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  1. 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.

  2. 19 CFR 10.600 - Accessories, spare parts, or tools.

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    2010-04-01

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  3. 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

    2010-07-01

    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 ? = A?a+B?b, where ? is efficiency, ? 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Charge-coupled-device response to electron beam energies of less than 1 keV up to 20 keV

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    Daud, Taher; Janesick, James R.; Evans, Kenneth; Elliott, Tom

    1987-01-01

    Recent developments of backside treatment for the backside-illuminated scientifc CCD imagers have shown near-theoretical efficiency even at the short wavelength region of the spectrum. By using SEM performance comparisons of backside-treated and untreated CCDs to an electron flux varying from 1 to 100 pA and beam energy ranging from less than 1 keV up to 20 keV are obtained. The theoretical analysis, the SEM testing procedure, and the quantum efficiency measurement results are presented. It is shown, for example, that the average quantum efficiency increases from less than 1 percent for an untreated CCD to nearly 40 percent for a backside-treated CCD at a beam energy of 1 kev.

  6. 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.

  7. Multilayer optics for monochromatic high-resolution X-ray imaging diagnostic in a broad photon energy range from 2 keV to 22 keV

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    Troussel, Ph.; Dennetiere, D.; Maroni, R.; Høghøj, P.; Hedacq, S.; Cibik, L.; Krumrey, M.

    2014-12-01

    The "Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives" (CEA) studies and designs advanced X-ray diagnostics to probe dense plasmas produced at the future Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) facility. Mainly for X-ray imaging with high spatial resolution, different types of multilayer mirrors were developed to provide broadband X-ray reflectance at grazing incidence. These coatings are deposited on two toroidal mirror substrates that are then mounted into a Wolter-type geometry (working at a grazing angle of 0.45°) to realize an X-ray microscope. Non-periodic (depth graded) W/Si multilayer can be used in the broad photon energy range from 2 keV to 22 keV. A third flat mirror can be added for the spectral selection of the microscope. This mirror is coated with a Mo/Si multilayer for which the d-spacing varies in the longitudinal direction to satisfy the Bragg condition within the angular acceptance of the microscope and also to compensate the angular dispersion due to the field of the microscope. We present a study of such a so-called Göbel mirror which was optimized for photon energy of 10.35 keV. The three mirrors were coated using magnetron sputtering technology by Xenocs SA. The reflectance in the entire photon energy range was determined in the laboratory of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) at the synchrotron radiation facility BESSY II in Berlin.

  8. Gamma Ray Attenuation Coefficient Measurement in Energies 1172 keV and 1332 keV for Neutron Absorbent Saturated Solutions

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    Jalali, Majid

    2006-07-01

    The compounds, Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}, H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}, CdCl{sub 2} and NaCl and their solutions, attenuate gamma rays in addition to neutron absorption. These compounds are widely used in shielding of neutron sources, reactor control and neutron converters. Mass attenuation coefficients of gamma related to saturated solutions of the above four compounds, in energies 1172 keV and 1332 keV have been measured by NaI detector and agree very well with the results obtained by Xcom code. Experiment and computation show that, H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} has the highest gamma ray attenuation coefficient among the aforementioned compounds. (author)

  9. High order reflectivity of graphite (HOPG) crystals for x ray energies up to 22 keV

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    Doeppner, T; Neumayer, P; Girard, F; Kugland, N L; Landen, O L; Niemann, C; Glenzer, S H

    2008-04-30

    We used Kr K{alpha} (12.6 keV) and Ag K{alpha} (22.1 keV) x-rays, produced by petawatt class laser pulses interacting with a Kr gas jet and a silver foil, to measure the integrated crystal reflectivity of flat Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) up to fifth order. The reflectivity in fourth order is lower by a factor of 50 when compared to first order diffraction. In second order the integrated reflectivity decreases from 1.3 mrad at 12.6 keV to 0.5 mrad at 22.1 keV. The current study indicates that HOPG crystals are suitable for measuring scattering signals from high energy x ray sources (E {ge} 20 keV). These energies are required to penetrate through the high density plasma conditions encountered in inertial confinement fusion capsule implosions on the National Ignition Facility.

  10. 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.

  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. 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.

  13. X-ray grating interferometry at photon energies over 180?keV

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    Ruiz-Yaniz, M.; Koch, F.; Meyer, P.; Kunka, D.; Mohr, J.; Zanette, I.; Rack, A.; Hipp, A.; Pfeiffer, F.

    2015-04-13

    We report on the implementation and characterization of grating interferometry operating at an x-ray energy of 183?keV. With the possibility to use this technique at high x-ray energies, bigger specimens could be studied in a quantitative way. Also, imaging strongly absorbing specimens will benefit from the advantages of the phase and dark-field signals provided by grating interferometry. However, especially at these high photon energies the performance of the absorption grating becomes a key point on the quality of the system, because the grating lines need to keep their small width of a couple of micrometers and exhibit a greater height of hundreds of micrometers. The performance of high aspect ratio absorption gratings fabricated with different techniques is discussed. Further, a dark-field image of an alkaline multicell battery highlights the potential of high energy x-ray grating based imaging.

