the ratios measured with 100 eV electrons. At all characteristic electron energies, the yields of SSB and DSB are found to be higher for the DNA having the lowest salt concentration. However, the organic salts are more efficient at protecting DNA against the damage induced by 1 and 10 eV electrons. DNA damage and protection by organic ions are discussed in terms of mechanisms operative at each electron energy. It is suggested that these ions create additional electric fields within the groove of DNA, which modify the resonance parameter of 1 and 10 eV electrons, namely, by reducing the electron capture cross-section of basic DNA units and the lifetime of corresponding transient anions. An interstrand electron transfer mechanism is proposed to explain the low ratios for the yields of SSB to those of DSB produced by 10 eV electrons. PMID:20969428

  11. Evidence for Halo Contributions to the 1/4 keV Diffuse Soft X-Ray Background

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    Bellm, E. C.

    2003-12-01

    The 1/4-keV diffuse soft X-ray background (SXRB) apparently originates in a thermal plasma at around 106 K, but the location of this emission has proven to be difficult to determine. The finite flux in the Galactic plane and similarity of the spectrum at all latitudes led to a model where essentially all of the observed flux originated in a local hot bubble (LHB) surrounding the Sun. Snowden et al. (1998) have proposed a three-component model of the SXRB from the ROSAT All-Sky Survey R12 (1/4 keV) map which consists of an unabsorbed local component, an absorbed halo component, and an absorbed power law to represent the known contribution from AGN, which is quite small. We have investigated whether this model is consistent with the lower-energy data available from sounding rocket flights in the B and Be bands. We find that the Snowden model provides better correspondence with the low-energy Wisconsin bands than the pure LHB model. The differences are subtle because the bulk of the intensity variation in the Snowden model is still due to differences in the extent of the local bubble. We have also investigated whether the observed band ratios are fit by the emission models used. We find that with current collisional ionization equilibrium models, depleted abundances are necessary to be consistent with the observed band ratios. We also show that the model predictions depend strongly on the model version, which does little to lend confidence to their predictions. This work was supported by a NSF-REU site grant (AST-0139563) to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  12. Influence of organic ions on DNA damage induced by 1 eV to 60 keV electrons

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    Zheng Yi; Sanche, Leon

    2010-10-21

    We report the results of a study on the influence of organic salts on the induction of single strand breaks (SSBs) and double strand breaks (DSBs) in DNA by electrons of 1 eV to 60 keV. Plasmid DNA films are prepared with two different concentrations of organic salts, by varying the amount of the TE buffer (Tris-HCl and EDTA) in the films with ratio of 1:1 and 6:1 Tris ions to DNA nucleotide. The films are bombarded with electrons of 1, 10, 100, and 60 000 eV under vacuum. The damage to the 3197 base-pair plasmid is analyzed ex vacuo by agarose gel electrophoresis. The highest yields are reached at 100 eV and the lowest ones at 60 keV. The ratios of SSB to DSB are surprisingly low at 10 eV ({approx}4.3) at both salt concentrations, and comparable to the ratios measured with 100 eV electrons. At all characteristic electron energies, the yields of SSB and DSB are found to be higher for the DNA having the lowest salt concentration. However, the organic salts are more efficient at protecting DNA against the damage induced by 1 and 10 eV electrons. DNA damage and protection by organic ions are discussed in terms of mechanisms operative at each electron energy. It is suggested that these ions create additional electric fields within the groove of DNA, which modify the resonance parameter of 1 and 10 eV electrons, namely, by reducing the electron capture cross-section of basic DNA units and the lifetime of corresponding transient anions. An interstrand electron transfer mechanism is proposed to explain the low ratios for the yields of SSB to those of DSB produced by 10 eV electrons.

  13. A study on the microstructural parameters of 550 keV electron irradiated Lexan polymer films

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    Hareesh, K.; Pramod, R.; Petwal, V. C.; Dwivedi, Jishnu; Sangappa; Sanjeev, Ganesh

    2012-06-05

    Lexan polymer films irradiated with 550 keV Electron Beam (EB) were characterized using Wide Angle Xray Scattering (WAXS) data to study the microstructural parameters. The crystal imperfection parameters like crystal size , lattice strain (g in %) and enthalpy ({alpha}) have been determined by Line Profile Analysis (LPA) using Fourier method of Warren.

  14. Field aligned currents and the auroral spectrum below 1 keV

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    Arnoldy, R. L.

    1973-01-01

    Measurements during auroral events were conducted with the aid of detectors flown aboard three Nike-Tomahawk rocket flights. The detectors used to measure the auroral spectrum below 1 keV consisted of electrostatic analyzers positioned in the rocket to measure particles moving up and down the magnetic field lines. The analyzers measured electrons and protons simultaneously during a given sweep.

  15. Improvements of the standardization of (134)Cs by the critical window setting for 605keV photopeak.

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    Yunoki, Akira; Kawada, Yasushi; Hino, Yoshio

    2016-03-01

    In the standardization of (134)Cs by the 4πβ-γ coincidence method with a γ-window at 605keV, the satellite components of 563keV and 569keV overlapping the 605keV peak cause a steep slope and non-linearity of the efficiency extrapolation function. By shifting the lower threshold of a γ-window higher, the satellite components are eliminated, and the slope tends to horizontal. Nearly flat efficiency curves were obtained by using a CeBr3 scintillator for detecting γ-photons, as well as a NaI(Tl) scintillator. PMID:26702547

  16. Theoretical Approach Of The Reduction Of Chromatic And Spherical Aberrations In An Acceleration Lens System For Hundreds Of keV Gaseous Ion Nanobeam

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    Ohkubo, Takeru; Ishii, Yasuyuki; Kamiya, Tomihiro

    2011-06-01

    The focused gaseous ion beam (gas-FIB) system composed of a series of electrostatic lenses, called ''acceleration lens system'', has been developed to form nanobeams using gaseous ions generated from a plasma ion source. Ion beams are accelerated and focused simultaneously by a pair of electrodes. A new all-in-one compact acceleration system including an acceleration tube is now under development to form 300 keV ion nanobeam. Chromatic and spherical aberrations are, however, hindrance to form nanobeams with their smaller sizes in diameter. A deceleration lens, which performs like a defocusing lens, was theoretically introduced to downstream of the present acceleration lens system to reduce the aberrations. Ion beam optics simulations were carried out to show that this aberration reduction technique is effective to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations. As a result, we reduced the chromatic aberration coefficient by 26%, the spherical aberration coefficient by 17% and a beam diameter by 17%, with the deceleration energy of 15 keV. In case of using an electrostatic acceleration tube with 100 mm length, the final beam diameter of 103 nm at 300 keV is obtained by the all-in-one acceleration lens system with the total acceleration length of only 650 mm.

  17. Development of a CdTe detector plane for gamma-ray burst detection in the X-ray band (< 100 keV)

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    Barret, D.; Ehanno, M.; Pons, R.; Gevin, O.; Limousin, O.; Lugiez, F.; Penquer, A.; Bardoux, A.

    We report on the development of an inovative CdTe detector plane DPIX optimized for the detection and localisation of gamma-ray bursts in the X-ray band below 100 keV DPIX is part of an R D program funded by the French Space Agency CNES DPIX builds upon the heritage of the ISGRI instrument currently operating with great success on the ESA INTEGRAL mission DPIX is an assembly of 200 elementary modules XRDPIX equipped with 32 CdTe Schottky detectors 4x4 mm2 1 mm thickness produced by ACRORAD Co LTD in Japan Each XRDPIX is readout by the very low noise front-end electronics chip IDeF-X currently under development at CEA DSM DAPNIA In this paper we will describe the main features of the IDeF-X chip and will present preliminary results of the reading out of one CdTe Schottky detector by the IDeF-X V1 0 chip A low-energy threshold around 2 keV has been achieved This is to be compared with the 12-15 keV threshold of the ISGRI-INTEGRAL and BAT-SWIFT instruments We will conclude this paper by presenting the next development phase which will take us to the hybridization of an XRDPIX

  18. Lifetime measurement of the 6792 keV state in {sup 15}O, important for the astrophysical S factor extrapolation in {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}){sup 15}O

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    Schuermann, D.; Kunz, R.; Lingner, I.; Rolfs, C.; Schuemann, F.; Strieder, F.; Trautvetter, H.-P.

    2008-05-15

    We report on a new lifetime measurement of the E{sub x}=6792 keV state in {sup 15}O via the Doppler-shift attenuation method at the E=259 keV resonance in the reaction {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}){sup 15}O. This subthreshold state is of particular importance for the determination of the ground state astrophysical S factor of {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}){sup 15}O at stellar energies. The measurement technique has been significantly improved over that used in previous work. The conclusion of a finite lifetime drawn there cannot be confirmed with the present data. In addition, the lifetimes of the two states at E{sub x}=5181 and 6172 keV have been measured with the same technique in order to verify the experimental method. We observe an attenuation factor F({tau})>0.98 for the E{sub x}=6172 and 6792 keV states, respectively, corresponding to {tau}<0.77 fs. The attenuation factor for the E{sub x}=5181 keV state results in F({tau})=0.78{+-}0.02 corresponding to {tau}=8.4{+-}1.0 fs, which is in excellent agreement with literature.

  19. Tables and graphs of photon-interaction cross sections from 0. 1 keV to 100 MeV derived from the LLL evaluated-nuclear-data library

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    Plechaty, E.F.; Cullen, D.E.; Howerton, R.J.

    1981-11-11

    Energy-dependent evaluated photon interaction cross sections and related parameters are presented for elements H through Cf(Z = 1 to 98). Data are given over the energy range from 0.1 keV to 100 MeV. The related parameters include form factors and average energy deposits per collision (with and without fluorescence). Fluorescence information is given for all atomic shells that can emit a photon with a kinetic energy of 0.1 keV or more. In addition, the following macroscopic properties are given: total mean free path and energy deposit per centimeter. This information is derived from the Livermore Evaluated-Nuclear-Data Library (ENDL) as of October 1978.

  20. Discovery of a 3.5 keV line in the Galactic Centre and a critical look at the origin of the line across astronomical targets

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    Jeltema, Tesla; Profumo, Stefano

    2015-06-01

    We examine the claimed excess X-ray line emission near 3.5 keV including both a new analysis of XMM-Newton observations of the Milky Way centre and a reanalysis of the data on M 31 and clusters. In no case do we find conclusive evidence for an excess. In the case of the Galactic Centre, we show that known plasma lines, including in particular K XVIII lines at 3.48 and 3.52 keV, provide a satisfactory fit to the XMM data. We estimate the expected flux of the K XVIII lines and find that the measured line flux falls squarely within the predicted range based on the brightness of other well-measured lines in the energy range of interest and on detailed multitemperature plasma models. We then re-assess the evidence for excess emission from clusters of galaxies, allowing for systematic uncertainty in the expected flux from known plasma lines and additional uncertainty due to potential variation in the abundances of different elements. We find that no conclusive excess line emission can be advocated when considering systematic uncertainties in Perseus or in other clusters. We also reanalyse the XMM data for M 31 and find no statistically significant line emission near 3.5 keV to a level greater than 1σ. Finally, we analyse the Tycho supernova remnant, which shows similar plasma features to the sources above, but does not host any significant dark matter. We detect a 3.55 keV line from Tycho, which points to possible systematic effects in the flux determination of weak lines, or to relative elemental abundances vastly different from theoretical expectations.

  1. Uranium enrichment measurements using the intensity ratios of self-fluorescence X-rays to 92* keV gamma ray in UXK alpha spectral region.

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    Yücel, H; Dikmen, H

    2009-04-30

    In this paper, the known multigroup gamma-ray analysis method for uranium (MGAU) as one of the non-destructive gamma-ray spectrometry methods has been applied to certified reference nuclear materials (depleted, natural and enriched uranium) containing (235)U isotope in the range of 0.32-4.51% atom (235)U. Its analysis gives incorrect results for the low component (235)U in depleted and natural uranium samples where the build-up of the decay products begins to interfere with the analysis. The results reveal that the build-up of decay products seems to be significant and thus the algorithms for the presence of decay products should be improved to resulting in the correct enrichment value. For instance, for the case of (235)U analysis in depleted uranium or natural ore samples, self-induced X-rays such as 94.6 keV and 98.4 keV lying in UXK(alpha) spectral region used by MGAU can be excluded from the calculation. Because the significant increases have been observed in the intensities of uranium self-induced X-rays due to gamma-ray emissions with above 100 keV energy arising from decay products of (238)U and (235)U and these parents. Instead, the use of calibration curve to be made between the intensity ratios of self-fluorescence X-rays to 92(*)keV gamma-ray and the certified (235)U abundances is suggested for the determination of (235)U when higher amounts of decay products are detected in the gamma-ray spectrum acquired for the MGAU analysis. PMID:19203602

  2. Detection of the 67.9 and 78.4 keV Lines Associated with the Radioactive Decay of 44Ti in Cassiopeia A

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    Vink, Jacco; Laming, J. Martin; Kaastra, Jelle S.; Bleeker, Johan A. M.; Bloemen, Hans; Oberlack, Uwe

    2001-10-01

    We report the detection of the 44Sc nuclear decay lines at 67.9 and 78.4 keV associated with the nuclear decay of 44Ti in Cassiopeia A. The line emission was observed by the Phoswich Detection System instrument on board BeppoSAX, which recently observed the supernova remnant for over 500 ks. The detection of the line emission with a flux of (2.1+/-0.7)×10-5 photons cm-2 s-1 in each line (90% confidence) is at the 5 σ significance level, if we can assume that the 12-300 keV continuum is adequately represented by a single power law. However, as the nature of the continuum is not clear, we investigate various other possibilities. A more conservative estimate of the line flux is made by assuming that a power-law continuum is at least a good approximation to the continuum emission for a narrower 30-100 keV energy range. With this limitation, the measured line flux is (1.9+/-0.9)×10-5 photons cm-2 s-1, with the detection still at the 3.4 σ significance level. We suggest that together with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory/COMPTEL measurement of the 44Ca line at 1157 keV of (3.3+/-0.6)×10-5 photons cm-2 s-1, a flux for all three lines of (2.5+/-1.0)×10-5 photons cm-2 s-1 for Cas A can be adopted. This implies an initial 44Ti mass of (0.8-2.5)×10-4 Msolar.

  3. Measurement of the -3 keV resonance in the reaction 13C(α,n)16O of importance in the s-process.

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    La Cognata, M; Spitaleri, C; Trippella, O; Kiss, G G; Rogachev, G V; Mukhamedzhanov, A M; Avila, M; Guardo, G L; Koshchiy, E; Kuchera, A; Lamia, L; Puglia, S M R; Romano, S; Santiago, D; Spartà, R

    2012-12-01

    The (13)C(α,n)(16)O reaction is the neutron source for the main component of the s-process, responsible for the production of most nuclei in the mass range 90energy interval where the (13)C(α,n)(16)O is effective from 140 to 230 keV. In this region, the astrophysical S(E)-factor is dominated by the -3 keV subthreshold resonance due to the 6.356 MeV level in (17)O, giving rise to a steep increase of the S(E)-factor. Notwithstanding that it plays a crucial role in astrophysics, no direct measurements exist inside the s-process energy window. The magnitude of its contribution is still controversial as extrapolations, e.g., through the R matrix and indirect techniques, such as the asymptotic normalization coefficient (ANC), yield inconsistent results. The discrepancy amounts to a factor of 3 or more right at astrophysical energies. Therefore, we have applied the Trojan horse method to the (13)C((6)Li,n(16)O)d quasifree reaction to achieve an experimental estimate of such contribution. For the first time, the ANC for the 6.356 MeV level has been deduced through the Trojan horse method as well as the n-partial width, allowing to attain an unprecedented accuracy in the (13)C(α,n)(16)O study. Though a larger ANC for the 6.356 MeV level is measured, our experimental S(E)-factor agrees with the most recent extrapolation in the literature in the 140-230 keV energy interval, the accuracy being greatly enhanced thanks to this innovative approach. PMID:23368189

  4. Production and Performance of the InFOCmicronS 20-40 keV Graded Multilayer Mirror

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    Berendse, F.; Owens, S. M.; Serlemitsos, P. J.; Tueller, J.; Chan, K.-W.; Soong, Y.; Krimm, H.; Baumgartner, W. H.; Tamura, K.; Okajima, T.; Tawara, Y.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The International Focusing Optics Collaboration for micron Crab Sensitivity (InFOC micronS) balloon-borne hard x-ray incorporates graded multilayer technology to obtain significant effective area at energies previously inaccessible to x-ray optics. The telescope mirror consists of 2040 segmented thin aluminum foils coated with replicated Pt/C multilayers. A sample of these foils was scanned using a pencil-beam reflectometer to determine, multilayer quality. The results of the reflectometer measurements demonstrate our capability to produce large quantity of foils while maintaining high-quality multilayers with a mean Nevot-Croce interface roughness of 0.5nm. We characterize the performance of the complete InFOC micronS telescope with a pencil beam raster scan to determine the effective area and encircled energy function of the telescope. The effective area of the complete telescope is 78, 42 and 22 square centimeters at 20 30 and 40 keV. respectively. The measured encircled energy fraction of the mirror has a half-power diameter of 2.0 plus or minus 0.5 arcmin (90% confidence). The mirror successfully obtained an image of the accreting black hole Cygnus X-1 during a balloon flight in July, 2001. The successful completion and flight test of this telescope demonstrates that graded-multilayer telescopes can be manufactured with high reliability for future x-ray telescope missions such as Constellation-X.

  5. Study of 1–8 keV K-α x-ray emission from high intensity femtosecond laser produced plasma

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    Arora, V. Naik, P. A.; Chakera, J. A.; Bagchi, S.; Tayyab, M.; Gupta, P. D.

    2014-04-15

    We report an experimental study on the optimization of a laser plasma based x-ray source of ultra-short duration K-α line radiation. The interaction of pulses from a CPA based Ti:sapphire laser (10 TW, 45 fs, 10 Hz) system with magnesium, titanium, iron and copper solid target generates bright 1-8 keV K-α x-ray radiation. The x-ray yield was optimized with the laser pulse duration (at fixed fluence) which is varied in the range of 45 fs to 1.4 ps. It showed a maximum at laser pulse duration of ∼740 fs, 420 fs, 350 and 250 fs for Mg (1.3 keV), Ti (4.5 keV), Fe (6.4 keV) and Cu (8.05 keV) respectively. The x-ray yield is observed to be independent of the sign of the chirp. The scaling of the K-α yield (I{sub x} ∝ I{sub L}{sup β}) for 45 fs and optimized pulse duration were measured for laser intensities in the region of 3 × 10{sup 14} – 8 × 10{sup 17}. The x-ray yield shows a much faster scaling exponent β = 1.5, 2.1, 2.4 and 2.6 for Mg, Ti, Fe and Cu respectively at optimized pulse duration compared to scaling exponent of 0.65, 1.3, 1.5, and 1.7 obtained for 45 fs duration laser pulses. The laser to x-ray energy conversion efficiencies obtained for different target materials are η{sub Mg} = 1.2 × 10{sup −5}, η{sub Ti} = 3.1 × 10{sup −5}, η{sub Fe} = 2.7 × 10{sup −5}, η{sub Cu} = 1.9 × 10{sup −5}. The results have been explained from the efficient generation of optimal energy hot electrons at longer laser pulse duration. The faster scaling observed at optimal pulse duration indicates that the x-ray source is generated at the target surface and saturation of x-ray emission would appear at larger laser fluence. An example of utilization of the source for measurement of shock-wave profiles in a silicon crystal by time resolved x-ray diffraction is also presented.