  14. The Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager observation of the 1809 keV line from Galactic 26Al

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    David M. Smith

    2003-04-28

    Observations of the central radian of the Galaxy by the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopy Imager (RHESSI) have yielded a high-resolution measurement of the 1809 keV line from 26Al, detected at 11 sigma significance in nine months of data. The RHESSI result for the width of the cosmic line is 2.03 (+0.78, -1.21) keV FWHM. The best fit line width of 5.4 keV FWHM reported by Naya et al. (1996) using the Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (GRIS) balloon instrument is rejected with high confidence.

  15. Energy and position resolution of germanium microstrip detectors at x-ray energies from 15 to 100 keV

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    Rossi, G.; Morse, J. ); Protic, D. . Inst. fuer Kernphysik)

    1999-06-01

    In addition to their far greater X-ray detection efficiency, germanium strip detectors offer superior energy and position resolution as compared to those fabricated of silicon for energies in the range of 15 to 100 keV. The authors have characterized 200-[micro]m strip pitch detectors fabricated by two different processes. By scanning a 10-[micro]m-wide monochromatic synchrotron X-ray beam across these detectors, measurements were made on both spectral energy response and spatial resolution. X rays absorbed between neighboring diode strips suffer from charge diffusion splitting of their signals which seriously degrades the detector performance, but by reconstructing events using an energy-sum coincidence algorithm the authors succeeded in producing artifact-free spectra with energy resolution <2 keV, peak/valley ratios > 1000, and count uniformities across the detector surface <1.5% for energies below 60 keV. The experimentally measured energy spectra show remarkable agreement with those predicted by computer simulation, in which the EGS4 code for photon absorption is combined with a simple algorithm to account for charge diffusion.

  16. 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.

  17. Mechanical engineering of a 75-keV proton injector for the Low Energy Demonstration Accelerator

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    Hansborough, L.D.; Hodgkins, D.J.; Meyer, E.A.; Schneider, J.D.; Sherman, J.D.; Stevens, R.R. Jr.; Zaugg, T.J.

    1997-10-01

    A dc injector capable of 75-keV, 110-mA proton beam operation is under development for the Low Energy Demonstration Accelerator (LEDA) project at Los Alamos. The injector uses a dc microwave proton source which has demonstrated 98% beam availability while operating at design parameters. A high-voltage isolation transformer is avoided by locating all ion source power supplies and controls at ground potential. The low-energy beam transport system (LEBT) uses two solenoid focusing and two steering magnets for beam matching and centroid control at the RFQ matchpoint. This paper will discuss proton source microwave window design, H{sub 2} gas flow control, vacuum considerations, LEBT design, and an iris for beam current control.

  18. 20 CFR 10.600 - How can final decisions of OWCP be reviewed?

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    2011-04-01

    ...' COMPENSATION ACT, AS AMENDED Appeals Process § 10.600 How can final decisions of OWCP be reviewed? There are... the employee should consult the requirements set forth below. Further rules governing appeals to...

  19. 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.

  20. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra and 10,600-nm CO2 laser, a good choice.

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    Bruscino, Nicola; Conti, Rossana; Campolmi, Piero; Bonan, Paolo; Cannarozzo, Giovanni; Lazzeri, Linda; Moretti, Silvia

    2014-06-01

    Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN) is a common skin condition observed in black people and considered a benign epithelial tumor, and more specifically, a particular topographic form of seborrheic keratosis. We treated five female patients affected by DPN with 10,600-nm CO2 laser. We propose the 10,600-nm CO2 laser as a valid therapeutic option in patients affected by DPN, since the treatment is well tolerated, causes no major side effects, and is effective and long lasting. PMID:24131098

  1. 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.

  2. 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,?)/(238)U(n,?) 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

  3. Mass attenuation coefficient of the Earth, Moon and Mars samples over 1keV-100GeV energy range.

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    Camargo Moreira, Anderson; Roberto Appoloni, Carlos

    2006-09-01

    This work presents the calculation of the mass attenuation coefficient (micro) of lunar, Martian and terrestrial samples in function of the energy. WinXCOM software was employed to determine the micro values for the samples in the range from 1 keV to 100 GeV. The obtained values were practically the same for energies larger than 100 keV, but marked differences among the samples were observed for energies below 25 keV, which is the energy range of interest for the XRF system used in space probes. PMID:16725330

  4. 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.

  5. Low-energy (< 10 keV) electron ionization and recombination model for a liquid argon detector

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    Foxe, M.; Hagmann, C.; Jovanovic, I.; Bernstein, A.; Kazkaz, K.; Mozin, V.; Pereverzev, S. V.; Sangiorgio, S.; Sorensen, P.

    2015-01-01

    Detailed understanding of the ionization process in noble liquid detectors is important for their use in applications such as the search for dark matter and coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering. The response of noble liquid detectors to low-energy ionization events is poorly understood at this time. We describe a new simulation tool which predicts the ionization yield from electronic energy deposits (E < 10 keV) in liquid Ar, including the dependence of the yield on the applied electric drift field. The ionization signal produced in a liquid argon detector from 37Ar beta decay and 55Fe X-rays has been calculated using the new model.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ionic fragmentation of CO and H2O under impact of 10 keV electrons: kinetic energy release distributions

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    Singh, Raj; Bhatt, Pragya; Yadav, Namita; Shanker, R.

    2014-04-01

    Dissociative ionization of COq+ (q=2-4) and H2Oq+ (q=2-3) molecular ions produced from the collisions of CO and H2O with 10 keV electrons is studied using time-of-flight mass spectrometer and position sensitive detector with multi-hit ability, respectively. The kinetic energy release distributions for these channels are obtained. We found that a pure Coulomb explosion model is insufficient to explain the observed kinetic release distributions for the Coulomb explosion channels. A detail of this study is given in references [3, 4].

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Possible Contrast Media Reduction with Low keV Monoenergetic Images in the Detection of Focal Liver Lesions: A Dual-Energy CT Animal Study

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    Chung, Yong Eun; You, Je Sung; Lee, Hye-Jeong; Lim, Joon Seok; Lee, Hye Sun; Baek, Song-Ee; Kim, Myeong-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the feasibility of dual-energy CT for contrast media (CM) reduction in the diagnosis of hypervascular and hypovascular focal liver lesions (FLL). Subjects and Methods The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approved this study. VX2 tumors were implanted in two different segments of the liver in 13 rabbits. After 2 weeks, two phase contrast enhanced CT scans including the arterial phase (AP) and portal-venous phase (PVP) were performed three times with 24-hour intervals with three different concentrations of iodine, 300 (I300), 150 (I150) and 75 mg I/mL (I75). The mean HU and standard deviation (SD) were measured in the liver, the hypervascular portion of the VX2 tumor which represented hypervascular tumors, and the central necrotic area of the VX2 tumor which represented hypovascular tumors in 140kVp images with I300 as a reference standard and in monoenergetic images (between 40keV and 140keV) with I150 and I75. The contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) for FLLs and the ratio of the CNRs (CNRratio) between monoenergetic image sets with I150 and I75, and the reference standard were calculated. Results For hypervascular lesions, the CNRratio was not statistically different from 1.0 between 40keV and 70keV images with I150, whereas the CNRratio was significantly lower than 1.0 in all keV images with I75. For hypovascular lesions, the CNRratio was similar to or higher than 1.0 between 40keV and 80keV with I150 and between 40keV and 70keV with I75. Conclusions With dual-energy CT, the total amount of CM might be halved in the diagnosis of hypervascular FLLs and reduced to one-fourth in the diagnosis of hypovascular FLLs, while still preserving CNRs. PMID:26203652

  14. Direct determination of radionuclides in building materials with self-absorption correction for the 63 and 186 keV ?-energy lines.

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    D?ugosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena; Ziomek, Martyna

    2015-12-01

    The use of 911 keV and 129 keV ?-line intensity ratio has been applied for self-absorption correction of the 63 keV (234)Th ((238)U) and 186 keV((226)Ra and (235)U) lines in typical building materials and soil samples. Proposed procedure allows to determine (238)U from the (234)Th line (63 keV) and (226)Ra after subtraction of (235)U interference in the 186 keV. It is important in the case of low uranium concentration and weak intensity of (235)U 143 keV ? energy line, when activity of this radionuclide can be apprised on the natural constant (238)U/(235)U ratio, only (excluding accidental anthropogenic depleted uranium deposition in the soil samples). Therefore, by this method a direct and fast determination of the (226)Ra and other important radionuclides, without one month waiting period for (226)Ra-(222)Rn daughter equilibrium, is possible. The accuracy of the method has been confirmed (relative relation deviation <10%) for typical buildings materials such as: tales, bricks, concrete blocks and various type of ceramic materials. PMID:26275363

  15. Low-energy (< 10 keV) electron ionization and recombination model for a liquid argon detector

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    Foxe, Michael P.; Hagmann, Chris; Jovanovic, Igor; Bernstein, A.; Kazkaz, K.; Mozin, Vladimir V.; Pereverzev, S. V.; Sangiorgio, Samuele; Sorensen, Peter F.

    2015-01-21

    Detailed understanding of the ionization process in dual-phase noble element detectors is important for their use in applications such as the search for Dark Matter and coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering. The response of dual-phase noble element detectors to low-energy ionization events is poorly understood at this time. We describe a new simulation tool which predicts the ionization yield from electronic energy deposits (E < 10 keV) in liquid Ar, including the dependence of the yield on the applied electric drift eld. The ionization signal produced in a dual-phase argon detector from 37Ar beta decay and 55Fe X-rays has been calculated using the new model.