  6. Reduction of transient diffusion from 1{endash}5 keV Si{sup +} ion implantation due to surface annihilation of interstitials

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    Agarwal, A.; Gossmann, H.-.; Eaglesham, D.J.; Pelaz, L.; Jacobson, D.C.; Haynes, T.E.; Erokhin, Y.E.

    1997-11-01

    The reduction of transient enhanced diffusion (TED) with reduced implantation energy has been investigated and quantified. A fixed dose of 1{times}10{sup 14} cm{sup {minus}2} Si{sup +} was implanted at energies ranging from 0.5 to 20 keV into boron doping superlattices and enhanced diffusion of the buried boron marker layers was measured for anneals at 810, 950, and 1050{degree}C. A linearly decreasing dependence of diffusivity enhancement on decreasing Si{sup +} ion range is observed at all temperatures, extrapolating to {approximately}1 for 0 keV. This is consistent with our expectation that at zero implantation energy there would be no excess interstitials from the implantation and hence no TED. Monte Carlo modeling and continuum simulations are used to fit the experimental data. The results are consistent with a surface recombination length for interstitials of {lt}10 nm. The data presented here demonstrate that in the range of annealing temperatures of interest for p-n junction formation, TED is reduced at smaller ion implantation energies and that this is due to increased interstitial annihilation at the surface. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Refractive lens based full-field x-ray imaging at 45-50 keV with sub-micron resolution

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    Shastri, S. D.; Kenesei, P.; Suter, R. M.

    2015-09-01

    Combining sub-micron spatial resolution full-field-imaging with the penetration property of high-energy x-rays (> 50 keV) offers numerous applications, such as the ability to observe cracks and voids associated with the onset of failure in engineering materials, complementing x-ray diffraction microscopy probes. Progress in the development of adding such an imaging capability at the Advanced Photon Source high-energy x-ray undulator beamline 1-ID is reported. An initially tested, long baseline configuration had 18-21× x-ray image magnification with compound refractive lenses (as objective) placed 1.8 m after the specimen, and a two-dimensional detector located at a 32-37 m additional distance, in a different experimental station. Later, a more compact set-up of 3.5× magnification with a ≍6 m sample-to-detector separation, fitting within a single end-station, was tested. Both set-ups demonstrated 500 nm level spatial resolutions at energies within the 45-50 keV range. Phase contrast artifacts are present, and are discussed in view of the goal of achieving tomography capability, at even higher resolution, in such an instrument with high x-ray energies.

  8. Precise Determination of the Intensity of 226Ra Alpha Decay to the 186 keV Excited State

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    S.P. LaMont; R.J. Gehrke; S.E. Glover; R.H. Filby

    2001-04-01

    There is a significant discrepancy in the reported values for the emission probability of the 186 keV gamma-ray resulting from the alpha decay of 226 Ra to 186 keV excited state of 222 Rn. Published values fall in the range of 3.28 to 3.59 gamma-rays per 100 alpha-decays. An interesting observation is that the lower value, 3.28, is based on measuring the 186 keV gamma-ray intensity relative to the 226 Ra alpha-branch to the 186 keV level. The higher values, which are close to 3.59, are based on measuring the gamma-ray intensity from mass standards of 226 Ra that are traceable to the mass standards prepared by HNIGSCHMID in the early 1930''s. This discrepancy was resolved in this work by carefully measuring the 226 Ra alpha-branch intensities, then applying the theoretical E2 multipolarity internal conversion coefficient of 0.6920.007 to calculate the 186 keV gamma-ray emission probability. The measured value for the alpha branch to the 186 keV excited state was (6.160.03)%, which gives a 186 keV gamma-ray emission probability of (3.640.04)%. This value is in excellent agreement with the most recently reported 186 keV gamma-ray emission probabilities determined using 226 Ra mass standards.

  9. The 871 keV gamma ray from 17O and the identification of plutonium oxide

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    Peurrung, Anthony; Arthur, Richard; Elovich, Robert; Geelhood, Bruce; Kouzes, Richard; Pratt, Sharon; Scheele, Randy; Sell, Richard

    2001-12-01

    Disarmament agreements and discussions between the United States and the Russian Federation for reducing the number of stockpiled nuclear weapons require verification of the origin of materials as having come from disassembled weapons. This has resulted in the identification of measurable "attributes" that characterize such materials. It has been proposed that the 871 keV gamma ray of 17O can be observed as an indicator of the unexpected presence of plutonium oxide, as opposed to plutonium metal, in such materials. We have shown that the observation of the 871 keV gamma ray is not a specific indicator of the presence of the oxide, but rather indicates the presence of nitrogen.

  10. SMM detection of diffuse Galactic 511 keV annihilation radiation

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    Share, G. H.; Kinzer, R. L.; Kurfess, J. D.; Messina, D. C.; Purcell, W. R.

    1988-01-01

    Observations of the 511 keV annihilation line from the vicinity of the Galactic center from October to February for 1980/1981, 1981/1982, 1982/1983, 1984/1985, and 1985/1986 are presented. The measurements were made with the gamma-ray spectrometer on the SMM. The design of the instrument and some of its properties used in the analysis are described, and the methods used for accumulating, fitting, and analyzing the data are outlined. It is shown how the Galactic 511 keV line was separated from the intense and variable background observed in orbit. The SMM observations are compared with previous measurements of annihilation radiation from the Galactic center region, and the astrophysical implications are discussed. It is argued that most of the measurements made to date suggest the presence of an extended Galactic source of annihilation radiation.

  11. Limits on a variable source of 511 keV annihilation radiation near the Galactic center

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    Share, Gerald H.; Leising, Mark D.; Messina, Daniel C.; Purcell, William R.

    1990-01-01

    The Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS) on the Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SMM) has observed a strong Galactic source of 511 keV annihilation radiation from its launch in 1980 to its reentry in 1989. These observations are consistent with an extended source having an intensity of about 0.002 gamma/sq cm/s averaged over the central radian of Galactic longitude. These data are searched for evidence of the variable Galactic center source of 511 keV line radiation which was reported to have reappeared in 1988 by Leventhal et al. The SMM data are consistent with, but do not require, a compact source emitting a time-averaged flux of about 0.0004 gamma/sq cm/s during about 3 month transits in 1987 and 1988; they are inconsistent with a compact source flux in excess of 0.0008 gamma/sq cm/s for each year.

  12. Picosecond x-ray measurements from 100 eV to 30 keV

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    Attwood, D.T.; Kauffman, R.L.; Stradling, G.L.

    1980-10-15

    Picosecond x-ray measurements relevant to the Livermore Laser Fusion Program are reviewed. Resolved to 15 picoseconds, streak camera detection capabilities extend from 100 eV to higher than 30 keV, with synchronous capabilities in the visible, near infrared, and ultraviolet. Capabilities include automated data retrieval using charge coupled devices (CCD's), absolute x-ray intensity levels, novel cathodes, x-ray mirror/reflector combinations, and a variety of x-ray imaging devices.

  13. Origin of the Galactic Disk 6.7 kev Line Emission

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    Churchwell, Ed

    1997-01-01

    The goal of this program was to determine if the extended FeXXV 6.7 kev line emission might possibly be produced and confined by the hot wind-shocked bubbles to accompany UC HII regions. The main result of this study are: (1) FeXXV is detected in the W3 complex, but at a level that could only explain a small fraction of the galactic disk emission if all UC HII regions emit at about the same intensity as the W3 complex; (2) Two X-ray sources are detected in W3. W3-X 1 coincides with the radio image of this region, but W3-X2 has no radio, optical, or infrared counterpart; (3) There is no evidence for variability of W3-X1 during the period of observations (approx, 40,000 sec); (4) The X-ray spectrum of W3-X1 has no emission shortward of 1 kev, it peaks at approx. 2 kev and show significant emission out to approx. 6 kev. No individual lines are resolved. There is currently no generally accepted theory for extended hard X-ray emission in HII regions. Perhaps the most significant discovery of this program has been the detection of extended hard X-rays and the realization that some entirely new processes must be invoked to understand this; and (5)A minimum (chi)(sup 2) fit of the spectrum implies a H absorbing column of N(sub H) approx, equals to 2.1 x 10(exp 22)/ cm, a temperature of the emitting plasma of 7 x 10(exp 7) K, and a luminosity of approx. equal to 10(33)erg/s.

  14. XMM-Newton observation of the Seyfert 1.8 ESO 113-G010: Discovery of a highly redshifted iron line at 5.4 keV

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    Porquet, D.; Reeves, J. N.; Uttley, P.; Turner, T. J.

    2004-11-01

    We present a spectral analysis of the Seyfert 1.8 ESO 113-G010 observed with XMM-Newton for 4 ks. The spectrum shows a soft excess below 0.7 keV and more interestingly a narrow emission Gaussian line at 5.4 keV (in its rest-frame), most probably originating from a redshifted iron Kα line. No significant line at or above 6.4 keV is found contrary to other objects showing redshifted lines, ruling out a strong blue-wing to the line profile. The line is detected at 99% confidence, from performing Monte Carlo simulations which fully account for the range of energies where a narrow iron line is likely to occur. The energy of the line could indicate emission from relativistic (0.17-0.23 c) ejected matter moving away from the observer, as proposed for Mrk 766 by Turner et al. (\\cite{Tu04}, ApJ, 603, 62). Alternatively, the emission from a narrow annulus at the surface of the accretion disk is unlikely due to the very small inclination angle (i.e. less than 10°) required to explain the narrow, redshifted line in this intermediate Seyfert galaxy. However emission from a small, localized hot-spot on the disk, occurring within a fraction of a complete disk orbit, could also explain the redshifted line. This scenario would be directly testable in a longer observation, as one would see significant variations in the energy and intensity of the line within an orbital timescale.

  15. 1/4 keV Fluctuations Due to the Local Hot Bubble

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    Kuntz, K. D.; Snowden, S. L.; Warwick, R. S.

    1997-12-01

    As part of a program to characterize 1/4 keV fluctuations at high galactic latitudes, such as those discovered by Barber, Warwick, & Snowden (1995), it is necessary to characterize the fluctuations produced by the principal foreground components of the 1/4 keV background, the Local Hot Bubble. To do so, we are studying a substantial number of deep, overlapping ROSAT PSPC pointings towards the Hyades cluster, a region which has a substantial absorbing column outside the LHB that effectively blocks the distant 1/4 keV emission. Absorption of X-ray emission by clouds within the LHB is thought to be small in this direction and can be determined by modeling the ROSAT response function. The structure of the X-ray emission in this field can be caused by 1.) changes in the pathlength to the LHB boundary, and 2.) variation in emission measure within the LHB. The amplitude of fluctuations can then place limits on these quantities, but cannot separate their effects.

  16. Searching for keV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter with X-Ray Microcalorimeter Sounding Rockets

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    Figueroa-Feliciano, E.; Anderson, A. J.; Castro, D.; Goldfinger, D. C.; Rutherford, J.; Eckart, M. E.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; McCammon, D.; Morgan, K.; Porter, F. S.; Szymkowiak, A. E.; XQC Collaboration

    2015-11-01

    High-resolution X-ray spectrometers onboard suborbital sounding rockets can search for dark matter candidates that produce X-ray lines, such as decaying keV-scale sterile neutrinos. Even with exposure times and effective areas far smaller than XMM-Newton and Chandra observations, high-resolution, wide field of view observations with sounding rockets have competitive sensitivity to decaying sterile neutrinos. We analyze a subset of the 2011 observation by the X-ray Quantum Calorimeter instrument centered on Galactic coordinates l=165°,b=-5° with an effective exposure of 106 s, obtaining a limit on the sterile neutrino mixing angle of {{sin}}22θ < 7.2× {10}-10 at 95% CL for a 7 keV neutrino. Better sensitivity at the level of {{sin}}22θ ∼ 2.1× {10}-11 at 95% CL for a 7 keV neutrino is achievable with future 300-s observations of the galactic center by the Micro-X instrument, providing a definitive test of the sterile neutrino interpretation of the reported 3.56 keV excess from galaxy clusters.

  17. A large scale height galactic component of the diffuse 2-60 keV background

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    Iwan, D.; Marshall, F. E.; Boldt, E. A.; Mushotzky, R.; Shafer, R. A.; Stottlemyer, A.

    1982-01-01

    The diffuse 2-60 keV X-ray background has a galactic component clearly detectable by its strong variation with both galactic latitude and longitude. This galactic component is typically 10 percent of the extragalactic background toward the galactic center, half that strong toward the anticenter, and extrapolated to a few percent of the extragalactic background toward the galactic poles. It is acceptably modeled by a finite radius emission disk with a scale height of several kiloparsecs. The averaged galactic spectrum is best fitted by a thermal spectrum of kT about 9 keV, a spectrum much softer than the about 40 keV spectrum of the extragalactic component. The most likely source of this emission is low luminosity stars with large scale heights such as subdwarfs. Inverse Compton emission from GeV electrons on the microwave background contributes only a fraction of the galactic component unless the local cosmic ray electron spectrum and intensity are atypical.

  18. Measurement of the 20 and 90 keV resonances in the 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction via the Trojan horse method.

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    La Cognata, M; Spitaleri, C; Mukhamedzhanov, A M; Irgaziev, B; Tribble, R E; Banu, A; Cherubini, S; Coc, A; Crucillà, V; Goldberg, V Z; Gulino, M; Kiss, G G; Lamia, L; Mrazek, J; Pizzone, R G; Puglia, S M R; Rapisarda, G G; Romano, S; Sergi, M L; Tabacaru, G; Trache, L; Trzaska, W; Tumino, A

    2008-10-10

    The 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction is of primary importance in several astrophysical scenarios, including fluorine nucleosynthesis inside asymptotic giant branch stars as well as oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios in meteorite grains. Thus the indirect measurement of the low energy region of the 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction has been performed to reduce the nuclear uncertainty on theoretical predictions. In particular the strength of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been deduced and the change in the reaction rate evaluated. PMID:18999593

  19. M sub shell X-ray emission cross section measurements for Pt, Au, Hg, Pb, Th and U at 8 and 10 keV synchrotron photons

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Gupta, Sheenu; Tiwari, M. K.; Mittal, Raj

    2014-02-01

    M sub shell X-ray emission cross sections of Pt, Au, Hg, Pb, Th and U at 8 and 10 keV photon energies have been determined with linearly polarized photon beam from Indus-2 synchrotron source. The measured cross sections have been reported for the first time and were used to check the available theoretical Dirac-Hartree-Slater (DHS) and Dirac-Fock (DF) values reported in literature and also the presently derived Non Relativistic Hartree-Slater (NRHS), DF and DHS values for Mξ, Mδ, Mα, Mβ, Mγ, Mm1 and Mm2 group of X-rays.

  20. Measurement of the 20 and 90 keV Resonances in the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N Reaction via the Trojan Horse Method

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Cherubini, S.; Crucilla, V.; Gulino, M.; Lamia, L.; Pizzone, R. G.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; Sergi, M. L.; Tumino, A.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Tribble, R. E.; Banu, A.; Goldberg, V. Z.; Tabacaru, G.; Trache, L.; Irgaziev, B.; Coc, A.

    2008-10-10

    The {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N reaction is of primary importance in several astrophysical scenarios, including fluorine nucleosynthesis inside asymptotic giant branch stars as well as oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios in meteorite grains. Thus the indirect measurement of the low energy region of the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N reaction has been performed to reduce the nuclear uncertainty on theoretical predictions. In particular the strength of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been deduced and the change in the reaction rate evaluated.

  1. A 4.1 keV spectral feature in a type 1 X-ray burst from EXO 1747-214

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    Magnier, Eugene; Lewin, Walter H. G.; Tan, Jianmin; Van Paradijs, Jan; Penninx, Wim

    1989-01-01

    A spectral analysis of two type 1 bursts from EXO 1747-214 detected by Exosat is presented. During the rise of the strongest burst, the spectrum display a spectral feature which is well represented by an absorption line at 4.05 + or - 0.12 keV with an equivalent width of 570 + or - 87 eV and an upper limit to the line width at 800 eV. At all other times, the spectrum is well represented by that of a single blackbody. The observed line energy is compared with those observed in other burst and the possible origins of these lines are discussed.

  2. Measurement of the 20 and 90keV Resonances in the O18(p,α)N15 Reaction via the Trojan Horse Method

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Irgaziev, B.; Tribble, R. E.; Banu, A.; Cherubini, S.; Coc, A.; Crucillà, V.; Goldberg, V. Z.; Gulino, M.; Kiss, G. G.; Lamia, L.; Mrazek, J.; Pizzone, R. G.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; Sergi, M. L.; Tabacaru, G.; Trache, L.; Trzaska, W.; Tumino, A.

    2008-10-01

    The O18(p,α)N15 reaction is of primary importance in several astrophysical scenarios, including fluorine nucleosynthesis inside asymptotic giant branch stars as well as oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios in meteorite grains. Thus the indirect measurement of the low energy region of the O18(p,α)N15 reaction has been performed to reduce the nuclear uncertainty on theoretical predictions. In particular the strength of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been deduced and the change in the reaction rate evaluated.

  3. 20-150-keV proton-impact-induced ionization of uracil: Fragmentation ratios and branching ratios for electron capture and direct ionization

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    Tabet, J.; Eden, S.; Feil, S.; Abdoul-Carime, H.; Farizon, B.; Farizon, M.; Ouaskit, S.; Maerk, T. D.

    2010-01-15

    Fragmentation ratios and branching ratios are measured for ionization and dissociative ionization for 20-150 keV (0.9-2.4v{sub 0}) proton collisions with gas-phase uracil molecules. Through event-by-event determination of the postcollision projectile charge, it is possible for such a key biomolecule to distinguish between electron capture (EC) by the incident proton and direct ionization (DI) without projectile neutralization. While the same fragment ion groups are observed in the mass spectra for both processes, EC induces dissociation with greater efficiency than DI in the impact energy range of 35-150 keV (1.2-2.4v{sub 0}). In this range EC is also less abundant than DI with a branching ratio for EC/total ionization of <50%. Moreover, whereas fragmentation ratios do not change with energy in the case of EC, DI mass spectra show a tendency for increased fragmentation at lower impact energies.

  4. WE-E-18A-05: Bremsstrahlung of Laser-Plasma Interaction at KeV Temperature: Forward Dose and Attenuation Factors

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    Saez-Beltran, M; Fernandez Gonzalez, F

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To obtain an analytical empirical formula for the photon dose source term in forward direction from bremsstrahlung generated from laser-plasma accelerated electron beams in aluminum solid targets, with electron-plasma temperatures in the 10–100 keV energy range, and to calculate transmission factors for iron, aluminum, methacrylate, lead and concrete and air, materials most commonly found in vacuum chamber labs. Methods: Bremsstrahlung fluence is calculated from the convolution of thin-target bremsstrahlung spectrum for monoenergetic electrons and the relativistic Maxwell-Juettner energy distribution for the electron-plasma. Unattenuatted dose in tissue is calculated by integrating the photon spectrum with the mass-energy absorption coefficient. For the attenuated dose, energy dependent absorption coefficient, build-up factors and finite shielding correction factors were also taken into account. For the source term we use a modified formula from Hayashi et al., and we fitted the proportionality constant from experiments with the aid of the previously calculated transmission factors. Results: The forward dose has a quadratic dependence on electron-plasma temperature: 1 joule of effective laser energy transferred to the electrons at 1 m in vacuum yields 0,72 Sv per MeV squared of electron-plasma temperature. Air strongly filters the softer part of the photon spectrum and reduce the dose to one tenth in the first centimeter. Exponential higher energy tail of maxwellian spectrum contributes mainly to the transmitted dose. Conclusion: A simple formula for forward photon dose from keV range temperature plasma is obtained, similar to those found in kilovoltage x-rays but with higher dose per dissipated electron energy, due to thin target and absence of filtration.

  5. Dosimetry of ultrasoft x-rays (1.5 keV AlKagr) using radiochromatic films and colour scanners

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    Cai, Zhongli; Pan, Xiaoning; Hunting, Darel; Cloutier, Pierre; Lemay, Rosalie; Sanche, Léon

    2003-12-01

    This work explores the possibility of measuring the absorbed dose of ultrasoft x-rays (USX, 1.5 keV AlKagr) with GAFCHROMIC® HD-810 radiochromatic dosimetry films (HD-810 films) and colour scanners. HD-810 films were exposed to USX, soft x-rays (14.8 keV) and ggr-rays (60Co) for various times. The response of HD-810 films to absorbed doses of ggr-rays in water was calibrated with Fricke dosimetry and used for the calibration of USX. The optical density of the HD-810 films was quantified with an HP ScanJet 6100C scanner and Corel Picture Paint 7. The choice of the reading channel and colour adjustment settings were optimized to either improve sensitivity or expand the measurable dose range. The response of the HD-810 films to the absorbed dose in water decreased by 50% when the effective photon energy decreased from 1.25 MeV to 14.8 keV. The ratio of the mass energy absorption coefficient of the active layer of HD-810 films to that of water was found to play a major role in this decrease. The mean absorbed doses of the active layer of the HD-810 films exposed to USX were derived. The calculation of the initial photon fluence rate and the mean absorbed doses of USX to biological samples such as plasmid DNA is discussed. This study suggests that radiochromatic dosimetry films are promising secondary dosimeters for measuring the absorbed dose of USX.

  6. Theoretical Investigation of Transmission-Type Phase Shifter Made with Muscovite Mica Crystal for 1-keV Region

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    Imazono, Takashi; Koike, Masato

    2007-01-19

    In a soft x-ray region from 0.7 keV to 1.1 keV, the performance of transmission-type phase shifter was investigated theoretically based on the dynamical theory. As the result it was found that natural muscovite, KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2, could be used as phase shifters in both symmetric Bragg and Laue geometries. In particular, the muscovite(002) having 5 {mu}m thickness in Laue geometry showed a phase retardation of {approx}{+-}90 deg. and a transmittance of {approx}0.02% at 0.88 keV.

  7. A New Method for Selecting Compton Thick AGN Above 10 keV with NuSTAR and Swift BAT

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    Koss, Michael; NuSTAR

    2015-01-01

    We present NuSTAR observations of a new sample of heavily obscured AGN identified based on their Swift BAT spectra above 10 keV. We use the 70 month Swift Bat all-sky maps with a scheme optimized to detect nearby, heavily obscured, Compton-thick AGN using the Compton curvature which have excesses between 24-50 keV and decrements in the 14-20 keV band. We demonstrate that these targets are among the brightest examples of reflection-dominated AGN available across the sky, providing a detailed study of nearby Compton-thick AGN.

  8. The 0.3-30 keV Spectra of Powerful Starburst Galaxies: NuSTAR and Chandra Observations of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310

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    Lehmer, B. D.; Tyler, J. B.; Hornschemeier, A. E.; Wik, D. R.; Yukita, M.; Antoniou, V.; Boggs, S.; Christensen, F. E.; Craig, W. W.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Maccarone, T. J.; Ptak, A.; Stern, D.; Zezas, A.; Zhang, W. W.

    2015-06-01

    We present nearly simultaneous Chandra and NuSTAR observations of two actively star-forming galaxies within 50 Mpc: NGC 3256 and NGC 3310. Both galaxies are significantly detected by both Chandra and NuSTAR, which together provide the first-ever spectra of these two galaxies spanning 0.3-30 keV. The X-ray emission from both galaxies is spatially resolved by Chandra; we find that hot gas dominates the E < 1-3 keV emission while ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) provide majority contributions to the emission at E > 1-3 keV. The NuSTAR galaxy-wide spectra of both galaxies follow steep power-law distributions with Γ ≈ 2.6 at E > 5-7 keV. Using new and archival Chandra data, we search for signatures of heavily obscured or low luminosity active galactic nuclei (AGNs). We find that both NGC 3256 and NGC 3310 have X-ray detected sources coincident with nuclear regions; however, the steep NuSTAR spectra of both galaxies restricts these sources to be either low luminosity AGNs (L2-10 keV/LEdd ≲ 10-5) or non-AGNs in nature (e.g., ULXs or crowded X-ray sources that reach L2-10 keV ˜ 1040 erg s-1 cannot be ruled out). Combining our constraints on the 0.3-30 keV spectra of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310 with equivalent measurements for nearby star-forming galaxies M83 and NGC 253, we analyze the star formation rate (SFR) normalized spectra of these starburst galaxies. The spectra of all four galaxies show sharply declining power-law slopes at energies above 3-6 keV primarily due to ULX populations. Our observations therefore constrain the average spectral shape of galaxy-wide populations of luminous accreting binaries (i.e., ULXs). Interestingly, despite a completely different galaxy sample selection, emphasizing here a range of SFRs and stellar masses, these properties are similar to those of super-Eddington accreting ULXs that have been studied individually in a targeted NuSTAR ULX program. We also find that NGC 3310 exhibits a factor of ≈3-10 elevation of X-ray emission over the other star-forming galaxies due to a corresponding overabundance of ULXs. We argue that the excess of ULXs in NGC 3310 is most likely explained by the relatively low metallicity of the young stellar population in this galaxy, a property that is expected to produce an excess of luminous X-ray binaries for a given SFR.

  9. Development of the EXITE detector - A new imaging detector for 20 - 300 keV astronomy. [Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment

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    Garcia, M. R.; Grindlay, J. E.; Burg, R.; Murray, S. S.; Flanagan, J.

    1986-01-01

    The development and testing of a detector to be used in the Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment (EXITE) are reported. It consists of a 34 cm diameter NaI(Tl) crystal coupled directly to a single large image intensifier tube with associated silicon PIN diode readout. The measured spatial and energy resolutions at 122 keV are 6mm (FWHM) and 9 percent (FWHM), respectively. This energy resolution is about 50 percent better than that of any previously flown hard X-ray experiment. These resolutions decrease with the square root of the energy of the incident X-ray, indicating that they are determined by the number of photons emitted in the NaI(Tl) scintillator light flash.

  10. Decline of the 2-10 keV Emission from Eta Carinae

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    Liburd, Jamar; Corcoran, Michael F.; Hamaguchi, Kenji; Gull, Theodore R.; Madura, Thomas; Teodoro, Mairan; Moffat, Anthony; Richardson, Noel; Russell, Chris; Pollock, Andrew; Owocki, Stan

    2014-01-01

    Analysis of Eta Car's X-ray spectrum in the 2-10 keV band using processed data from the X-ray Telescope on Swift reveals a peak flux on July 16, 2014 of 0.046 photons s(exp -1) cm(exp -2) (3.37+/-0.15×10(exp -10) ergs s(exp -1) cm(exp -2). This flux is similar to the previous maximum flux seen by the XRT, 3.53+/-0.13×10(exp -10) ergs s(exp -1) cm(exp -2) (0.049 photons s(exp -1) cm(exp -2), ATEL #6298). Since this peak on July 16, the most recent Swift XRT quicklook data show a drop in flux. On July 20, 2014 the XRT flux as seen in the quicklook data was 0.011 photons s(exp -1) cm(exp -2) (8.3+/-0.5×10(exp -11) ergs s(exp -1) cm(exp -2)). This most likely indicates that the 2-10 keV flux is in its declining phase as Eta Car approaches its deep X-ray minimum stage (Hamaguchi et al., 2014, ApJ, 784, 125) associated with periastron passage of the 2024-day binary orbit. The column density derived from analysis of the July 20 XRT quicklook data is 7.2×10(exp 22) cm(exp -2). This is consistent with the column density seen near the same orbital phase in 2003 (7.7×10(exp 22) cm(exp -2), Hamaguchi et al., 2007, ApJ, 663, 522). Eta Car's deep X-ray minimum phase is expected to begin on July 30, 2014. Weekly Swift/XRT observations of Eta Car in the 2-10 keV band are planned throughout the X-ray minimum.

  11. Comparative Dosimetric Estimates of a 25 keV Electron Micro-beam with three Monte Carlo Codes

    SciTech Connect

    Mainardi, Enrico; Donahue, Richard J.; Blakely, Eleanor A.

    2002-09-11

    The calculations presented compare the different performances of the three Monte Carlo codes PENELOPE-1999, MCNP-4C and PITS, for the evaluation of Dose profiles from a 25 keV electron micro-beam traversing individual cells. The overall model of a cell is a water cylinder equivalent for the three codes but with a different internal scoring geometry: hollow cylinders for PENELOPE and MCNP, whereas spheres are used for the PITS code. A cylindrical cell geometry with scoring volumes with the shape of hollow cylinders was initially selected for PENELOPE and MCNP because of its superior simulation of the actual shape and dimensions of a cell and for its improved computer-time efficiency if compared to spherical internal volumes. Some of the transfer points and energy transfer that constitute a radiation track may actually fall in the space between spheres, that would be outside the spherical scoring volume. This internal geometry, along with the PENELOPE algorithm, drastically reduced the computer time when using this code if comparing with event-by-event Monte Carlo codes like PITS. This preliminary work has been important to address dosimetric estimates at low electron energies. It demonstrates that codes like PENELOPE can be used for Dose evaluation, even with such small geometries and energies involved, which are far below the normal use for which the code was created. Further work (initiated in Summer 2002) is still needed however, to create a user-code for PENELOPE that allows uniform comparison of exact cell geometries, integral volumes and also microdosimetric scoring quantities, a field where track-structure codes like PITS, written for this purpose, are believed to be superior.

  12. Differential cross sections for single ionization of H2 by 75keV proton impact

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    Chowdhury, U.; Schulz, M.; Madison, D. H.

    2012-11-01

    We have calculated Triply differential cross sections (TDCS) and doubly differential cross sections (DDCS) for single ionization of H2 by 75 keV proton impact using the molecular 3 body distorted wave Eikonal initial state (M3DW-EIS) approach. Previously published measured DDCS-P (differential in the projectile scattering angle and integrated over the ejected electron angles) found pronounced structures at relatively large angles which were interpreted as an interference resulting from the two-centered potential of the molecule.

  13. Evolving starburst galaxies, faint number counts, and the 2 keV background

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    Lonsdale, C.; Harmon, R.

    1991-01-01

    Blue and 60 micron extragalactic number counts and redshift distributions are modeled using evolutionary models in which galaxies periodically undergo transient starburst events. Support is found for the hypothesis that the same starburst phenomenon is responsible for the excess source counts seen at both wavelengths, though observed at lower mean redshift in the far infrared than in the blue. The soft X-ray emission from these evolving starburst events is not likely to exceed the 2 keV background unless the evolutionary rate is greater than (1 + z)-cubed (luminosity or density evolution) and the redshift of galaxy formation is greater than about five.

  14. Implications of the broad Al-26 1809 keV line observed by GRIS

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    Chen, Wan; Diehl, Roland; Gehrels, Neil; Hartmann, Dieter; Leising, Mark; Naya, Juan E.; Prantzos, Nikos; Tueller, Jack; vanBallmoos, Peter

    1997-01-01

    The astrophysical implications of the large width of the 1809 keV gamma ray line from the decay of radioactive Al-26, recently observed with the gamma ray imaging spectrometer (GRIS), are discussed. While there may be no apparent single mechanism that can explain the observed broadening, high speed dust grains, extremely hot superbubbles and a large, low density gaseous halo were identified in the Galactic center region as the possible origins. The implications of these observations on the hot gas content in the interstellar medium are discussed.

  15. On the vectorial photoelectric effect at 2.69 keV

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    Shaw, P. S.; Hanany, S.; Liu, Y.; Church, E. D.; Fleischman, J.; Kaaret, P.; Novick, R.; Santangelo, A.

    1991-01-01

    Recent experiments conducted to study the vectorial photoelectric effect with CsI, Al2O3 and Si photocathodes at 2.69 keV indicate null results. Detailed analysis shows that previously measured modulation can be well explained by geometrical misalignment and a combination of the asymmetric shape of the incident X-ray beam and a small detection area of the photoelectron detector. After the elimination of the sources of spurious modulation, we observed a modulation factor of less than 3 percent for a grazing incidence angle as small as 5 deg. There is no observable difference in the pulse height distribution between s and p states.

  16. Microchannel plate pinhole camera for 20 to 100 keV x-ray imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, C.L.; Leipelt, G.R.; Nilson, D.G.

    1984-10-03

    We present the design and construction of a sensitive pinhole camera for imaging suprathermal x-rays. Our device is a pinhole camera consisting of four filtered pinholes and microchannel plate electron multiplier for x-ray detection and signal amplification. We report successful imaging of 20, 45, 70, and 100 keV x-ray emissions from the fusion targets at our Novette laser facility. Such imaging reveals features of the transport of hot electrons and provides views deep inside the target.

  17. ABRIXAS, an imaging telescope for a 0.5-10 keV survey.

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    Friedrich, P.; Hasinger, G.; Richter, G.; Fritze, K.; Trümper, J.; Bräuninger, H.; Predehl, P.; Staubert, R.; Kendziorra, E.

    1996-02-01

    In cooperation with DARA the authors are planning the small X-ray satellite mission ABRIXAS (A Broadband Imaging X-ray All-sky Survey), extending the ROSAT survey to the harder X-ray band (0.5-10 keV) with an angular resolution better than 1'. As a pathfinder mission, ideally before XMM and AXAF, it can pinpoint objects obscured for soft X-rays by absorbing gas and dust. Its main goal is to study the absorbed AGN population and its contribution to the X-ray background.

  18. Validation of modelled imaging plates sensitivity to 1-100 keV x-rays and spatial resolution characterisation for diagnostics for the "PETawatt Aquitaine Laser".

    PubMed

    Boutoux, G; Batani, D; Burgy, F; Ducret, J-E; Forestier-Colleoni, P; Hulin, S; Rabhi, N; Duval, A; Lecherbourg, L; Reverdin, C; Jakubowska, K; Szabo, C I; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S; Consoli, F; Curcio, A; De Angelis, R; Ingenito, F; Baggio, J; Raffestin, D

    2016-04-01

    Thanks to their high dynamic range and ability to withstand electromagnetic pulse, imaging plates (IPs) are commonly used as passive detectors in laser-plasma experiments. In the framework of the development of the diagnostics for the Petawatt Aquitaine Laser facility, we present an absolute calibration and spatial resolution study of five different available types of IP (namely, MS-SR-TR-MP-ND) performed by using laser-induced K-shell X-rays emitted by a solid silver target irradiated by the laser ECLIPSE at CEntre Lasers Intenses et Applications. In addition, IP sensitivity measurements were performed with a 160 kV X-ray generator at CEA DAM DIF, where the absolute response of IP SR and TR has been calibrated to X-rays in the energy range 8-75 keV with uncertainties of about 15%. Finally, the response functions have been modeled in Monte Carlo GEANT4 simulations in order to reproduce experimental data. Simulations enable extrapolation of the IP response functions to photon energies from 1 keV to 1 GeV, of interest, e.g., for laser-driven radiography. PMID:27131655

  19. Validation of modelled imaging plates sensitivity to 1-100 keV x-rays and spatial resolution characterisation for diagnostics for the "PETawatt Aquitaine Laser"

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    Boutoux, G.; Batani, D.; Burgy, F.; Ducret, J.-E.; Forestier-Colleoni, P.; Hulin, S.; Rabhi, N.; Duval, A.; Lecherbourg, L.; Reverdin, C.; Jakubowska, K.; Szabo, C. I.; Bastiani-Ceccotti, S.; Consoli, F.; Curcio, A.; De Angelis, R.; Ingenito, F.; Baggio, J.; Raffestin, D.

    2016-04-01

    Thanks to their high dynamic range and ability to withstand electromagnetic pulse, imaging plates (IPs) are commonly used as passive detectors in laser-plasma experiments. In the framework of the development of the diagnostics for the Petawatt Aquitaine Laser facility, we present an absolute calibration and spatial resolution study of five different available types of IP (namely, MS-SR-TR-MP-ND) performed by using laser-induced K-shell X-rays emitted by a solid silver target irradiated by the laser ECLIPSE at CEntre Lasers Intenses et Applications. In addition, IP sensitivity measurements were performed with a 160 kV X-ray generator at CEA DAM DIF, where the absolute response of IP SR and TR has been calibrated to X-rays in the energy range 8-75 keV with uncertainties of about 15%. Finally, the response functions have been modeled in Monte Carlo GEANT4 simulations in order to reproduce experimental data. Simulations enable extrapolation of the IP response functions to photon energies from 1 keV to 1 GeV, of interest, e.g., for laser-driven radiography.

  20. The 3H(d,γ)5He Reaction for Ec.m. ≤ 300 keV

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    Parker, C. E.; Brune, C. R.; Massey, T. N.; O'Donnell, J. E.; Richard, A. L.; Sayre, D. B.

    2016-03-01

    The 3H(d, γ)5He reaction has been measured using a 500-keV pulsed deuteron beam incident on a stopping titanium tritide target at Ohio University's Edwards Accelerator Laboratory. The time-of-flight (TOF) technique has been used to distinguish the γ-rays from neutrons detected in the bismuth germinate (BGO) γ-ray detector. A stilbene scintillator and an NE-213 scintillator have been used to detect the neutrons from the 3H(d, n)4He reaction using both the pulse-shape discrimination and TOF techniques. A newly-designed target holder with a silicon surface barrier detector to simultaneously measure α-particles to normalize the neutron count was incorporated for subsequent measurements. The γ-rays have been measured at laboratory angles of 0°, 45°, 90°, and 135°. Information about the γ-ray energy distribution for the unbound ground state and first excited state of 5He can be obtained experimentally by comparing the BGO data to Monte Carlo simulations. The 3H(d, γ)/3H(d, n) branching ratio has also been determined.