  16. Energy Loss by keV Ions in Silicon H. O. Funsten, S. M. Ritzau,* R.W. Harper, and J. E. Borovsky

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    Johnson, Robert E.

    Energy Loss by keV Ions in Silicon H. O. Funsten, S. M. Ritzau,* R.W. Harper, and J. E. Borovsky with an ultrathin passivation layer, the average total energy lost to silicon target electrons (electronic stopping) by incident low energy ions and the recoil target atoms they generate is directly measured. We find

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

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    S. Antier; O. Limousin; P. Ferrando

    2015-05-05

    X-rays astrophysical sources have been almost exclusively characterized through imaging, spectroscopy and timing analysis. Nevertheless, more observational parameters are needed because some radiation mechanisms present in neutrons stars or black holes are still unclear. Polarization measurements will play a key role in discrimination between different X-ray emission models. Such a capability becomes a mandatory requirement for the next generation of high-energy space proposals. We have developed a CdTe-based fine-pitch imaging spectrometer, Caliste, able to respond to these new requirements. With a 580-micron pitch and 1 keV energy resolution at 60 keV, we are able to accurately reconstruct the polarization angle and polarization fraction of an impinging flux of photons which are scattered by 90{\\deg} after Compton diffusion within the crystal. Thanks to its high performance in both imaging and spectrometry, Caliste turns out to be a powerful device for high-energy polarimetry. In this paper, we present the principles and the results obtained for this kind of measurements: on one hand, we describe the simulation tool we have developed to predict the polarization performances in the 50-300 keV energy range. On the other hand, we compare simulation results with experimental data taken at ESRF ID15A (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) using a mono-energetic polarized beam tuned between 35 and 300 keV. We show that it is possible with this detector to determine with high precision the polarization parameters (direction and fraction) for different irradiation conditions. Applying a judicious energy selection to our data set, we reach a remarkable sensitivity level characterized by an optimum Quality Factor of 0.78 in the 200-300 keV range. We also evaluate the sensitivity of our device at 70 keV, where hard X-ray mirrors are already available; the measured Q factor is 0.64 at 70 keV.

  18. 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.

  19. Ionic fragmentation of the CO molecule by impact of 10-keV electrons: Kinetic-energy-release distributions

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    Singh, Raj; Bhatt, Pragya; Yadav, Namita; Shanker, R.

    2013-02-01

    The ionic fragmentation of a multiply charged CO molecule is studied under impact of 10-keV electrons using recoil-ion momentum spectroscopy. The kinetic-energy-release distributions for the various fragmentation channels arising from the dissociation of COq+ (q = 2-4) are measured and discussed in light of theoretical calculations available in the literature. It is observed that the present kinetic-energy-release values are much smaller than those predicted by the Coulomb explosion model. The kinetic-energy-release distribution for the C++O+ channel is suggested to arise from the tunneling process. It is seen that the peak of kinetic-energy-release distribution is larger for that dissociation channel that arises from the same molecular ion which has higher charge on the oxygen atom. Further, the relative ionic fractions for seven ion species originating from ionization and subsequent dissociation of the CO molecule are obtained and compared with the existing data reported at low energy of the electron impact. The precursor-specific relative partial ionization cross sections are also obtained and shown to be about 66.4% from single ionization, 29.9% from double ionization, 3.3% from triple ionization, and about 0.4% from quadruple ionization of the precursor CO molecule contributing to the total fragment ion yield.

  20. Dosimetric properties of high energy current (HEC) detector in keV x-ray beams

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    Zygmanski, Piotr; Shrestha, Suman; Elshahat, Bassem; Karellas, Andrew; Sajo, Erno

    2015-04-01

    We introduce a new x-ray radiation detector. The detector employs high-energy current (HEC) formed by secondary electrons consisting predominantly of photoelectrons and Auger electrons, to directly convert x-ray energy to detector signal without externally applied power and without amplification. The HEC detector is a multilayer structure composed of thin conducting layers separated by dielectric layers with an overall thickness of less than a millimeter. It can be cut to any size and shape, formed into curvilinear surfaces, and thus can be designed for a variety of QA applications. We present basic dosimetric properties of the detector as function of x-ray energy, depth in the medium, area and aspect ratio of the detector, as well as other parameters. The prototype detectors show similar dosimetric properties to those of a thimble ionization chamber, which operates at high voltage. The initial results obtained for kilovoltage x-rays merit further research and development towards specific medical applications.

  1. Low Energy Neutrino and Dark Matter Physics with Sub-Kev Germanium Detector

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    Lin, Shin-Ted

    2013-11-01

    The research program of TEXONO Collaboration is on low energy neutrino and dark matter physics. The current goals are on the development of germanium detectors with sub-keV sensitivities to realize experiments on neutrino magnetic moments, neutrino-nucleus coherent scattering, as well as dark natter searches. The compatible sensitivities on low mass WIMP-nucleus for spin-independent and spin-dependent has been achieved with a four-channel ultra-low-energy germanium prototype detector with 4X5 g at the Kuo-Sheng Neutrino Laboratory (KSNL). Data are being taken with point-contact germanium detector at KSNL is demonstrated. The dark matter program has evolved into a dedicated experiment at China Jin-Ping Laboratory (CJPL), where is world's deepest underground laboratory. Recent status and plans would be discussed.