  1. Cross-field diffusion of energetic (100 keV to 2 MeV) protons in interplanetary space

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    Costa Jr, Edio da; Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Alves, Maria Virgínia; Echer, Ezequiel; Lakhina, Gurbax S. E-mail: costajr.e@gmail.com

    2013-12-01

    Magnetic field magnitude decreases (MDs) are observed in several regions of the interplanetary medium. In this paper, we characterize MDs observed by the Ulysses spacecraft instrumentation over the solar south pole by using magnetic field data to obtain the empirical size, magnetic field MD, and frequency of occurrence distribution functions. The interaction of energetic (100 keV to 2 MeV) protons with these MDs is investigated. Charged particle and MD interactions can be described by a geometrical model allowing the calculation of the guiding center shift after each interaction. Using the distribution functions for the MD characteristics, Monte Carlo simulations are used to obtain the cross-field diffusion coefficients as a function of particle kinetic energy. It is found that the protons under consideration cross-field diffuse at a rate of up to ≈11% of the Bohm rate. The same method used in this paper can be applied to other space regions where MDs are observed, once their local features are well known.

  2. The angular distribution of solar wind ˜20-200 keV superhalo electrons at quiet times

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    Yang, Liu; Wang, Linghua; Li, Gang; He, Jiansen; Salem, Chadi S.; Tu, Chuanyi; Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.; Bale, Stuart D.

    2016-03-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the angular distribution of ˜20-200 keV superhalo electrons measured at 1 AU by the WIND 3DP instrument during quiet times from 1995 January through 2005 December. According to the interplanetary magnetic field, we re-bin the observed electron pitch angle distributions to obtain the differential flux, Jout (Jin), of electrons traveling outward from (inward toward) the Sun, and define the anisotropy of superhalo electrons as A =2/(Jo u t-Ji n) Jo u t+Ji n at a given energy. We found that for out in ˜96% of the selected quiet-time samples, superhalo electrons have isotropic angular distributions, while for ˜3% (˜1%) of quiet-time samples, superhalo electrons are outward-anisotropic (inward-anisotropic). All three groups of angular distributions show no correlation with the local solar wind plasma, interplanetary magnetic field and turbulence. Furthermore, the superhalo electron spectral index shows no correlation with the spectral index of local solar wind turbulence. These quiet-time superhalo electrons may be accelerated by nonthermal processes related to the solar wind source and strongly scattered/ reflected in the interplanetary medium, or could be formed due to the electron acceleration through the interplanetary medium.

  3. 60 keV Ar⁺-ion induced modification of microstructural, compositional, and vibrational properties of InSb

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    Datta, D. P.; Garg, S. K.; Som, T.; Satpati, B.; Kanjilal, A.; Dhara, S.; Kanjilal, D.

    2014-10-14

    Room temperature irradiation of InSb(111) by 60 keV Ar⁺-ions at normal (0°) and oblique (60°) angles of incidence led to the formation of nanoporous structure in the high fluence regime of 1×10¹⁷ to 3×10¹⁸ ions cm⁻². While a porous layer comprising of a network of interconnected nanofibers was generated by normal ion incidence, evolution of plate-like structures was observed for obliquely incident ions. Systematic studies of composition and structure using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman mapping, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy revealed a high degree of oxidation of the ion-induced microstructures with the presence of In₂O₃ and Sb₂O₃ phases and presence of nanocrystallites within the nanoporous structures. The observed structural evolution was understood in terms of processes driven by ion-induced defect accumulation within InSb.

  4. Excitation and charge transfer in H-H+ collisions at 5-80 keV and application to astrophysical shocks

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    Tseliakhovich, Dmitriy; Hirata, Christopher M.; Heng, Kevin

    2012-05-01

    In astrophysical regimes where the collisional excitation of hydrogen atoms is relevant, the cross-sections for the interactions of hydrogen atoms with electrons and protons are necessary for calculating line profiles and intensities. In particular, at relative velocities exceeding ˜1000 km s-1, collisional excitation by protons dominates over that by electrons. Surprisingly, the H-H+ cross-sections at these velocities do not exist for atomic levels of n≥ 4, forcing researchers to utilize extrapolation via inaccurate scaling laws. In this study, we present a faster and improved algorithm for computing cross-sections for the H-H+ collisional system, including excitation and charge transfer to the n≥ 2 levels of the hydrogen atom. We develop a code named BDSCX which directly solves the Schrödinger equation with variable (but non-adaptive) resolution and utilizes a hybrid spatial-Fourier grid. Our novel hybrid grid reduces the number of grid points needed from ˜4000n6 (for a 'brute force', Cartesian grid) to ˜2000n4 and speeds up the computation by a factor of ˜50 for calculations going up to n= 4. We present (l, m)-resolved results for charge transfer and excitation final states for n= 2-4 and for projectile energies of 5-80 keV, as well as fitting functions for the cross-sections. The ability to accurately compute H-H+ cross-sections to n= 4 allows us to calculate the Balmer decrement, the ratio of Hα to Hβ line intensities. We find that the Balmer decrement starts to increase beyond its largely constant value of 2-3 below 10 keV, reaching values of 4-5 at 5 keV, thus complicating its use as a diagnostic of dust extinction when fast (˜1000 km s-1) shocks are impinging upon the ambient interstellar medium.

  5. Improving accuracy and reliability of 186-keV measurements for unattended enrichment monitoring

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    Ianakiev, Kiril D; Boyer, Brian D; Swinhoe, Martyn T; Moss, Calvin E; Goda, Joetta M; Favalli, Andrea; Lombardi, Marcie; Paffett, Mark T; Hill, Thomas R; MacArthur, Duncan W; Smith, Morag K

    2010-04-13

    Improving the quality of safeguards measurements at Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plants (GCEPs), whilst reducing the inspection effort, is an important objective given the number of existing and new plants that need to be safeguarded. A useful tool in many safeguards approaches is the on-line monitoring of enrichment in process pipes. One aspect of this measurement is a simple, reliable and precise passive measurement of the 186-keV line from {sup 235}U. (The other information required is the amount of gas in the pipe. This can be obtained by transmission measurements or pressure measurements). In this paper we describe our research efforts towards such a passive measurement system. The system includes redundant measurements of the 186-keV line from the gas and separately from the wall deposits. The design also includes measures to reduce the effect of the potentially important background. Such an approach would practically eliminate false alarms and can maintain the operation of the system even with a hardware malfunction in one of the channels. The work involves Monte Carlo modeling and the construction of a proof-of-principle prototype. We will carry out experimental tests with UF{sub 6} gas in pipes with and without deposits in order to demonstrate the deposit correction.

  6. EMISSION LINES BETWEEN 1 AND 2 keV IN COMETARY X-RAY SPECTRA

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    Ewing, Ian; Christian, Damian J.; Bodewits, Dennis; Dennerl, Konrad; Lisse, Carey M.; Wolk, Scott J. E-mail: daman.christian@csun.edu

    2013-01-20

    We present the detection of new cometary X-ray emission lines in the 1.0-2.0 keV range using a sample of comets observed with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and ACIS spectrometer. We have selected five comets from the Chandra sample with good signal-to-noise spectra. The surveyed comets are C/1999 S4 (LINEAR), C/1999 T1 (McNaught-Hartley), 153P/2002 (Ikeya-Zhang), 2P/2003 (Encke), and C/2008 8P (Tuttle). We modeled the spectra with an extended version of our solar wind charge exchange (SWCX) emission model. Above 1 keV, we find Ikeya-Zhang to have strong emission lines at 1340 and 1850 eV which we identify as being created by SWCX lines of Mg XI and Si XIII, respectively, and weaker emission lines at 1470, 1600, and 1950 eV formed by SWCX of Mg XII, Mg XI, and Si XIV, respectively. The Mg XI and XII and Si XIII and XIV lines are detected at a significant level for the other comets in our sample (LS4, MH, Encke, 8P), and these lines promise additional diagnostics to be included in SWCX models. The silicon lines in the 1700-2000 eV range are detected for all comets, but with the rising background and decreasing cometary emission, we caution that these detections need further confirmation with higher resolution instruments.

  7. The 16 August 1997 Novaya Zemlya seismic event as viewed from GSN stations KEV and KBS

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    Hartse, H.E.

    1997-11-01

    Using current and historic seismic records from Global Seismic Network stations KEV and KBS, the authors find that S minus P arrival time comparisons between nuclear explosions and the 16 August 1997 seismic event (m{sub b} {approx} 3.6) from near Novaya Zemlya clearly indicate that (relative to KEV) the 16 August event occurred at least 80 km east of the Russian test site. Including S minus P arrival times from KBS constrains the location to beneath the Kara Sea and in good agreement with previously reported locations, over 100 km southeast of the test site. From an analysis of P{sub n}/S{sub n} waveform ratios at frequencies above 4 Hz, they find that the 16 August event falls within the population of regional earthquakes and is distinctly separated from Novaya Zemlya and other northern Eurasian nuclear explosion populations. Thus, given its location and waveform characteristics, they conclude the 16 August event was an earthquake. The 16 August event was not detected at teleseismic distances, and thus, this event provides a good example of the regional detection, location, and identification efforts that will be required to monitor the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty below m{sub b} {approx} 4.

  8. Blistering of GaAs by low keV H, D, and He ions

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    Giguere, Alexandre; Desrosiers, Nicholas; Terreault, Bernard

    2005-11-21

    The thermally activated blistering of the GaAs (100) surface after 5- and 10 keV H, D, and He ion implantations was investigated. A large isotope effect is observed as the critical blistering fluences are two to three times higher for D than for H ions. Blistering and exfoliation are also obtained for very low He ion fluence, contrary to Si which is impervious to He blistering in the same conditions. The exfoliated crater depth depends strongly on the He fluence, varying, at 10 keV, from 75{+-}10 nm (for 1.6x10{sup 16} He/cm{sup 2}), consistent with the ion projected range determined by computation, to a saturation value of 155{+-}10 nm for doses >4x10{sup 16} He/cm{sup 2}. Our results suggest that the fracture leading to cleavage is triggered at a local He concentration of about 2 at. %, where dislocations and nanocavities are created.

  9. Spatial distribution and broad-band spectral characteristics of the diffuse X-ray background, 0.1 - 1.0 keV

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    Mccammon, D.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.; Burrows, D. N.

    1979-01-01

    Preliminary maps covering more than 85 percent of the sky are presented for three energy bands: the B band, the C band, and the M band. The study was undertaken to find evidence that most of the diffuse X-ray background at energies less than 1 keV is local to the galaxy and that it is most probably due to thermal radiation from a low density plasma which fills a substantial fraction of interstellar space. A preliminary analysis of the data is provided including a report that most of the B and C band flux has a common origin, probably in a 10 to the 6th power K region surrounding the Sun, and that most of the M band flux does not originate from the same material.

  10. Cross calibration of new x-ray films against direct exposure film from 1 to 8 keV using the X-pinch x-ray source

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    Chandler, K. M.; Pikuz, S. A.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Mitchell, M. D.; Hammer, D. A.; Knauer, J. P.

    2005-11-01

    A cross calibration of readily available x-ray sensitive films has been carried out against the calibrated direct exposure film (DEF) which is no longer being manufactured by Kodak. Four-wire X pinches made from various metal wires were used as x-ray sources for this purpose. Tests were carried out for the Kodak films Biomax MS, Biomax XAR, M100, Technical Pan, and T-Max over the energy range of 1-8keV (12.4-1.5Å wavelength). The same hand-development procedures as described by Henke et al. [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 1540 (1986)] were followed for all films in every test. Sensitivity curves as a function of wavelength for these films relative DEF are presented. These relative calibrations show that Biomax MS is likely to be the best replacement film for DEF for most purposes over the energy range tested here.

  11. Close-packed Arrays of Transition-edge X-ray Microcalorimeters with High Spectral Resolution at 5.9 keV

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    Iyomoto, N.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Brown, A.-D.; Chervenak, J. A.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.

    2007-01-01

    We present measurements of high fill-factor arrays of superconducting transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters designed to provide rapid thermalization of the x-ray energy. We designed an x-ray absorber that is cantilevered over the sensitive part of the thermometer itself, making contact only at normal metal-features. With absorbers made of electroplated gold, we have demonstrated an energy resolution between 2.4 and 3.1 eV at 5.9 keV on 13 separate pixels. We have determined the thermal and electrical parameters of the devices throughout the superconducting transition, and, using these parameters, have modeled all aspects of the detector performance.

  12. Observations of energetic electrons /E no less than about 200 keV/ in the earth's magnetotail - Plasma sheet and fireball observations

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    Baker, D. N.; Stone, E. C.

    1977-01-01

    An earlier paper by the authors (1976) has reported on energetic electron anisotropies observed in conjunction with the acceleration regions identified by Frank et al., (1976). The present paper gives more detailed analyses of observations in the distant plasma sheet, including specific features of intensities, energy spectra, and pitch angle distributions of the very energetic electrons associated with intense plasma particle events, with energies ranging between 50 eV and 45 keV, detected with an electron/isotope spectrometer aboard the earth-orbiting spacecraft Imp 8. Two domains are considered: the plasma sheet and the regions near and within the localized magnetotail acceleration regions known as the fireball regions. The instrumentation used offered a number of observational advantages over many previous studies, including inherently low background, large geometric factors, excellent species identification, good angular distribution measurement capability, and availability of high resolution of differential intensities.

  13. Close-packed arrays of transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters with high spectral resolution at 5.9 keV

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    Iyomoto, N.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Brown, A.-D.; Chervenak, J. A.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.

    2008-01-07

    We present measurements of high fill-factor arrays of superconducting transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters designed to provide rapid thermalization of the x-ray energy. We designed an x-ray absorber that is cantilevered over the sensitive part of the thermometer itself, making contact only at normal-metal features. With absorbers made of electroplated gold, we have demonstrated an energy resolution between 2.4 and 3.1 eV at 5.9 keV on 13 separate pixels. We have determined the thermal and electrical parameters of the devices throughout the superconducting transition and, using these parameters, have modeled all aspects of the detector performance.

  14. Classical-trajectory Monte Carlo calculations of the electronic stopping cross section for keV protons and antiprotons impinging on hydrogen atoms

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    Custidiano, Ernesto R.; Jakas, Mario M.

    2005-08-15

    Using the classical-trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) method, the electronic stopping cross sections of hydrogen atoms by protons and antiprotons impact are calculated. The results show that the CTMC method compares fairly well with previous quantum mechanics calculations of the stopping cross sections for the same colliding pairs. It turns out therefore that the CTMC method constitutes a reliable and, computationally speaking, convenient alternative to calculate the stopping of ions in matter. The present results also show that the stopping appears to be particularly sensitive to the angular momentum (L) of the electron orbit. In the case of protons, the highest sensitivity to L becomes evident around the energy of the maximum stopping. While for antiprotons the largest sensitivity of the stopping to L is observed down at low bombarding energies, i.e., below 10 keV.

  15. Common origin of the 3.55 keV x-ray line and the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess in a radiative neutrino mass model

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    Borah, Debasish; Dasgupta, Arnab; Adhikari, Rathin

    2015-10-01

    We attempt to simultaneously explain the recently observed 3.55 keV x-ray line in the analysis of XMM-Newton telescope data and the Galactic Center gamma ray excess observed by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope within an Abelian gauge extension of the standard model. We consider a two component dark matter scenario with tree level mass difference 3.55 keV such that the heavier one can decay into the lighter one and a photon with energy 3.55 keV. The lighter dark matter candidate is protected from decaying into the standard model particles by a remnant Z2 symmetry into which the Abelian gauge symmetry gets spontaneously broken. If the mass of the dark matter particle is chosen to be within 31-40 GeV, then this model can also explain the Galactic Center gamma ray excess if the dark matter annihilation into b b ¯ pairs has a cross section of ⟨σ v ⟩≃(1.4 -2.0 )×1 0-26 cm3/s . We constrain the model from the requirement of producing correct dark matter relic density, 3.55 keV x-ray line flux, and Galactic Center gamma ray excess. We also impose the bounds coming from dark matter direct detection experiments as well as collider limits on additional gauge boson mass and gauge coupling. We also briefly discuss how this model can give rise to subelectron volt neutrino masses at tree level as well as the one-loop level while keeping the dark matter mass at a few tens of giga-electron volts. We also constrain the model parameters from the requirement of keeping the one-loop mass difference between two dark matter particles below a kilo-electron volt. We find that the constraints from light neutrino mass and kilo-electron volt mass splitting between two dark matter components show more preference for opposite C P eigenvalues of the two fermion singlet dark matter candidates in the model.

  16. A mass analysis technique using coincidence measurements from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer-Hi (approximately 0.3- approximately 6 keV) detector.

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    Allegrini, F; Ebert, R W; Alquiza, J; Broiles, T; Dunn, C; McComas, D J; Silva, I; Valek, P; Westlake, J

    2008-09-01

    NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, scheduled to launch in October 2008, will make the first observations of charge exchange energetic neutral atoms (ENAs) produced near the edge of the heliosphere. IBEX will measure these ENAs with two ultra-high sensitivity, single-pixel ENA sensors in the energy range of approximately 0.01- approximately 2 keV (IBEX-Lo) and approximately 0.3- approximately 6 keV (IBEX-Hi), respectively. The primary purpose of IBEX is to measure hydrogen ENAs from the outer heliosphere, but it will also be sensitive to heavier species of ENAs produced anywhere throughout the solar system. For this study, we measured the coincidence response of the IBEX-Hi detector section to H, He, N, and O ions. Based on these results, we have developed an innovative technique in estimating the hydrogen to heavy ion ratio in the signal. This new technique can be applied more widely than the IBEX-Hi detector section, and the basic principle may be useful for other, future space and ground-based measurements. PMID:19044461

  17. Non-abelian dark matter solutions for Galactic gamma-ray excess and Perseus 3.5 keV X-ray line

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    Cheung, Kingman; Huang, Wei-Chih; Tsai, Yue-Lin Sming

    2015-05-26

    We attempt to explain simultaneously the Galactic center gamma-ray excess and the 3.5 keV X-ray line from the Perseus cluster based on a class of non-abelian SU(2) DM models, in which the dark matter and an excited state comprise a “dark” SU(2) doublet. The non-abelian group kinetically mixes with the standard model gauge group via dimensions-5 operators. The dark matter particles annihilate into standard model fermions, followed by fragmentation and bremsstrahlung, and thus producing a continuous spectrum of gamma-rays. On the other hand, the dark matter particles can annihilate into a pair of excited states, each of which decays back into the dark matter particle and an X-ray photon, which has an energy equal to the mass difference between the dark matter and the excited state, which is set to be 3.5 keV. The large hierarchy between the required X-ray and γ-ray annihilation cross-sections can be achieved by a very small kinetic mixing between the SM and dark sector, which effectively suppresses the annihilation into the standard model fermions but not into the excited state.

  18. Reaction rate of the 13C(α,n)16O neutron source using the ANC of the -3 keV resonance measured with the THM

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Trippella, O.; Kiss, G. G.; Rogachev, G. V.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Avila, M.; Guardo, G. L.; Koshchiy, E.; Kuchera, A.; Lamia, L.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Romano, S.; Santiago, D.; Spartà, R.

    2016-01-01

    The s-process is responsible of the synthesis of most of the nuclei in the mass range 90 ≤ A ≤ 208. It consists in a series of neutron capture reactions on seed nuclei followed by β-decays, since the neutron accretion rate is slower than the β-decay rate. Such small neutron flux is supplied by the 13C(α,n)16O reaction. It is active inside the helium-burning shell of asymptotic giant branch stars, at temperatures < 108 K, corresponding to an energy interval of 140-230 keV. In this region, the astrophysical S (E)-factor is dominated by the -3 keV sub-threshold resonance due to the 6.356 MeV level in 17O. In this work, we have applied the Trojan Horse Method (THM) to the 13C(6Li,n16O)d quasi-free reaction to extract the 6.356 MeV level resonance parameters, in particular the asymptotic normalization coefficient . A preliminary analysis of a partial data set has lead to , slightly larger than the values in the literature. However, the deduced 13C(α, n)16O reaction rate is in agreement with most results in the literature at ˜ 108 K, with enhanced accuracy thanks to our innovative approach merging together ANC and THM.

  19. An accuracy assessment of photo-ionization cross-section datasets for 1-2 keV x-rays in light elements using PIXE

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    Heirwegh, C. M.; Pradler, I.; Campbell, J. L.

    2013-09-01

    Proton-induced x-ray emission (PIXE) was used to assess the accuracy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology XCOM and FFAST photo-ionization cross-section databases in the low energy region (1-2 keV) for light elements. Characteristic x-ray yields generated in thick samples of Mg, Al and Si in elemental and oxide form, were compared to fundamental parameters computations of the expected x-ray yields; the database for this computation included XCOM attenuation coefficients. The resultant PIXE instrumental efficiency constant was found to differ by 4-6% between each element and its oxide. This discrepancy was traced to use of the XCOM Hartree-Slater photo-electric cross-sections. Substitution of the FFAST Hartree-Slater cross-sections reduced the effect. This suggests that for 1-2 keV x-rays in light element absorbers, the FFAST predictions of the photo-electric cross-sections are more accurate than the XCOM values.

  20. Simulation study of optimizing the 3-5 keV x-ray emission from pure Ar K-shell vs. Ag L-shell targets on the National Ignition Facility

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    Kemp, G. E.; Colvin, J. D.; Fournier, K. B.; Patel, M. V.; Scott, H. A.; Marinak, M.; Fisher, J. H.; Davis, J. F.

    2014-10-01

    High-flux x-ray sources are desirable for testing the radiation hardness of materials used in various civilian, space and military applications. For this study, there is an interest to design a source with primarily mid-energy (~ 3 keV) but limited soft (< 1 keV) x-ray contributions; we focus on optimizing the 3--5 keV non-LTE emission from targets consisting of pure Ar (K-shell) or Ag (L-shell) at sub-critical densities (~nc / 10) to ensure supersonic, volumetric laser heating with minimal losses to kinetic energy and thermal x rays. However, K and L-shell sources are expected to optimize at different temperatures and densities and it is a priori unclear under what target and laser conditions this will occur. Using HYDRA, a multi-dimensional, arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian, radiation-hydrodynamics code, we performed a simulation study by varying initial target density and laser parameters for each material as it would perform on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). We employ a model, benchmarked against Kr data collected on the NIF, that uses flux-limited Lee-More thermal conductivity and implicit Monte-Carlo photonics with non-LTE, detailed configuration accounting opacities from CRETIN. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  1. Laser acceleration and deflection of 963 keV electrons with a silicon dielectric structure

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    Leedle, Kenneth J.; Pease, R. Fabian; Byer, Robert L.; Harris, James S.

    2015-02-12

    Radio frequency particle accelerators are ubiquitous in ultrasmall and ultrafast science, but their size and cost have prompted exploration of compact and scalable alternatives such as the dielectric laser accelerator. We present the first demonstration, to the best of our knowledge, of high gradient laser acceleration and deflection of electrons with a silicon structure. Driven by a 5 nJ, 130 fs mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser at 907 nm wavelength, our devices achieve accelerating gradients in excess of 200 MeV/m and suboptical cycle streaking of 96.30 keV electrons. These results pave the way for high gradient silicon dielectric laser accelerators using commercialmore » lasers and subfemtosecond electron beam experiments.« less

  2. The Galactic 511 keV Line and the Intergalactic Positron Density

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    Vincent, Aaron C.; Vecchio, Antonio; Miralda-Escudé, Jordi; Garay, Carlos Peña

    1043 positrons per second annihilate in a compact spherical region around the centre of the Milky Way. At present, known astrophysical sources cannot account for this signal. In Ref. [1] we propose a novel scenario in which extragalactic positron sources such as radio jets of active galactic nuclei (AGN) fill the intergalactic medium (IGM) with MeV-scale e+e- pairs, which are then accreted into galaxies like the Milky Way. Interpreting the diffuse cosmic radio background (CRB) as arising from synchrotron radiation by such sources suggests that the intergalactic positron-to-electron ratio may be as high as 10-6. Assuming a simple spherical accretion model, this could account for the 511 keV emission of the galaxy.

  3. 350 keV accelerator based PGNAA setup to detect nitrogen in bulk samples

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    Naqvi, A. A.; Al-Matouq, Faris A.; Khiari, F. Z.; Gondal, M. A.; Rehman, Khateeb-ur; Isab, A. A.; Raashid, M.; Dastageer, M. A.

    2013-11-01

    Nitrogen concentration was measured in explosive and narcotics proxy material, e.g. anthranilic acid, caffeine, melamine, and urea samples, bulk samples through thermal neutron capture reaction using 350 keV accelerator based prompt gamma ray neutron activation (PGNAA) setup. Intensity of 2.52, 3.53-3.68, 4.51, 5.27-5.30 and 10.38 MeV prompt gamma rays of nitrogen from the bulk samples was measured using a cylindrical 100 mm×100 mm (diameter×height ) BGO detector. Inspite of interference of nitrogen gamma rays from bulk samples with capture prompt gamma rays from BGO detector material, an excellent agreement between the experimental and calculated yields of nitrogen gamma rays has been obtained. This is an indication of the excellent performance of the PGNAA setup for detection of nitrogen in bulk samples.

  4. MOLECULAR DYNAMICS OF CASCADES OVERLAP IN TUNGSTEN WITH 20-KEV PRIMARY KNOCK-ON ATOMS

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    Setyawan, Wahyu; Nandipati, Giridhar; Roche, Kenneth J.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Wirth, Brian D.

    2015-04-16

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the mutual influence of two subsequent cascades in tungsten. The influence is studied using 20-keV primary knock-on atoms, to induce one cascade after another separated by 15 ps, in a lattice temperature of 1025 K (i.e. 0.25 of the melting temperature of the interatomic potential). The center of mass of the vacancies at the peak damage during the cascade is taken as the location of the cascade. The distance between this location to that of the next cascade is taken as the overlap parameter. Empirical fits describing the number of surviving vacancies and interstitial atoms as a function of overlap are presented.

  5. Sputtering yields exceeding 1000 by 80 keV Xe irradiation of Au nanorods

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    Ilinov, A.; Kuronen, A.; Nordlund, K.; Greaves, G.; Hinks, J. A.; Busby, P.; Mellors, N. J.; Donnelly, S. E.

    2014-12-01

    Using experiments and computer simulations, we find that 80 keV Xe ion irradiation of Au nanorods can produce sputtering yields exceeding 1000, which to our knowledge are the highest yields reported for sputtering by single ions in the nuclear collision regime. This value is enhanced by more than an order of magnitude compared to the same irradiation of flat Au surfaces. Using MD simulations, we show that the very high yield can be understood as a combination of enhanced yields due to low incoming angles at the sides of the nanowire, as well as the high surface-to-volume ratio causing enhanced explosive sputtering from heat spikes. We also find, both in experiments and simulations, that channeling has a strong effect on the sputtering yield: if the incoming beam happens to be aligned with a crystal axis of the nanorod, the yield can decrease to about 100.

  6. Laboratory source based full-field x-ray microscopy at 9 keV

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    Fella, C.; Balles, A.; Wiest, W.; Zabler, S.; Hanke, R.

    2016-01-01

    In the past decade, hard x-ray transmission microscopy experienced tremendous developments. With the avail-ability of efficient Fresnel zone plates, even set-ups utilizing laboratory sources were developed [1]. In order to improve the performance of these x-ray microscopes, novel approaches to fabricate optical elements [2] and brighter x-ray tubes [3] are promising candidates. We are currently building a laboratory transmission x-ray microscope for 9.25 keV, using an electron impact liquid-metal-jet anode source. Up to now, the further elements of our setup are: a polycapillary condenser, a tungsten zone plate, and a scintillator which is optically coupled to a CMOS camera. However, further variations in terms of optical elements are intended. Here we present the current status of our work, as well as first experimental results.

  7. Tip-based source of femtosecond electron pulses at 30 keV

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    Hoffrogge, Johannes; Paul Stein, Jan; Krüger, Michael; Förster, Michael; Hammer, Jakob; Ehberger, Dominik; Baum, Peter; Hommelhoff, Peter

    2014-03-01

    We present a nano-scale photoelectron source, optimized for ultrashort pulse durations and well-suited for time-resolved diffraction and advanced laser acceleration experiments. A tungsten tip of several-ten-nanometers diameter mounted in a suppressor-extractor electrode configuration allows the generation of 30 keV electron pulses with an estimated pulse duration of 9 fs (standard deviation; 21 fs full width at half maximum) at the gun exit. We infer the pulse duration from particle tracking simulations, which are in excellent agreement with experimental measurements of the electron-optical properties of the source in the spatial domain. We also demonstrate femtosecond-laser triggered operation of the apparatus. The temporal broadening of the pulse upon propagation to a diffraction sample can be greatly reduced by collimating the beam. Besides the short electron pulse duration, a tip-based source is expected to feature a large transverse coherence and a nanometric emittance.

  8. A search for the 478 keV line from the decay of nucleosynthetic Be-7

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    Harris, Michael J.; Leising, Mark D.; Share, Gerald H.

    1991-01-01

    Unstable Be-7 (half-life 53.28 days) is expected to be present in the ejecta of classical novae. If the frequency of novae in the central Galaxy is high enough, a nearly steady state abundance of Be-7 will be present there. Data accumulated during transits of the Galactic center across the aperture of the Solar Maximum Mission Gamma Ray Spectrometer have been searched for evidence of the 478 keV gamma-ray line resulting from Be-7 decay. A 3-sigma upper limit of 0.00016 gamma/sq cm s has been placed on the emission in this line from the central radian of the Galactic plane. Less stringent limits have been set on the production of Be-7 in Nova Aquilae 1982, Nova Vulpeculae 1984 No. 2, and Nova Centauri 1986 from observations with the same instrument.

  9. Ion Source Development For The Proposed FNAL 750 keV Injector Upgrade

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    Bollinger, D. S.

    2011-09-26

    Currently there is a Proposed FNAL 750 keV Injector Upgrade for the replacement of the 40 year old Fermi National Laboratory (FNAL) Cockcroft-Walton accelerators with a new ion source and 200 MHz Radio Frequency Quadruple (RFQ). The slit type magnetron being used now will be replaced with a round aperture magnetron similar to the one used at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). Operational experience from BNL has shown that this type of source is more reliable with a longer lifetime due to better power efficiency. The current source development effort is to produce a reliable source with >60 mA of H{sup -} beam current, 15 Hz rep-rate, 100 {mu}s pulse width, and a duty factor of 0.15%. The source will be based on the BNL design along with development done at FNAL for the High Intensity Neutrino Source (HINS).

  10. Recent Updates on the Searches for the 3.55 keV Line

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    Bulbul, Esra; Miller, Eric D.; Bautz, Mark W.

    2016-04-01

    The abundance of ubiquitous dark matter is now well quantified by observations, yet its nature remains unknown. Dark matter is believed to be composed primarily of an elementary particle. The search for this particle is one of the major efforts in astrophysics and particle physics today. X-ray observations of dark matter dominated objects have the potential to reveal a signal from decaying or annihilating dark matter. We previously reported the detection of an unidentified emission line at 3.55 keV in the stacked XMM-Newton observations of galaxy clusters. The origin of this unidentified line could be attributed to the decay of dark matter particles. I will present the new results from the stacked Suzaku observations of galaxy clusters and provide a comprehensive review on the detections and limits in the literature.

  11. Evolution of nanodot morphology on polycarbonate (PC) surfaces by 40 keV Ar+

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    Goyal, Meetika; Chawla, Mahak; Gupta, Divya; Shekhawat, Nidhi; Sharma, Annu; Aggarwal, Sanjeev

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper we have discussed the effect of 40 keV Ar+ ions irradiation on nanoscale surface morphology of Polycarbonate (PC) substrate. Specimens were sputtered at off normal incidences of 30°, 40° and 50° with the fluence of 1 × 1016 Ar+cm-2. The topographical behaviour of specimens was studied by using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) technique. AFM study demonstrates the evolution of nano dot morphology on PC specimens on irradiating with 1 × 1016 Ar+cm-2. Average size of dots varied from 37-95 nm in this specified range of incidence while density of dots varied from 0.17-3.0 × 107 dotscm-2. Such variations in morphological features have been supported by estimation of ion range and sputtering yield through SRIM simulations.

  12. A liquefier system for keV neutron radiative capture reactions of a gaseous sample

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    Nobuhara, Y.; Nagai, Y.; Shima, T.; Makii, H.; Mishima, K.; Tomyo, A.; Takaoka, K.; Kinoshita, M.

    1999-11-01

    A system for liquefying a gaseous sample has been constructed in order to study the neutron-capture reaction of a sample using keV neutrons. It consists of a cryostat with a refrigeration system, a temperature-control system, a gas-handling system, and a vacuum system. It can liquefy all gaseous samples (except for He). Since we use a small amount of a compound of light elements, such as polycarbonate and acrylic resin, as the vacuum cell and the sample cell, we can measure the small neutron capture cross section of a sample having a few μb with a high S/N value by employing a prompt γ-ray detection method. The system has been shown to operate continuously for a long-term experiment using natural Ne gas without any problem.

  13. Effects of 70-keV electrons on two polyarylene ether ketones

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    Kingsbury, Kevin B.; Hawkins, Douglas S.; Orwoll, Robert A.; Kiefer, Richard L.; Long, Sheila A. T.

    1989-01-01

    Films prepared from two polyarylene ether ketones with the repeat units -PhC(O)PhC(O)-PhOPhXPhO- where X = C(CH3)2 or CH2 and Ph = C6H4, were bombarded with 70-keV electrons. The effects of irradiation were determined from the fraction of gel formed; the intrinsic viscosities, gel permeation chromatography, and NMR spectroscopy of the soluble portion of the irradiated films; and the changes in the IR spectra of the materials. In a Charlesby-Pinner analysis of the gel fractions of the polyarylene ether ketone with the isopropylidene group, the numbers of scission and cross-linking events per 100 eV (9649 kJ/mol) absorbed were found to be small with G(S) = 0.002 and G(X) = 0.009, respectively.

  14. keV sterile neutrino dark matter from singlet scalar decays: basic concepts and subtle features

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    Merle, Alexander; Totzauer, Maximilian

    2015-06-08

    We perform a detailed and illustrative study of the production of keV sterile neutrino Dark Matter (DM) by decays of singlet scalars in the early Universe. In the current study we focus on providing a clear and general overview of this production mechanism. For the first time we study all regimes possible on the level of momentum distribution functions, which we obtain by solving a system of Boltzmann equations. These quantities contain the full information about the production process, which allows us to not only track the evolution of the DM generation but to also take into account all bounds related to the spectrum, such as constraints from structure formation or from avoiding too much dark radiation. In particular we show that this simple production mechanism can, depending on the regime, lead to strongly non-thermal DM spectra which may even feature more than one peak in the momentum distribution. These cases could have particularly interesting consequences for cosmological structure formation, as their analysis requires more refined tools than the simplistic estimate using the free-streaming horizon. Here we present the mechanism including all concepts and subtleties involved, for now using the assumption that the effective number of relativistic degrees of freedom is constant during DM production, which is applicable in a significant fraction of the parameter space. This allows us to derive analytical results to back up our detailed numerical computations, thus leading to the most comprehensive picture of keV sterile neutrino DM production by singlet scalar decays that exists up to now.

  15. keV sterile neutrino dark matter from singlet scalar decays: basic concepts and subtle features

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    Merle, Alexander; Totzauer, Maximilian

    2015-06-01

    We perform a detailed and illustrative study of the production of keV sterile neutrino Dark Matter (DM) by decays of singlet scalars in the early Universe. In the current study we focus on providing a clear and general overview of this production mechanism. For the first time we study all regimes possible on the level of momentum distribution functions, which we obtain by solving a system of Boltzmann equations. These quantities contain the full information about the production process, which allows us to not only track the evolution of the DM generation but to also take into account all bounds related to the spectrum, such as constraints from structure formation or from avoiding too much dark radiation. In particular we show that this simple production mechanism can, depending on the regime, lead to strongly non-thermal DM spectra which may even feature more than one peak in the momentum distribution. These cases could have particularly interesting consequences for cosmological structure formation, as their analysis requires more refined tools than the simplistic estimate using the free-streaming horizon. Here we present the mechanism including all concepts and subtleties involved, for now using the assumption that the effective number of relativistic degrees of freedom is constant during DM production, which is applicable in a significant fraction of the parameter space. This allows us to derive analytical results to back up our detailed numerical computations, thus leading to the most comprehensive picture of keV sterile neutrino DM production by singlet scalar decays that exists up to now.

  16. The Extragalactic X-ray Background in the 0.2 - 2 keV Range

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    Wang, Q. Daniel

    1997-01-01

    We made the first measurement of the extragalactic 0.7 keV background. We detected the X-ray shadow of a neutral gas cloud in the Magellanic Bridge. We further constrained the point-like source contribution based on the mean spectrum of detected sources and on our early autocorrelation function analysis of the background. We find that our measurement extragalactic background intensity is significantly greater than the total point-like source contribution expected if sources are responsible for all the observed background intensity in the 1-2 keV range. For a further confirmation of the theoretical prediction of the hot intergalactic medium, we have conducted a pilot project to search for enhanced X-ray-emitting features near rich clusters of galaxies. We have reported the discovery of an elongated complex of extended X-ray-emitting objects in and around the galaxy cluster A2125, based on an archival deep ROSAT/PSPC observation. Using multicolor optical imaging of galaxies in the field, we find that this complex represents a hierarchical superstructure spanning approx. 11 Mpc at the redshift approx. 0.247. The multiple peak X-ray morphology and large blue galaxy fraction of A2125 indicate that the cluster is undergoing a coalescence of subunits. The superstructure contains two additional clusters, projected at distances of only 3 and 4.3 Mpc from A2125. The most interesting feature is, however, the low-surface-brightness X-ray emission from a moderate galaxy concentration away from individual clusters. The emission likely arises in a hot (approx. 10(exp 7) K) intergalactic medium, as predicted in N-body/hydro simulations of structure formation. These results demonstrate the potential of X-ray observations as a powerful tool to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

  17. QUIET-TIME INTERPLANETARY {approx}2-20 keV SUPERHALO ELECTRONS AT SOLAR MINIMUM

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    Wang, Linghua; Lin, Robert P.; Salem, Chadi; Pulupa, Marc; Larson, Davin E.; Luhmann, Janet G.; Yoon, Peter H.