  2. 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 ?m × 800 ?m 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

  3. 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.

  4. A Monte Carlo method for calculating the energy response of plastic scintillators to polarized photons below 100 keV

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    Mizuno, T.; Kanai, Y.; Kataoka, J.; Kiss, M.; Kurita, K.; Pearce, M.; Tajima, H.; Takahashi, H.; Tanaka, T.; Ueno, M.; Umeki, Y.; Yoshida, H.; Arimoto, M.; Axelsson, M.; Marini Bettolo, C.; Bogaert, G.; Chen, P.; Craig, W.; Fukazawa, Y.; Gunji, S.; Kamae, T.; Katsuta, J.; Kawai, N.; Kishimoto, S.; Klamra, W.; Larsson, S.; Madejski, G.; Ng, J. S. T.; Ryde, F.; Rydström, S.; Takahashi, T.; Thurston, T. S.; Varner, G.

    2009-03-01

    The energy response of plastic scintillators (Eljen Technology EJ-204) to polarized soft gamma-ray photons below 100 keV has been studied, primarily for the balloon-borne polarimeter, PoGOLite. The response calculation includes quenching effects due to low-energy recoil electrons and the position dependence of the light collection efficiency in a 20 cm long scintillator rod. The broadening of the pulse-height spectrum, presumably caused by light transportation processes inside the scintillator, as well as the generation and multiplication of photoelectrons in the photomultiplier tube, were studied experimentally and have also been taken into account. A Monte Carlo simulation based on the Geant4 toolkit was used to model photon interactions in the scintillators. When using the polarized Compton/Rayleigh scattering processes previously corrected by the authors, scintillator spectra and angular distributions of scattered polarized photons could clearly be reproduced, in agreement with the results obtained at a synchrotron beam test conducted at the KEK Photon Factory. Our simulation successfully reproduces the modulation factor, defined as the ratio of the amplitude to the mean of the distribution of the azimuthal scattering angles, within ˜5% (relative). Although primarily developed for the PoGOLite mission, the method presented here is also relevant for other missions aiming to measure polarization from astronomical objects using plastic scintillator scatterers.

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

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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 ?m 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. PMID:25430194

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Studying the D( p, ?)3He reaction in zirconium deuteride within the proton energy range of 9-35 keV

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    Bystritsky, V. M.; Gazi, S.; Huran, J.; Dudkin, G. N.; Krylov, A. R.; Lysakov, A. S.; Nechaev, B. A.; Padalko, V. N.; Sadovsky, A. B.; Filipowicz, M.; Philippov, A. V.

    2015-07-01

    This work is dedicated to measuring the dependences of the effective cross section and the astrophysical S factor for the pd reaction that proceeds in zirconium deuteride upon the proton-deuteron collision energy within a range of 6.0-23.3 keV. The experiment was performed using the heavy-current plasma Hall accelerator at the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. The gamma quanta produced in the pd reaction with the energy of 5.5 MeV was recorded using eight scintillation spectrometers based on NaI(Tl) crystals (400 × 100 × 100 mm), which were located around the target. The result of this work coincides with the result of our previous work obtained within a range of proton-deuteron collision energies of 7.3-12.7 keV and agrees well with the result obtained by the LUNA collaboration with the use of the gaseous deuterium target.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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; Bazzano, Angela; Fiocchi, Mariateresa; Natalucci, Lorenzo; Ubertini, Pietro

    2015-01-01

    In June 2015, 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 ($kT_0$ ~ 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 co...

  16. Investigating the unknown nuclear reaction in a low-energy (E < 330 keV) p + Ti{sup 2}H{sub x} experiment

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    Wang, T.; Wang, Z.; Chen, J.; Jin, G.; Piao, Y.

    2000-03-01

    Charged-particle products with {approximately}3.9-MeV energy were observed in a low-energy experiment (E{sub p}{le} 330 keV) with a proton bombarding a Ti{sup 2}H{sub x} target. The features of the charged-particle products were the same as those of an alpha particle. The threshold of the reaction was {approximately}150 keV. The maximum reaction rate reached more than 10{sup 5} r/s, while the proton energy and current were 324 keV and 1.2 mA, respectively. The excitation curve of this unknown reaction increased exponentially with the growth of proton energy. There is no known nuclear reaction induced by a proton that can be applied to interpret this experimental phenomenon. Some interpretations, e.g., an indirect secondary reaction and a multibody reaction model, are discussed, but the origin of this unknown nuclear reaction is still a mystery and under study.