    2012-07-01

    We present a statistical survey of {approx}2-20 keV superhalo electrons in the solar wind measured by the SupraThermal Electron instrument on board the two STEREO spacecraft during quiet-time periods from 2007 March through 2009 March at solar minimum. The observed superhalo electrons have a nearly isotropic angular distribution and a power-law spectrum, f{proportional_to}v{sup -{gamma}}, with {gamma} ranging from 5 to 8.7, with nearly half between 6.5 and 7.5, and an average index of 6.69 {+-} 0.90. The observed power-law spectrum varies significantly on a spatial scale of {approx}>0.1 AU and a temporal scale of {approx}>several days. The integrated density of quiet-time superhalo electrons at 2-20 keV ranges from {approx}10{sup -8} cm{sup -3} to 10{sup -6} cm{sup -3}, about 10{sup -9}-10{sup -6} of the solar wind density, and, as well as the power-law spectrum, shows no correlation with solar wind proton density, velocity, or temperature. The density of superhalo electrons appears to show a solar-cycle variation at solar minimum, while the power-law spectral index {gamma} has no solar-cycle variation. These quiet-time superhalo electrons are present even in the absence of any solar activity-e.g., active regions, flares or microflares, type III radio bursts, etc.-suggesting that they may be accelerated by processes such as resonant wave-particle interactions in the interplanetary medium, or possibly by nonthermal processes related to the acceleration of the solar wind such as nanoflares, or by acceleration at the CIR forward shocks.

  18. Dynamic transmission of intermediate energy proton through polycarbonate nanocapillary

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    Shao, J. X.; Wang, G. Y.; Ma, X.; Cui, Y.; Zhou, W.; Song, Q.; Chen, X. M.

    2014-04-01

    Dynamic transmission of 10~120keV proton through polycarbonate nanocapillary were observed. 10keV proton is guided along the capillary and the charge purity is about 80%. But protons with energies near 100keV show remarkable differences. The charge purity of them is also high, but the transmitted particles move along the direction of incident beam, while not along the capillary axis.

  19. Using the X-pinch x-ray source to Cross Calibrate new X-ray films with DEF from 1 - 10 keV

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    Shelkovenko, T. A.; Chandler, K. M.; Pikuz, S. A.; Mitchell, M. D.; Hammer, D. A.; Knauer, J.; Meyerhofer, D.; Carpenter, B.

    2004-11-01

    Due to the recent cessation of the production of DEF x-ray film, cross calibration with other films has become necessary in order to find a replacement for DEF. DEF is sensitive over a large energy range, 2 - 35 keV, with peak sensitivity in the range of 2.5 - 5 keV, and is used in many applications. Cross calibration tests were carried out for the following Kodak films: BiomaxMR, BiomaxXAR, M100, Technical Pan, and T-Max and the same development procedures as described by Henke et al.^2 were followed for all films in every test. Various wire materials were used for the X pinches, including Al, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pd, and Ti, to span the desired x-ray energy range. In each test, a convex mica spectrograph and a Focusing Spectrometer with Spatial Resolution in 1D (FSSR-1D) with a spherically bent mica crystal were used with two pieces of 35 mm film that were cut in half. One half piece of DEF and one half piece of one of the aforementioned films were placed in each of the spectrometers so that both films were exposed by the same x-ray fluence and spectrum in every case. The same spectrum was recorded on both films in each spectrometer so that a direct comparison of the spectral sensitivities is possible. The results of these cross-calibrations will be presented and discussed. This research was supported largely by the SSAA program of the NNSA under DOE Cooperative agreement DE-FC03-02NA00057 with Cornell University. ^2Henke, et. al, "High-energy x-ray response of photographic films: models and measurement" J.Opt.Soc.AmB Vol.3, No.11, Nov 1986.

  20. Evaluation of the 239Pu prompt fission neutron spectrum induced by neutrons of 500 keV and associated covariances

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    Neudecker, D.; Talou, P.; Kawano, T.; Smith, D. L.; Capote, R.; Rising, M. E.; Kahler, A. C.

    2015-08-01

    We present evaluations of the prompt fission neutron spectrum (PFNS) of 239Pu induced by 500 keV neutrons, and associated covariances. In a previous evaluation by Talou et al. (2010), surprisingly low evaluated uncertainties were obtained, partly due to simplifying assumptions in the quantification of uncertainties from experiment and model. Therefore, special emphasis is placed here on a thorough uncertainty quantification of experimental data and of the Los Alamos model predicted values entering the evaluation. In addition, the Los Alamos model was extended and an evaluation technique was employed that takes into account the qualitative differences between normalized model predicted values and experimental shape data. These improvements lead to changes in the evaluated PFNS and overall larger evaluated uncertainties than in the previous work. However, these evaluated uncertainties are still smaller than those obtained in a statistical analysis using experimental information only, due to strong model correlations. Hence, suggestions to estimate model defect uncertainties are presented, which lead to more reasonable evaluated uncertainties. The calculated keff of selected criticality benchmarks obtained with these new evaluations agree with each other within their uncertainties despite the different approaches to estimate model defect uncertainties. The keff one standard deviations overlap with some of those obtained using ENDF/B-VII.1, albeit their mean values are further away from unity. Spectral indexes for the Jezebel critical assembly calculated with the newly evaluated PFNS agree with the experimental data for selected (n,γ) and (n,f) reactions, and show improvements for high-energy threshold (n,2n) reactions compared to ENDF/B-VII.1.

  1. Charged particle equilibrium corrections for photon sources from 400 keV to 1.4 MeV

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    Vasudevan, Latha

    Lack of charged particle equilibrium (CPE) has practical importance in radiological health protection, in nuclear medicine, and radiobiology where small radioactive point sources irradiate the human body accidentally or may be introduced into the body for diagnostic, therapeutic, or analytical purposes. The absorbed dose under CPE is readily calculated from knowledge of the photon energy fluence and mass-absorption coefficient of the material. When estimating absorbed dose rates at points close to the source, the primary radiation field varies appreciably over the region within the range of secondary particles. Under such conditions, CPE does not exist and prediction of absorbed dose becomes difficult. However, if one applies correction factors for non-CPE conditions, absorbed dose rates can be calculated fairly easily. In this dissertation, a CPE model was developed for non-CPE conditions to predict the fraction of charged particle equilibrium (GammaCPE) attained in a water medium for point sources of energies in the range from 400 keV to 1.4 MeV using EGS4-DOSRZ Monte Carlo calculation. A new methodology to calculate absorbed dose and kerma along the central axis of the cylindrical phantom was presented and the results were found to be in excellent agreement with published values. In order to corroborate with the EGS4-DOSRZ calculation, another model based on the Klein-Nishina single scattering cross section was developed to quantify the GammaCPE attained in water for point sources. A CPE path length coefficient (mu cm-1) was found for each photon energy and compared with published values. This coefficient was used to determine dose rates averaged over 1 cm2 at depths that are of interest in skin dose exposures. Experimental measurements of CPE were carried out for a Co-60 point source using GAFCHROMICRTM MD-55 film (1990) as the dosimetry media. The films were read using a document scanner. Dose rates obtained using the scanner method were compared with those obtained using the single scattering model and excellent agreement was observed. Finally, the empirical model for GammaCPE was implemented in a point kernel dose calculation code WISE and SIMPLE. A Windows-based user interface was also created for the modified code. The code was tested for various geometries and the results compared against those obtained using a very popular commercial code, MICROSHIELD(c).

  2. Energy.

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    Online-Offline, 1998

    1998-01-01

    This issue focuses on the theme of "Energy," and describes several educational resources (Web sites, CD-ROMs and software, videos, books, activities, and other resources). Sidebars offer features on alternative energy, animal energy, internal combustion engines, and energy from food. Subthemes include harnessing energy, human energy, and natural…

  3. Energy.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Online-Offline, 1998

    1998-01-01

    This issue focuses on the theme of "Energy," and describes several educational resources (Web sites, CD-ROMs and software, videos, books, activities, and other resources). Sidebars offer features on alternative energy, animal energy, internal combustion engines, and energy from food. Subthemes include harnessing energy, human energy, and natural

  4. Analysis of 6.4 KEV Moessbauer Spectra Obtained with MIMOS II on MER on Cobbles at Meridiani Planum, Mars and Considerations on Penetration Depths

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    Fleischer, I.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Morris, R. V.; Schroder, C.; Rodionov, D.; deSouza, P.

    2008-01-01

    The miniaturized Moessbauer (MB) spectrometers MIMOS II [1] on board of the two Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have obtained more than 600 spectra of more than 300 different rock and soil targets [2-7]. Both instruments have simultaneously collected 6.4 keV X-ray and 14.4 keV .-ray spectra in backscattering geometry [1]. With Spirit's MB spectrometer, 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra have been obtained for all targets through sol 461. After this date, only 14.4 keV spectra were collected. With Opportunity's spectrometer, 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra have been collected for all targets to date. The Fe-mineralogy of rock and soil targets at both landing sites reported to date has been exclusively extracted from 14.4 keV spectra [2-5]. The comparison of 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra provides depth selective information about a sample, but interpretation is not always straightforward [8].

  5. Anomalous X-ray galactic signal from 7.1 keV spin-3/2 dark matter decay

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    Dutta, Sukanta; Goyal, Ashok; Kumar, Sanjeev

    2016-02-01

    In order to explain the recently reported peak at 3.55 keV in the galactic X-ray spectrum, we propose a simple model. In this model, the Standard Model is extended by including a neutral spin-3/2 vector-like fermion that transforms like a singlet under SM gauge group. This 7.1 keV spin-3/2 fermion is considered to comprise a portion of the observed dark matter. Its decay into a neutrino and a photon with decay life commensurate with the observed data, fits the relic dark matter density and obeys the astrophysical constraints from the supernova cooling.

  6. Measurement of the MACS of {sup 159}Tb(n, ?) at kT=30 keV by Activation

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    Praena, J.; Mastinu, P.F.; Pignatari, M.; Quesada, J.M.; Capote, R.; Morilla, Y.

    2014-06-15

    The measurement of the Maxwellian-Averaged Cross-Section (MACS) of the {sup 159}Tb(n, ?) reaction at kT=30 keV by the activation technique is presented. An innovative method for the generation of Maxwellian neutron spectra at kT=30 keV is used. An experimental value of 2166181 mb agrees well with the MACS value derived from the ENDF/B-VII.1 evaluation, but is higher than KADoNiS recommended value of 1580150 mb. Astrophysical implications are studied.

  7. Neutron-induced fission cross section of 237Np in the keV to MeV range at the CERN n_TOF facility

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    Diakaki, M.; Karadimos, D.; Vlastou, R.; Kokkoris, M.; Demetriou, P.; Skordis, E.; Tsinganis, A.; Abbondanno, U.; Aerts, G.; Álvarez, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Bečvář, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calviani, M.; Calviño, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrillo de Albornoz, A.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; David, S.; Dolfini, R.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dorochenko, A.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, Ch.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fitzpatrick, L.; Frais-Koelbl, H.; Fuji, K.; Furman, W.; Goncalves, I.; Gallino, R.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Goverdovski, A.; Gramegna, F.; Griesmayer, E.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Ioannidis, K.; Isaev, S.; Jericha, E.; Kadi, Y.; Käppeler, F.; Karamanis, D.; Kerveno, M.; Ketlerov, V.; Koehler, P.; Kolokolov, D.; Konovalov, V.; Krtička, M.; Lamboudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marques, L.; Marrone, S.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P. M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; O'Brien, S.; Oshima, M.; Pancin, J.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rosetti, M.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Sedysheva, M.; Stamoulis, K.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J. L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M. C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Voss, F.; Wendler, H.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K.; n TOF Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    The neutron-induced fission cross section of 237Np was experimentally determined at the high-resolution and high-intensity facility n_TOF, at CERN, in the energy range 100 keV to 9 MeV, using the 235U(n ,f ) and 238U(n ,f ) cross section standards below and above 2 MeV, respectively. A fast ionization chamber was used in order to detect the fission fragments from the reactions and the targets were characterized as far as their mass and homogeneity are concerned by means of α spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy respectively. Theoretical calculations within the Hauser-Feshbach formalism have been performed, employing the empire code, and the model parameters were tuned in order to successfully reproduce the experimental fission cross-sectional data and simultaneously all the competing reaction channels.

  8. Measurement of the 477.6-keV γ -ray production cross section following inelastic neutron scattering by 7Li

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    Nyman, M.; Belloni, F.; Ichinkhorloo, D.; Pirovano, E.; Plompen, A. J. M.; Rouki, C.

    2016-02-01

    The γ -ray production cross section for the 477.6-keV 1 /2-→3 /2g.s . - transition in 7Li following inelastic neutron scattering has been measured from the reaction threshold up to 18 MeV. This cross section is interesting as a possible standard for other γ -ray production cross-section measurements. The experiment was conducted at the GELINA pulsed white neutron source with the GAINS spectrometer consisting of 12 high-purity germanium detectors. The time-of-flight method was used for neutron energy determination. The sample was an optical-quality lithium fluoride disk and the neutron flux was monitored using a 235U fission chamber. Previous measurements of this cross section are reviewed and compared with our results. Recently, the examined cross section has been calculated using the continuum-discretized coupled-channels method. The results are found to be in reasonable agreement with the experimental data.

  9. Verification of Compton scattering spectrum of a 662keV photon beam scattered on a cylindrical steel target using MCNP5 code.

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    Thanh, Tran Thien; Nguyen, Vo Hoang; Chuong, Huynh Dinh; Tran, Le Bao; Tam, Hoang Duc; Binh, Nguyen Thi; Tao, Chau Van

    2015-11-01

    This article focuses on the possible application of a (137)Cs low-radioactive source (5mCi) and a NaI(Tl) detector for measuring the saturation thickness of solid cylindrical steel targets. In order to increase the reliability of the obtained experimental results and to verify the detector response function of Compton scattering spectrum, simulation using Monte Carlo N-particle (MCNP5) code is performed. The obtained results are in good agreement with the response functions of the simulation scattering and experimental scattering spectra. On the basis of such spectra, the saturation depth of a steel cylinder is determined by experiment and simulation at about 27mm using gamma energy of 662keV ((137)Cs) at a scattering angle of 120°. This study aims at measuring the diameter of solid cylindrical objects by gamma-scattering technique. PMID:26363240

  10. "Fast" and "thick" e-beam resists exposed with multi-beam tool at 5 keV for implants and mature nodes: experimental and simulated model study

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    Fay, Aurélien; Thiam, Ndeye A.; Cordini, Marie-Laure; Servin, Isabelle; Constancias, Christophe; Lattard, Ludovic; Pain, Laurent

    2015-03-01

    In addition to sub-20 nm technology nodes, multi-beam lithography at low-energy has also the capability to address mature CMOS technologies [130-45nm nodes] with high throughput and significant manufacturing costs reduction. It requires both "fast" resists for throughput gain and cost of ownership and "thick" resists matched with the current post-lithography processes such as etching and implant steps. We successfully demonstrated patterning of 45-130 nm nodes structures on different thick resists (up to 160 nm) with a 5 keV Mapper pre-alpha tool. In parallel, we developed a theoretical model to simulate 3D patterning showing good agreement with our experimental results.

  11. Determination of mass attenuation coefficient by numerical absorption calibration with Monte-Carlo simulations at 59.54 keV

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    Degrelle, D.; Mavon, C.; Groetz, J.-E.

    2016-04-01

    This study presents a numerical method in order to determine the mass attenuation coefficient of a sample with an unknown chemical composition at low energy. It is compared with two experimental methods: a graphic method and a transmission method. The method proposes to realise a numerical absorption calibration curve to process experimental results. Demineralised water with known mass attenuation coefficient (0.2066cm2g-1 at 59.54 keV) is chosen to confirm the method. 0.1964 ± 0.0350cm2g-1 is the average value determined by the numerical method, that is to say less than 5% relative deviation compared to more than 47% for the experimental methods.

  12. Observation of energetic particles (E greater than 30 keV) by the Giotto experiment EPA in the magnetic cavity of Comet Halley

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    Kirsch, E.; McKenna-Lawlor, S.; Osullivan, D.; Thompson, A.; Daly, P. W.

    1987-09-01

    The Energetic Particle Analyzer EPA/EPONA onboard the Giotto S/C detected on 14 March, 1986 in the magnetic cavity of Comet Halley energetic ions with energies greater than 3.5 MeV as well as electrons greater than 300 keV. Between the forward and backward viewing telescopes an anisotropy ratio in the count rates of 2:1 is observed which results from energetic ions since neutral particles should not be detectable. The energetic ions are quasi trapped and can exceed the cavity due to their large gyroradii whereas electrons are more confined inside the contact surface. It is suggested that ions and electrons are accelerated by field line merging processes which seem to be possible at the sunward side of the pile-up region. Fermi acceleration of ions inside the cavity by multiple scattering processes and the entry of energized pick-up ions from the cometosheath region into the cavity must be considered.

  13. Measurements of L shell X-ray yields of thick Ag target by 6-29 keV electron impact

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    Zhao, J. L.; Tian, L. X.; Li, X. L.; An, Z.; Zhu, J. J.; Liu, M. T.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, the L shell X-ray yields for a thick Ag target have been measured at incident electron energies of 6-29 keV. The experimental values are compared with the Monte Carlo simulation results that are obtained by using the PENELOPE code, in which the inner-shell ionization cross sections by electron impact calculated in the theoretical frame of distorted wave Born approximation are used. The experimental and simulation values are in agreement with ~10% difference. Meanwhile, the L shell X-ray production cross sections are also obtained based on the measured L shell X-ray yields for a thick Ag target in this paper, and are compared with other experimental Ag L shell X-ray production cross section data by electron and positron impact measured previously and some theoretical models. Some factors that could affect these comparisons are also discussed in this paper.

  14. Investigation of Methanol Formation Mechanisms in H2O+CH4 Ices Subjected to 5 keV Electrons at a 10-100 K Temperature Range

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    Stelmach, K. B.; Cooper, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Methane (CH4) and water are one of the most common molecules in both planetary bodies and interstellar dust grains. Another common molecule, methanol (CH3OH), is thought to form in CH4+H2O ices. However, the exact formation mechanisms of methanol from cosmic rays are not well known, especially in the temperatures of interest. Experiments were performed using high energy electrons (5 keV) to irradiate mixtures of 1:10, 1:5, and 1:3 CH4+H2O ices under a temperature range of 10-100 Kelvin with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy being used to identify the products. Isotopologues of the two molecules (D2O and CD4) were used to probe for the mechanisms. Other products were formed as well and their potential mechanisms are identified. The implications of the mechanisms for planetary and interstellar chemistry are discussed.

  15. The BeppoSAX 2-10 keV survey

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    Giommi, P.; Perri, M.; Fiore, F.

    2000-10-01

    We present the results of a 2-10 keV BeppoSAX survey based on 140 high galactic latitude MECS fields, 12 of which are deep exposures of ``blank'' parts of the sky. The limiting sensitivity is 5*E-14 erg cm -2s-1 where about 25% of the Cosmic X-ray Background (CXB) is resolved into discrete sources. The logN-logS function, built with a statistically complete sample of 177 sources, is steep and in good agreement with the counts derived from ASCA surveys. A CXB fluctuation analysis allowed us to probe the logN-logS down to about 1.5*E-14 erg cm -2s-1 where the contribution of discrete sources to the CXB grows to ~ 40-50%. A hardness ratio analysis reveals the presence of a wide range of spectral shapes and that a fairly large fraction of sources appear to be heavily absorbed, some of which showing soft components. A comparison of the flux distribution of different subsamples confirms the existence of a spectral hardening with decreasing flux. This effect is probably due to an increasing percentage of absorbed sources at faint fluxes, rather than to a gradual flattening of the spectral slope. Nearly all the sources for which adequate ROSAT exposures exist, have been detected in the soft X-rays. This confirms that soft spectral components are present even in strongly absorbed objects, and that a large population of sources undetectable below a few keV does not exist. A Ve/Va test provides evidence for the presence of cosmological evolution of a magnitude similar to that found in soft X-ray extragalactic sources. Evolution is present both in normal and absorbed sources, with the latter population possibly evolving faster, although this effect could also be the result of complex selection effects. Table 1 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html

  16. On-site nondestructive inspection by upgraded portable 950 keV/3.95 MeV X-band linac x-ray sources

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    Ueaska, Mitsuru; Dobashi, Katsuhiro; Fujiwara, Takeshi; Pei, Cuixiang; Wu, Wenjing; Kusano, Joichi; Nakamura, Naoki; Yamamoto, Masashi; Tanabe, Eiji; Ohya, Seiji; Hattori, Yukiya; Miura, Itaru; Honma, Hidetaka; Ishida, Masahiro; Kimura, Yoshitomi

    2014-12-01

    We have developed and upgraded portable 950 keV/3.95 MeV X-band (9.3 GHz) linac x-ray sources for on-site nondestructive testing (NDT) for social and industrial infrastructures. We integrated the hardware devices as well as software systems. For the hardware, we established all designed parameters including x-ray intensities of 0.05/2 Gy min-1 at 1 m for 950 keV/3.95 MeV systems, respectively. Concerning the software, we adopted the wavelet analysis for enhanced image contrast and partial angle computed tomography (CT) for a small region of interest. The wavelet analysis is effective to reduce scattered low energy x-ray noise in addition to using physical filters and collimators. The partial CT is inevitable to reconstruct an inner reinforced iron tube in concrete. We successfully performed on-site inspection three times, namely of a nitrogen acid distillation tower, a reinforced concrete pier and a large sample cut from a bridge. We obtained the x-ray images of the inner tube, determined the sizes of reinforced iron parts and evaluated the mechanical tolerance. Moreover, we are developing a new x-ray camera specified for MeV x-rays used for NDT of heavy objects. Then, our system will become a self-consisting and specialized high energy x-ray on-site inspection system. We are going to promote an application to NDT of social and industrial infrastructures in Japan and around the world.

  17. Fluxes of protons above 50 keV and electrons above 30 keV at approximately 35 earth radii. I - Velocity anisotropies and plasma flow in the magnetotail. II Morphology and flow patterns in the magnetotail

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    Roelof, E. C.; Keath, E. P.; Bostrom, C. O.; Williams, D. J.

    1976-01-01

    Imp-7 data were used to study the morphology and flow patterns of energetic proton and electron events in the magnetotail and magnetosheath at 35 earth radii. The patterns are deduced from the probability of occurrence and the spatial distribution of the events. The distribution of 50 to 200 keV proton and 30 to 90 keV electron fluxes shows that in the magnetotail (i.e., inside the magnetopause) the proton and electron events occur primarily in the plasma sheet region within plus or minus 10 earth radii of the neutral sheet; fluxes of 50- to 200-keV protons are also found in the magnetosheath, along with occasional fluxes of 30- to 90-keV electrons; the plasma sheet is well defined (at 35 earth radii) by both the proton and electron probabilities; the frequency of the electron events in the magnetotail shows a positive correlation with the geomagnetic Kp index in the dawn and dusk sectors.

  18. What dominates the X-ray emission of Andromeda at E>20 keV? New constraints from NuSTAR and Swift on a very bright, hard X-ray source

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    Yukita, Mihoko; Ptak, Andrew; Maccarone, Thomas J.; Hornschemeier, Ann E.; Wik, Daniel R.; Pottschmidt, Katja; Antoniou, Vallia; Baganoff, Frederick K.; Lehmer, Bret; Zezas, Andreas; Boyd, Patricia T.; Kennea, Jamie; Page, Kim L.

    2016-04-01

    Thanks to its better sensitivity and spatial resolution, NuSTAR allows us to investigate the E>10 keV properties of nearby galaxies. We now know that starburst galaxies, containing very young stellar populations, have X-ray spectra which drop quickly above 10 keV. We extend our investigation of hard X-ray properties to an older stellar population system, the bulge of M31. The NuSTAR and Swift simultaneous observations reveal a bright hard source dominating the M31 bulge above 20 keV, which is likely to be a counterpart of Swift J0042.6+4112 previously detected (but not classified) in the Swift BAT All-sky Hard X-ray Survey. This source had been classified as an XRB candidate in various Chandra and XMM-Newton studies; however, since it was not clear that it is the counterpart to the strong Swift J0042.6+4112 source at higher energies, the previous E < 10 keV observations did not generate much attention. The NuSTAR and Swift spectra of this source drop quickly at harder energies as observed in sources in starburst galaxies. The X-ray spectral properties of this source are very similar to those of an accreting pulsar; yet, we do not find a pulsation in the NuSTAR data. The existing deep HST images indicate no high mass donors at the location of this source, further suggesting that this source has an intermediate or low mass companion. The most likely scenario for the nature of this source is an X-ray pulsar with an intermediate/low mass companion similar to the Galactic Her X-1 system. We will also discuss other possibilities in more detail.

  19. Relief evolution of HOPG under high-fluence 30 keV argon ion irradiation

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    Andrianova, N. N.; Borisov, A. M.; Mashkova, E. S.; Shemukhin, A. A.; Shulga, V. I.; Virgiliev, Yu. S.

    2015-07-01

    The results of the experimental study of sputtering and erosion of the basal plane of HOPG under irradiation with 30-keV Ar+ in the range from RT to 400 °C are presented. It has been found that developed at elevated (⩾250 °C) temperatures needle-like microscopic relief results in twofold sputtering yield increase (Y ≈ 2) in comparison with sputtering of a surface with an etch pits microscopic relief at the temperatures less than the ion-induced texture transition temperature Tt ≈ 150 °C. The effects of ion-induced graphite relief on high-dose sputtering have been studied using binary-collision computer simulation. The relief was modeled as a sine function surface along two mutually perpendicular surface axes. The simulation has shown that at some parameters of the relief the essential part of the bombarding ions undergoes inclined incidence on the walls of surface hillocks, which increases the density of ion-atom collisions near the surface and, correspondingly, the ejection of atoms. This effect leads to non-monotonic behavior of the sputtering yield on the relief aspect ratio (amplitude/period). The sputtering yield decreases upon reaching the maximum at aspect ratio of 4, and becomes lower than that for a flat surface. The simulation permits to estimate the relation of amplitude to period of relief at T < Tt.

  20. Nonabelian dark matter models for 3.5 keV X-rays

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    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R. E-mail: a.frey@uwinnipeg.ca

    2014-10-01

    A recent analysis of XXM-Newton data reveals the possible presence of an X-ray line at approximately 3.55 keV, which is not readily explained by known atomic transitions. Numerous models of eV-scale decaying dark matter have been proposed to explain this signal. Here we explore models of multicomponent nonabelian dark matter with typical mass ∼ 1-10 GeV (higher values being allowed in some models) and eV-scale splittings that arise naturally from the breaking of the nonabelian gauge symmetry. Kinetic mixing between the photon and the hidden sector gauge bosons can occur through a dimension-5 or 6 operator. Radiative decays of the excited states proceed through transition magnetic moments that appear at one loop. The decaying excited states can either be primordial or else produced by upscattering of the lighter dark matter states. These models are significantly constrained by direct dark matter searches or cosmic microwave background distortions, and are potentially testable in fixed target experiments that search for hidden photons. We note that the upscattering mechanism could be distinguished from decays in future observations if sources with different dark matter velocity dispersions seem to require different values of the scattering cross section to match the observed line strengths.

  1. The Relation Between Lightning and Isolated Impulsive >30 keV Electron Precipitation Events

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    McCarthy, M.; Bowers, G. S.; Holzworth, R. H., II; Millan, R. M.

    2014-12-01

    Isolated impulsive (few seconds time scale) magnetospheric losses of >30 keV electrons to the upper atmosphere have been inferred from bremsstrahlung observations on stationary stratospheric balloon platforms. As a first step to understanding the mechanism for this phenomenon, we address the question: what is the relation between impulsive electron precipitation events and lightning strokes? Two recent developments permit progress on this question, global lightning location networks that precisely locate and time lightning strokes, and the BARREL mission's acquisition of over 9000 hours of stratospheric bremsstrahlung observations. The analysis consists of identifying impulsive electron precipitation events in BARREL's bremsstrahlung record and relating those to immediately prior lightning strokes, with consideration for lightning network detection efficiency. A strong relation between impulsive precipitation events and lightning implies a primary role of the previously studied lightning-induced electron precipitation phenomenon. A weak relation implies another unrecognized mechanism is responsible for these isolated impulsive events. Understanding the conditions, mechanisms, and extent of isolated impulsive electron loss events is a part of an overall goal to comprehend magnetospheric trapped electron population variability.

  2. Ion-induced photon emission of magnesium aluminate spinel during 60 keV Cu - implantation

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    Bandourko, V.; Lay, T. T.; Takeda, Y.; Lee, C. G.; Kishimoto, N.

    2001-04-01

    The beam-solid interaction during high flux heavy-ion implantation has been studied by the in situ detection of photon emission. A spinel of MgO· n(Al 2O 3) with n=2.4 was irradiated with 60 keV Cu - at dose rates of 10, 50 or 100 μA/cm 2 to a dose of 1.5×10 17 ions/cm2. Under the implantation, photon emission ranging from 1.4 to 6.2 eV was detected by a time-resolved optical device based on a fast-response CCD (Princeton Instruments: IMAX-512). Emission lines of sputtered Mg, Al and Cu atoms were observed. A comparison of the dose and dose rate dependence of the Cu I line intensity from MgO· n(Al 2O 3) with those obtained for amorphous (a-)SiO 2 substrate revealed the good correlation of Cu I line intensity with nanoparticle formation detected by optical absorbance measurement.

  3. The poker face of the Majoron dark matter model: LUX to keV line

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    Queiroz, Farinaldo S.; Sinha, Kuver

    2014-07-01

    We study the viability of pseudo Nambu-Goldstone bosons (Majorons) arising in see-saw models as dark matter candidates. Interestingly the stability of the Majoron as dark matter is related to the scale that sets the see-saw and leptogenesis mechanisms, while its annihilation and scattering cross section off nuclei can be set through the Higgs portal. For O (GeV)- O (TeV) Majorons, we compute observables such as the abundance, scattering cross section, Higgs invisible decay width, and emission lines and compare with current data in order to outline the excluded versus still viable parameter space regions. We conclude that the simplest Majoron dark matter models coupling through the Higgs portal, except at the Higgs resonance, are excluded by current direct detection data for Majorons lighter than 225 GeV and future runnings are expected to rule out decisively the 1 GeV-1 TeV window. Lastly, we point out that light keV-scale Majorons whose relic density is set by thermal freeze-in from sterile neutrinos can account for the keV line observed by XMM-Newton observatory in the spectrum of 73 galaxy clusters, within a see-saw model with a triplet Higgs.

  4. The production and sputtering of S2 by keV ion bombardment

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    Boring, J. W.; Chrisey, D. B.; Oshaughnessy, D. J.; Phipps, J. A.; Zhao, N.

    The ion bombardment of S-containing molecules in comets is simulated experimentally. Mass-analyzed 30-keV beams of Ar(+) and He(+) are directed at solid S, H2S, and CS2 targets at temperatures 15 K, and the neutral molecular species produced are ionized and analyzed using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The dominant species detected are S1 and S2 for the S target, H2S and S2 for the H2S target, and S, CS, S2, and CS2 for the CS2 target. In the latter case, it is found that after about 10 to the 14th He(+) ions/sq cm have struck the target, further sputtering is prevented by formation of a dark brown deposit which is stable at room temperature; the residue forms more slowly when Ar(+) ions are used. These results, indicating relatively efficient S2 production by ion bombardment, are applied to theoretical models of S2 production and/or ejection by solar-wind, solar-flare, or cosmic-ray ions striking comets. It is found that direct solar-wind production of S2 by sputtering is unlikely at realistic bombardment rates, but that H2S-S2 conversion by energetic ions could be significant, with less stringent ice-temperature and irradiation-flux constraints than in the case of S2 production by photons.

  5. Teflon impregnated anatase TiO2 nanoparticles irradiated by 80 keV Xe+ ions

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    Khanam, Rizwin; Paul, Nibedita; Kumar, P.; Kanjilal, D.; Ahmed, Gazi A.; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-10-01

    We report the effect of 80 keV Xe+ ion irradiation on the morphological and optical responses of TiO2 nanoparticles spread over commercially available polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Teflon). These nanoparticles were synthesized via a convenient, sol-gel approach with titanium isopropoxide as the main precursor. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies we found that, the nanoparticles crystallize in anatase phase and with a preferential orientation of crystallites along (1 0 1) plane. Upon irradiation at a fluence of 1.25 × 1017 ions/cm2, the nanoparticle dimension was found to increase from a value of ∼9 nm to ∼20-30 nm. Essentially, particle growth is predicted as a consequence of swelling behavior accompanied by the formation of Xe van der Waal crystals in isolated regions of nano-titania. Evidence of nanoripples was also witnessed on the surface of the irradiated nano-titania. The morphological evolution was assessed both by atomic force and transmission electron microscopies (AFM and TEM) independently. From the UV-Vis optical absorption studies, the estimated optical band gap was found to drop with increasing fluence, while refractive index exhibited a remarkable improvement. Photoluminescence (PL) studies have revealed that, the band edge emission and those due to the self trapped excitons (STE) and other oxygen vacancy related ones were manifested considerably as a result of Xe ion irradiation.

  6. A novel scenario for the possible X-ray line feature at ~3.5 keV. Charge exchange with bare sulfur ions

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    Gu, L.; Kaastra, J.; Raassen, A. J. J.; Mullen, P. D.; Cumbee, R. S.; Lyons, D.; Stancil, P. C.

    2015-12-01

    Motivated by recent claims of a compelling ~3.5 keV emission line from nearby galaxies and galaxy clusters, we investigate a novel plasma model incorporating a charge exchange component obtained from theoretical scattering calculations. Fitting this kind of component with a standard thermal model yields positive residuals around 3.5 keV, produced mostly by S xvi transitions from principal quantum numbers n ≥ 9 to the ground. Such high-n states can only be populated by the charge exchange process. In this scenario, the observed 3.5 keV line flux in clusters can be naturally explained by an interaction in an effective volume of ~1 kpc3 between a ~3 keV temperature plasma and cold dense clouds moving at a few hundred keV-1. The S xvi lines at ~3.5 keV also provide a unique diagnostic of the charge exchange phenomenon in hot cosmic plasmas.

  7. Energy dependence of Fricke-xylenol orange gel and gel based on Turnbull blue for low-energy photons

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    Šolc, Jaroslav; Sochor, Vladimír; Kozubíková, Petra

    2015-01-01

    The paper describes the energy dependence of two types of radiochromic gels, a Fricke-xylenol orange gel (FX gel) and a gel based on Turnbull blue (TB gel), on low energy photons between 14 and 145 keV. Gel samples were irradiated at reference photon fields at the Czech Metrology Institute and evaluated by two independent optical methods. Measurements revealed that the response of the TB gel is independent on photon energy down to at least 14 keV photons, while the FX gel is energy dependent for photons below roughly 50 keV.

  8. Differential cross-section measurements of multiply charged xenon ions produced in 10-28-keV e{sup -}-Xe collisions

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    Mondal, S.; Shanker, R.

    2005-11-15

    Partial single-differential ionization cross sections (PSDICSs) of a multiply ionized xenon atom (Xe{sup n+}, n=1-7) are measured for impact of 10-28 keV electrons with xenon by performing coincidences between the produced recoil ions and the electrons of indiscriminated energies detected at 90 deg. with respect to the incident electron beam direction. Values of relative PSDICSs for doubly charged ions are found to be about 25% larger than those for singly charged ions in the considered impact energy range. The examination of charge-state fractions and relative cross-section fractions of multiply charged ions as a function of incident electron energy suggests that the multiply charged ions are produced via creation of an inner-shell vacancy followed by Auger and shakeoff processes. The mean charge state of the ions produced in the collisions is found to be independent of the impact energy and reaches a constant value close to 2.6. The Fano-Bethe plots of the PSDICSs suggest that higher charge states of the ions are weakly produced via optical transitions; moreover, the latter process becomes a dominant channel for producing the doubly charged ions that are correlated with the electrons detected at 90 deg.

  9. Observational consistency and future predictions for a 3.5 keV ALP to photon line

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    Alvarez, Pedro D.; Conlon, Joseph P.; Day, Francesca V.; Marsh, M.C. David; Rummel, Markus

    2015-04-09

    Motivated by the possibility of explaining the 3.5 keV line through dark matter decaying to axion-like particles that subsequently convert to photons, we study ALP-photon conversion for sightlines passing within 50 pc of the galactic centre. Conversion depends on the galactic centre magnetic field which is highly uncertain. For fields at low or mid-range of observational estimates (10–100 μG), no observable signal is possible. For fields at the high range of observational estimates (a pervasive poloidal mG field over the central 150 pc) it is possible to generate sufficient signal to explain recent observations of a 3.5 keV line in the galactic centre. In this scenario, the galactic centre line signal comes predominantly from the region with z>20pc, reconciling the results from the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray telescopes. The dark matter to ALP to photon scenario also naturally predicts the non-observation of the 3.5 keV line in stacked galaxy spectra. We further explore predictions for the line flux in galaxies and suggest a set of galaxies that is optimised for observing the 3.5 keV line in this model.