  17. Investigating the Unknown Nuclear Reaction in a Low-Energy (E < 330 keV) p + Ti{sup 2}H{sub x} Experiment

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    Wang Tieshan; Wang Zhiguo; Chen Jingen; Jin Genming; Piao Yubo

    2000-03-15

    Charged-particle products with {approx}3.9-MeV energy were observed in a low-energy experiment (E{sub p} {<=} 330 keV) with a proton bombarding a Ti{sup 2}H{sub x} target. The features of the charged-particle products were the same as those of an alpha particle. The threshold of the reaction was {approx}150 keV. The maximum reaction rate reached more than 10{sup 5} r/s, while the proton energy and current were 324 keV and 1.2 mA, respectively. The excitation curve of this unknown reaction increased exponentially with the growth of proton energy. There is no known nuclear reaction induced by a proton that can be applied to interpret this experimental phenomenon. Some interpretations, e.g., an indirect secondary reaction and a multibody reaction model, are discussed, but the origin of this unknown nuclear reaction is still a mystery and under study.

  18. Energy dependence of cross sections for double-electron capture in 48{endash}132-keV C{sup 6+}+He collisions

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    Chesnel, J.; Merabet, H.; Husson, X.; Fremont, F.; Lecler, D.; Jouin, H.; Harel, C.; Stolterfoht, N.

    1996-04-01

    We report on the projectile energy dependence of the cross sections for producing the configurations 2{ital lnl}{sup {prime}} ({ital n}{ge}3) by double-electron capture in C{sup 6+}+He collisions. The present measurements and calculations, which extend previous work performed on the 90-keV C{sup 6+}+He system, give evidence for dynamic electron-correlation effects in double-capture mechanisms. A significant dependence on the collision energy is found for the cross sections associated with the configurations 2{ital lnl}{sup {prime}} ({ital n}{ge}5). Moreover, anisotropies of the angular distributions of Auger electrons originating from the configurations 2{ital l}3{ital l}{sup {prime}} are observed at 48 and 132 keV. The capture cross sections for producing some of the terms 2{ital l}3{ital l}{sup {prime}} {sup 1}{ital L} are shown to depend on the collision energy. The cross sections for production of the magnetic substates {ital M}{sub {ital L}}=0 associated with the configurations 2{ital l}3{ital l}{sup {prime}} are found to be the same for both energies of 48 and 132 keV. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  19. 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.

  20. 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 (2?) 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Relativistic calculations of M-shell photoionization and X-ray production cross-sections for Hg at 5.96 keV excitation energy

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    Sampaio, J. M.; Madeira, T. I.; Parente, F.; Indelicato, P.; Santos, J. P.; Marques, J. P.

    2015-02-01

    In this work we calculate photoionization and X-ray production cross-sections (XPCS) of M-shell vacancies in Hg at an incident photon energy of 5.96 keV (low energy X-rays of 55Fe radioactive source) using the Dirac-Fock method. Calculations are performed in single configuration approach with the Breit interaction and some vacuum polarization corrections included in the self-consistent method. Higher-order retardation corrections, self-energy and other vacuum polarization effects were also included as perturbations. Fluorescence and Coster-Kronig yields necessary to derive XPCS were obtained in a previous work using the exact same approach.

  4. An innovative experimental setup for the measurement of sputtering yield induced by keV energy ions

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    Salou, P.; Lebius, H.; Benyagoub, A.; Langlinay, T.; Lelièvre, D.; Ban-d’Etat, B.

    2013-09-15

    An innovative experimental equipment allowing to study the sputtering induced by ion beam irradiation is presented. The sputtered particles are collected on a catcher which is analyzed in situ by Auger electron spectroscopy without breaking the ultra high vacuum (less than 10{sup ?9} mbar), avoiding thus any problem linked to possible contamination. This method allows to measure the angular distribution of sputtering yield. It is now possible to study the sputtering of many elements such as carbon based materials. Preliminary results are presented in the case of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite and tungsten irradiated by an Ar{sup +} beam at 2.8 keV and 7 keV, respectively.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. High energy observation of the Galactic center region 511 keV and Al-26 lines with HEXAGONE

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    Durouchoux, Ph.; Wallyn, P.; Chapuis, C.; Matteson, J.; Bowman, B.; Pelling, M.; Peterson, L.; Vedrenne, G.; von Ballmoos, P.; Malet, I.; Niel, M.; Lin, R.; Feffer, P.; Smith, D.; Hurley, K.

    1993-01-01

    Results of the observation of the annihilation and Al-26 lines in the direction of the Galactic center during the HEXAGONE May 1989 balloon flight are presented. The observed profile and the intensity of the 511 keV line are compared with the theoretical models developed by Guessoum et al. (1991). On the assumption of a Gaussian profile with a constant step function, a flux of the annihilation line of (9.54 +/- 2.29) x 10 exp -4 ph/sq cm s is derived. It is shown that a warm medium (about 8000 K) is the best candidate to explain the annihilation of the positrons from the diffuse component of the 511 keV. In the case of Al-26, a model-dependent analysis is performed, taking into account the full response of the present detection system, together with distribution models proposed for the origin of the Al-26. Assuming a point source at the Galactic center, the flux is 1.9 x 10 exp -4 ph/sq cm s at 90 percent confidence level, and 4.6 x 10 exp -4 ph/sq cm s for a COS B-type distribution.