  10. Measuring the 511 keV emission in the direction of 1E1740.7-2942 with BATSE

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    Wallyn, P.; Ling, J. C.; Mahoney, W. A.; Wheaton, W. A.; Durouchoux, P.; Corbel, S.; Astier-Perret, L.; Poirot, L.

    1997-01-01

    Observations of the 511 keV emission in the direction of 1E 1740.7-2942 (1E) using the earth burst and transient source experiment (BATSE) onboard the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), are presented. The CGRO phase 1 average spectrum of 1E is calculated using a method which assumes that a given source spectrum is the sum of the flux coming directly from the object and the contribution from the surrounding diffuse emission. The 1E light curve is calculated in the 40 to 150 keV range. It presents a constant flux excess of 70 mCrab in comparison with observations from the SIGMA gamma ray telescope onboard the GRANAT observatory. By removing this contribution, the 1E spectral transition from the low state to the high standard state observed by SIGMA is confirmed, and it is shown that the 511 keV flux is independent of the 1E long term evolution from low state to high standard state. It is concluded that the 511 keV emission of (4.2 +/- 1.3) x 140(exp -4) photons/sq cm s observed in the direction of 1E is mainly diffuse and spatially extended.

  11. Simulation of energy absorption spectrum in NaI crystal detector for multiple gamma energy using Monte Carlo method

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    Wirawan, Rahadi; Waris, Abdul; Djamal, Mitra; Handayani, Gunawan

    2015-04-16

    The spectrum of gamma energy absorption in the NaI crystal (scintillation detector) is the interaction result of gamma photon with NaI crystal, and it’s associated with the photon gamma energy incoming to the detector. Through a simulation approach, we can perform an early observation of gamma energy absorption spectrum in a scintillator crystal detector (NaI) before the experiment conducted. In this paper, we present a simulation model result of gamma energy absorption spectrum for energy 100-700 keV (i.e. 297 keV, 400 keV and 662 keV). This simulation developed based on the concept of photon beam point source distribution and photon cross section interaction with the Monte Carlo method. Our computational code has been successfully predicting the multiple energy peaks absorption spectrum, which derived from multiple photon energy sources.

  12. A Catalog of Soft X-Ray Shadows, and More Contemplation of the 1/4 KeV Background

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    Snowden, S. L.; Freyberg, M. J.; Kuntz, K. D.; Sanders, W. T.

    1999-01-01

    This paper presents a catalog of shadows in the 1/4 keV soft X-ray diffuse background 4 (SXRB) that were identified by a comparison between ROSAT All-Sky Survey maps and DIRB&corrected IRAS 100 micron maps. These "shadows" are the negative correlations between the surface brightness of the SXRB and the column density of the Galactic interstellar medium (ISIM) over limited angular regions (a few degrees in extent). We have compiled an extensive but not exhaustive set of 378 shadows in the polar regions of the Galaxy (Absolute value (beta) > and approximately equal 20 deg.), and determined their foreground and background X-ray intensities (relative to the absorbing features), and the respective hardness ratios of that emission. The portion of the sky that was examined to find these shadows was restricted in general to regions where the minimum column density is less than and approximately equal to 4 x 10(exp 20) H/square cm, i.e., relatively high Galactic latitudes, and to regions away from distinct extended features in the SXRB such as supernova remnants and superbubbles. The results for the foreground intensities agree well with the recent results of a general analysis of the local 1/4 KeV emission while the background intensities show additional. but not unexpected scatter. The results also confirm the existence of a gradient in the hardness of the local 1/4 keV emission along a Galactic center/ anticenter axis with a temperature that varies from 10(exp 6.13) K to 10(exp 6.02) K, respectively. The average temperature of the foreground component from this analysis is 10(exp 6.08) K, compared to 10(exp 6.06) K in the previous analysis. Likewise, the average temperature for the distant component for the current and previous analyses are 10(exp 6.06) K and 10(exp 6.02) K, respectively. Finally, the results for the 1/4 keV halo emission are compared to the observed fluxes at 3/4 keV, where the lack of correlation suggests that the Galactic halo's 1/4 keV and 3/4 keV fluxes are likely produced by separate emission regions.

  13. 2-20 ns interframe time 2-frame 6.151 keV x-ray imaging on the recently upgraded Z Accelerator: A progress report

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    Bennett, G. R.; Smith, I. C.; Shores, J. E.; Sinars, D. B.; Robertson, G.; Atherton, B. W.; Jones, M. C.; Porter, J. L.

    2008-10-15

    When used for the production of an x-ray imaging backlighter source on Sandia National Laboratories' recently upgraded 26 MA Z Accelerator, the terawatt-class, multikilojoule, 526.57 nm Z-Beamlet laser (ZBL) [P. K. Rambo et al., Appl. Opt. 44, 2421 (2005)], in conjunction with the 6.151 keV (1s{sup 2}-1s2p triplet line of He-like Mn) curved-crystal imager [D. B. Sinars et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 3672 (2004); G. R. Bennett et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 10E322 (2006)], is capable of providing a high quality x radiograph per Z shot for inertial confinement fusion (ICF), complex hydrodynamics, and other high-energy-density physics experiments. For example, this diagnostic has recently afforded microgram-scale mass perturbation measurements on an imploding ignition-scale 1 mg ICF capsule [G. R. Bennett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 205003 (2007)], where the perturbation was initiated by a surrogate deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel fill tube. Using an angle-time multiplexing technique, ZBL now has the capability to provide two spatially and temporally separated foci in the Z chamber, allowing 'two-frame' imaging to be performed, with an interframe time range of 2-20 ns. This multiplexing technique allows the full area of the four-pass amplifiers to be used for the two pulses, rather than split the amplifiers effectively into two rectangular sections, with one leg delayed with respect to the other, which would otherwise double the power imposed onto the various optics thereby halving the damage threshold, for the same irradiance on target. The 6.151 keV two frame technique has recently been used to image imploding wire arrays, using a 7.3 ns interframe time. The diagnostic will soon be converted to operate with p-rather than s-polarized laser light for enhanced laser absorption in the Mn foil, plus other changes (e.g., operation at the possibly brighter 6.181 keV Mn 1s{sup 2}-1s2p singlet line), to increase x-ray yields. Also, a highly sensitive inline multiframe ultrafast (1 ns gate time) digital x-ray camera is being developed [G. R. Bennett et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 10E322 (2006)] to extend the system to 'four-frame' and markedly improve the signal-to-noise ratio. [At present, time-integrating Fuji BAS-TR2025 image plate (scanned with a Fuji BAS-5000 device) forms the time-integrated image-plane detector.].

  14. 2-20 ns interframe time 2-frame 6.151 keV x-ray imaging on the recently upgraded Z Accelerator: A progress report

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    Bennett, G. R.; Smith, I. C.; Shores, J. E.; Sinars, D. B.; Robertson, G.; Atherton, B. W.; Jones, M. C.; Porter, J. L.

    2008-10-01

    When used for the production of an x-ray imaging backlighter source on Sandia National Laboratories' recently upgraded 26MA Z Accelerator, the terawatt-class, multikilojoule, 526.57nm Z-Beamlet laser (ZBL) [P. K. Rambo et al., Appl. Opt. 44, 2421 (2005)], in conjunction with the 6.151keV (1s2-1s2p triplet line of He-like Mn) curved-crystal imager [D. B. Sinars et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 3672 (2004); G. R. Bennett et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 10E322 (2006)], is capable of providing a high quality x radiograph per Z shot for inertial confinement fusion (ICF), complex hydrodynamics, and other high-energy-density physics experiments. For example, this diagnostic has recently afforded microgram-scale mass perturbation measurements on an imploding ignition-scale 1mg ICF capsule [G. R. Bennett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 205003 (2007)], where the perturbation was initiated by a surrogate deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel fill tube. Using an angle-time multiplexing technique, ZBL now has the capability to provide two spatially and temporally separated foci in the Z chamber, allowing "two-frame" imaging to be performed, with an interframe time range of 2-20ns. This multiplexing technique allows the full area of the four-pass amplifiers to be used for the two pulses, rather than split the amplifiers effectively into two rectangular sections, with one leg delayed with respect to the other, which would otherwise double the power imposed onto the various optics thereby halving the damage threshold, for the same irradiance on target. The 6.151keV two frame technique has recently been used to image imploding wire arrays, using a 7.3ns interframe time. The diagnostic will soon be converted to operate with p-rather than s-polarized laser light for enhanced laser absorption in the Mn foil, plus other changes (e.g., operation at the possibly brighter 6.181keV Mn 1s2-1s2p singlet line), to increase x-ray yields. Also, a highly sensitive inline multiframe ultrafast (1ns gate time) digital x-ray camera is being developed [G. R. Bennett et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77, 10E322 (2006)] to extend the system to "four-frame" and markedly improve the signal-to-noise ratio. [At present, time-integrating Fuji BAS-TR2025 image plate (scanned with a Fuji BAS-5000 device) forms the time-integrated image-plane detector.

  15. Emission from the Local Galactic Halo in the 1/4 keV Band

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    Juda, M.

    1994-12-01

    Pointed observations with the ROSAT PSPC toward clouds at high galactic latitude provide a unique opportunity to probe emission from the local galactic halo in the 1/4 keV band. I present data from five fields toward clouds at |b| > 60(deg) identified through their IRAS 100 microns emission, two in the north galactic hemisphere and three in the south. In four of the five fields significant shadows are detected (2 north, 2 south). The derivation of the brightness of the shadowed component depends strongly on the assumed location and amount of absorbing material. Scaling the IRAS 100 microns emission by 10(20) H atom cm(-2) /MJy sr(-1) and correcting for the difference from the observed average 21 cm derived column density, the implied brightness of the distant emitting component is the same for the two northern latitude fields at { ~ 1.2*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) ; this brightness is lower than that seen in the direction of Draco (Burrows & Mendenhall 1991, Snowden et al. 1991) and higher than in Ursa Major (Snowden et al. 1994). The two southern fields also have the same derived distant brightness at nearly the same level as the northern fields, { ~ 1.0*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) . Approximately 20% of this emission may be attributed to an extragalactic background (Hasinger et al. 1993). The remaining emission, { ~ 0.8*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) , would be provided by the local galactic halo. If these x-rays arise from a collisionally excited plasma at a temperature of 10(6) K the required emission measure is { ~ 0.0033 cm(-6) pc}. Burrows & Mendenhall 1991, Nature, 351, 629. Hasinger et al. 1993, A&A, 275, 1. Snowden et al. 1991, Science, 252, 1529. Snowden et al. 1994, ApJ, 430, 601.

  16. Maskless implants of 20 keV Ga{sup +} in thin crystalline silicon on insulator

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    Mio, A. M.; D'Arrigo, G.; Rimini, E.; Spinella, C.; Milazzo, R. G.; Peto, L.; Nadzeyka, A.; Bauerdick, S.

    2013-01-28

    A nano-sized ion beam apparatus has been used as maskless lithography to implant 20 keV Ga{sup +} ions into a 26 nm thick silicon crystalline film on insulator. The ion beam, with about 5 nm standard deviation, delivered few hundred ions during a single shot. Circular areas with nominal diameter of 20 or 50 nm were irradiated to a fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14}/cm{sup 2}. Transmission electron microscopy evidenced that the damaged regions are characterized by an irregular contour with many disordered filaments. Damage extends across the layer thickness and fast Fourier transform analysis indicates that implantation causes the amorphization of a region which extends beyond the nominal diameter. In situ annealing experiments demonstrated that the disordered filamentary regions disappear in the 250-450 Degree-Sign C temperature range and the interfaces with the surrounding crystalline regions sharpen. A temperature as high as 600 Degree-Sign C is required to fully re-crystallize the amorphous core of the implanted dots. Reordering occurs by multi-orientation lateral solid-phase epitaxial growth and the breaking of (111) and (101) interfaces, due to the formation of twins, triggers a fast crystallization kinetics. Rapid thermal annealing (890 Degree-Sign C-10 s) completely crystallizes the amorphous regions, twins are absent and small cluster of defects remains instead. Preliminary scanning capacitance measurements indicate that the implanted atoms, after crystallization, are electrically active. The implant method is then a viable processing step for the doping of non-bulk fully depleted ultra-thin-body MOSFET.

  17. A search for a keV signature of radiatively decaying dark matter with Suzaku XIS observations of the X-ray diffuse background

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    Sekiya, Norio; Yamasaki, Noriko Y.; Mitsuda, Kazuhisa

    2016-06-01

    We performed the deepest search for an X-ray emission line at between 0.5 and 7 keV from non-baryonic dark matter by the Suzaku XIS. Dark matter associated with the Milky Way was selected as the target to obtain the best signal-to-noise ratio. From the Suzaku archive, we selected 187 data sets of blank-sky regions that were dominated by the X-ray diffuse background. The data sets were from 2005 to 2013. The instrumental responses were adjusted by multiple calibration data sets of the Crab Nebula. We also improved the technique of subtracting lines of instrumental origin. These energy spectra were well described by X-ray emission due to charge exchange around the Solar System, hot plasma in and around the Milky Way, and the superposition of extra-galactic point sources. A signal of a narrow emission-line was searched for, and the significance of detection was evaluated in consideration of the blind search method (the Look-elsewhere Effect). Our results exhibited no significant detection of an emission line feature from dark matter. The 3 σ upper limit for the emission line intensity between 1 and 7 keV was ˜ 10-2 photons cm-2 s-1 sr-1, or ˜ 5 × 10-4 photons cm-2 s-1 sr-1 per M⊙ pc-2, assuming a dark matter distribution with the Galactic rotation curve. The parameters of sterile neutrinos as candidates of dark-matter were also constrained.

  18. Nonthermal two component dark matter model for Fermi-LAT γ-ray excess and 3.55 keV X-ray line

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    Biswas, Anirban; Majumdar, Debasish; Roy, Probir

    2015-04-01

    A two component model of nonthermal dark matter is formulated to simultaneously explain the Fermi-LAT results indicating a γ-ray excess observed from our Galactic Centre in the 1-3 GeV energy range and the detection of an X-ray line at 3.55 keV from extragalactic sources. Two additional Standard Model singlet scalar fields S 2 and S 3 are introduced. These fields couple among themselves and with the Standard Model Higgs doublet H. The interaction terms among the scalar fields, namely H, S 2 and S 3, are constrained by the application of a discrete ℤ2 × ℤ{2/'} symmetry which breaks softly to a remnant ℤ{2/' '} symmetry. This residual discrete symmetry is then spontaneously broken through an MeV order vacuum expectation value u of the singlet scalar field S 3. The resultant physical scalar spectrum has the Standard Model like Higgs as χ 1 with GeV, a moderately heavy scalar χ 2 with 50 GeV ≤ GeV and a light χ 3 with keV. There is only tiny mixing between χ 1 and χ 2 as well as between χ 1 and χ 3. The lack of importance of domain wall formation in the present scenario from the spontaneous breaking of the discrete symmetry ℤ{2/' '}, provided u ≤ 10 MeV, is pointed out. We find that our proposed two component dark matter model is able to explain successfully both the above mentioned phenomena — the Fermi-LAT observed γ-ray excess (from the decay mode) and the observation of the X-ray line (from the decay channel χ 3 → γγ) by the XMM-Newton observatory.

  19. A search for a keV signature of radiatively decaying dark matter with Suzaku XIS observations of the X-ray diffuse background

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    Sekiya, Norio; Yamasaki, Noriko Y.; Mitsuda, Kazuhisa

    2015-09-01

    We performed the deepest search for an X-ray emission line at between 0.5 and 7 keV from non-baryonic dark matter by the Suzaku XIS. Dark matter associated with the Milky Way was selected as the target to obtain the best signal-to-noise ratio. From the Suzaku archive, we selected 187 data sets of blank-sky regions that were dominated by the X-ray diffuse background. The data sets were from 2005 to 2013. The instrumental responses were adjusted by multiple calibration data sets of the Crab Nebula. We also improved the technique of subtracting lines of instrumental origin. These energy spectra were well described by X-ray emission due to charge exchange around the Solar System, hot plasma in and around the Milky Way, and the superposition of extra-galactic point sources. A signal of a narrow emission-line was searched for, and the significance of detection was evaluated in consideration of the blind search method (the Look-elsewhere Effect). Our results exhibited no significant detection of an emission line feature from dark matter. The 3 σ upper limit for the emission line intensity between 1 and 7 keV was ˜ 10-2 photons cm-2 s-1 sr-1, or ˜ 5 × 10-4 photons cm-2 s-1 sr-1 per M⊙ pc-2, assuming a dark matter distribution with the Galactic rotation curve. The parameters of sterile neutrinos as candidates of dark-matter were also constrained.

  20. Structural and optical properties of 70-keV carbon ion beam synthesized carbon nanoclusters in thermally grown silicon dioxide

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    Poudel, P. R.; Poudel, P. P.; Paramo, J. A.; Strzhemechny, Y. M.; Rout, B.; McDaniel, F. D.

    2015-02-01

    The structural and optical properties of carbon nanoclusters formed in thermally grown silicon dioxide film via the ion beam synthesis process have been investigated. A low-energy (70 keV) carbon ion beam (C-) at a fluence of 3 1017 atoms/cm2 was used for implantation into a thermally grown silicon dioxide layer (500 nm thick) on a Si (100) wafer. Several parts of the implanted samples were subsequently annealed in a gas mixture (4 % H2 + 96 % Ar) at 900 C for different time periods. The as-implanted and annealed samples were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The carbon ion implantation depth profile was simulated using a widely used Monte Carlo-based simulation code SRIM-2012. Additionally, the elemental depth profile of the implanted carbon along with host elements of silicon and oxygen were simulated using a dynamic ion-solid interaction code T-DYN, which incorporates the effects of the surface sputtering and gradual change in the elemental composition in the implanted layers due to high-fluence ion implantation. The elemental depth profile obtained from the XPS measurements matches closely to the T-DYN predictions. Raman measurements indicate the formation of graphitic phases in the annealed samples. The graphitic peak (G-peak) was found to be increased with the annealing time duration. In the sample annealed for 10 min, the sizes of the carbon nanoclusters were found to be 1-4 nm in diameter using TEM. The PL measurements at room temperature using a 325-nm laser show broad-band emissions in the ultraviolet to visible range in the as-implanted sample. Intense narrow bands along with the broad bands were observed in the annealed samples. The defects present in the as-grown samples along with carbon ion-induced defect centers in the as-implanted samples are the main contributors to the observed broad-band luminescence centered around 2.4 and 2.9 eV. The intense narrow peaks observed in the PL spectra centered on ~2.67 and 2.8 eV with full width at half maxima ? 150 meV are believed to be mainly due to the quantum size effects of the carbon nanoclusters formed in the annealed samples. The relative intensities of the narrow peaks are seen to be changing with the annealing time interval. This may be due to the change in the size distribution of the carbon nanoclusters.