  10. 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 ?m size we obtained accurate simultaneous measurements of refraction and attenuation for both sharp and mild electron density gradients.

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

    PubMed

    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

  12. Energy loss of keV fluorine ions scattered off a missing-row reconstructed Au(110) surface under grazing incidence

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    Chen, L.; Shen, J.; Esaulov, V. A.; Valdes, J. E.; Vargas, P.

    2011-03-15

    A joint experimental and theoretical study of energy loss is presented for 1-to-4-keV fluorine negative ions in grazing scattering on a missing-row reconstructed Au(110) surface. Measurements of energy losses for various azimuthal orientations of the crystal have been performed by means of a time-of-flight method with a pulsed beam. The dependence of the fraction of surviving negative ions on azimuthal angles, was determined. Our energy-loss data are discussed in light of trajectory and stopping-power calculations, where the explicit inclusion of the nonuniform electron density at the surface provides good agreement with the experimental data. The simulation allows us to delineate various trajectory classes that correspond to different contributions in the energy-loss spectra for various azimuthal orientations of the surface.

  13. Steady state oxygen surface content in oxygen sputtered silicon at impact energy of 5 keV per atom

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    Serrano, J. J.; Blanco, J. M.; Guzmán, B.; De Witte, H.; Vandervorst, W.

    2001-11-01

    A method is presented for the calculation of the oxygen surface concentration in steady state when sputtering silicon and silicon oxides with oxygen ions. The case of sputtering with 5 keV oxygen atoms as a function of incidence angle has been studied. Measurements of erosion rates under the mentioned sputtering conditions, including oxygen and noble gases as primary ions, with and without oxygen flooding, are the input data. The dependence of the component sputtering yield of silicon on the oxygen surface concentration is also obtained, as well as the preferential sputtering ratio. These quantities, from the point of view of the calculation work frame, depend on the degree of oxygen supersaturation (oxygen atomic fraction >2/3) at the surface in normal incidence. The possibility of supersaturation is a result of our assumptions and its level can be estimated within a narrow range.

  14. A novel flat-response x-ray detector in the photon energy range of 0.1-4 keV

    SciTech Connect

    Li Zhichao; Guo Liang; Jiang Xiaohua; Liu Shenye; Huang Tianxuan; Yang Jiamin; Li Sanwei; Zhao Xuefeng; Du Huabin; Song Tianming; Yi Rongqing; Liu Yonggang; Jiang Shaoen; Ding Yongkun; Zheng Jian

    2010-07-15

    A novel flat-response x-ray detector has been developed for the measurement of radiation flux from a hohlraum. In order to obtain a flat response in the photon energy range of 0.1-4 keV, it is found that both the cathode and the filter of the detector can be made of gold. A further improvement on the compound filter can then largely relax the requirement of the calibration x-ray beam. The calibration of the detector, which is carried out on Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Institute of High Energy Physics, shows that the detector has a desired flat response in the photon energy range of 0.1-4 keV, with a response flatness smaller than 13%. The detector has been successfully applied in the hohlraum experiment on Shenguang-III prototype laser facility. The radiation temperatures inferred from the detector agree well with those from the diagnostic instrument Dante installed at the same azimuth angle from the hohlraum axis, demonstrating the feasibility of the detector.

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

    PubMed

    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

  16. Studies on effective atomic numbers and electron densities in amino acids and sugars in the energy range 30 1333 keV

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    Gowda, Shivalinge; Krishnaveni, S.; Gowda, Ramakrishna

    2005-10-01

    The effective atomic numbers and electron densities of the amino acids glycine, alanine, serine, valine, threonine, leucine, isoleucine, aspartic acid, lysine, glutamic acid, histidine, phenylalanine, arginine, tyrosine, tryptophane and the sugars arabinose, ribose, glucose, galactose, mannose, fructose, rhamnose, maltose, melibiose, melezitose and raffinose at the energies 30.8, 35.0, 81.0, 145, 276.4, 302.9, 356, 383.9, 661.6, 1173 and 1332.5 keV were calculated by using the measured total attenuation cross-sections. The interpolations of total attenuation cross-sections for photons of energy E in elements of atomic number Z was performed using the logarithmic regression analysis of the XCOM data in the photon energy region 30-1500 keV. The best-fit coefficients obtained by a piece wise interpolation method were used to find the effective atomic number and electron density of the compounds. These values are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical values calculated based on XCOM data.

  17. 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; Ferrando, P

    2015-01-01

    X-rays astrophysical sources have been almost exclusively characterized through imaging, spectroscopy and timing analysis. Nevertheless, more observational parameters are needed because some radiation mechanisms present in neutrons stars or black holes are still unclear. Polarization measurements will play a key role in discrimination between different X-ray emission models. Such a capability becomes a mandatory requirement for the next generation of high-energy space proposals. We have developed a CdTe-based fine-pitch imaging spectrometer, Caliste, able to respond to these new requirements. With a 580-micron pitch and 1 keV energy resolution at 60 keV, we are able to accurately reconstruct the polarization angle and polarization fraction of an impinging flux of photons which are scattered by 90{\\deg} after Compton diffusion within the crystal. Thanks to its high performance in both imaging and spectrometry, Caliste turns out to be a powerful device for high-energy polarimetry. In this paper, we present the ...

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  19. 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.

  20. Ionization and fragmentation of RNA base molecule uracil in collisions with carbon ions of energies between 100 keV and 60 MeV

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    Tribedi, L. C.; Agnihotri, A. N.; Kasthurirangan, S.; Kumar, A.; Champion, C.; Rivarola, R.

    2012-11-01

    We report here the first measurement of absolute single ionization cross-section of uracil (C4H4N2O2, m=112) in collisions with highly charged C ions of energy ranging between 100 keV to 60 MeV i.e. in the range of Bragg peak which is relevant for high energy hadron therapy. An ECR based low energy accelerator along with a 14 MV Pelletron accelerator were used to obtain a wide range of energies. Energy and charge state (representing perturbation strength) dependence of io-nization cross-section has been studied using a ToF mass spectrometer. In the low energy range, cross-section increases with energy and then saturates while in the high energy range it decreases with energy. Ionization cross-section found to increase linearly with charge-state. The CTMC and CDW-EIS models are used to compare with the data. The complementary experiment was also carried out to measure the low energy electron emission spectrum at different angles.

  1. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients of Eremurus-Rhizophora spp. particleboards for X-ray in the 16.63-25.30 keV energy range

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    Tousi, E. T.; Bauk, S.; Hashim, R.; Jaafar, M. S.; Abuarra, A.; Aldroobi, K. S. A.; Al-Jarrah, A. M.

    2014-10-01

    The roots of Eremurus spp. were used as a bio-adhesive in the fabrication of Rhizophora spp. particleboards. The mass attenuation coefficients of Eremurus-Rhizophora spp. particleboard of six samples with two different weight percentages of the Eremurus spp. root (6% and 12%) and three various Rhizophora spp. particle sizes (?149 ?m, 149-500 ?m and 500-1000 ?m) were determined by using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) photons in 16.63 keV and 25.30 keV of the photon energy range. The results were compared with theoretically calculated mass attenuations using the XCOM computer program for younger-age (breast 1: 75% muscle+25% fat), middle-age (breast 2: 50% muscle+50% fat), and old-age (breast 3: 25% muscle+75% fat) breasts. The results indicated that Eremurus-Rhizophora spp. particleboard is the appropriate suitable phantom in the diagnostic energy region. The mass attenuation coefficient in the low weight percentage of the bio-adhesive and the large Rhizophora spp. particle size were found very close to breast 1. Moreover the mass attenuation coefficient of the sample with high weight percentage of the bio-adhesive and small Rhizophora spp. particle size was found very close to water as a standard material phantom. In addition, the viscosity of dissolved Eremurus spp. root in water could be considerably higher than that of formaldehyde-based adhesives, which affects on some properties such as high strength and high binding.

  2. 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.

    1986-01-01

    Accelerator mass spectrometry in tandem Van de Graaff accelerators has proven successful for radioisotope dating small samples. Small, inexpensive cyclotrons serving this purpose would make the technique accessible to more researchers and inexpensive enough to compare many small samples. To this end, VC Berkeley is 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 -1/ counts/sec in the high-background environment of the cyclotron, where lower energy ions, electrons, and photons bombard the detector at much higher rates. To meet this challenge, an inexpensive, generally useful ion detector was developed 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 detector's 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.

  3. 950 keV X-Band Linac For Material Recognition Using Two-Fold Scintillator Detector As A Concept Of Dual-Energy X-Ray System

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    Lee, Kiwoo; Natsui, Takuya; Hirai, Shunsuke; Uesaka, Mitsuru; Hashimoto, Eiko

    2011-06-01

    One of the advantages of applying X-band linear accelerator (Linac) is the compact size of the whole system. That shows us the possibility of on-site system such as the custom inspection system in an airport. As X-ray source, we have developed X-band Linac and achieved maximum X-ray energy 950 keV using the low power magnetron (250 kW) in 2 {mu}s pulse length. The whole size of the Linac system is 1x1x1 m{sup 3}. That is realized by introducing X-band system. In addition, we have designed two-fold scintillator detector in dual energy X-ray concept. Monte carlo N-particle transport (MCNP) code was used to make up sensor part of the design with two scintillators, CsI and CdWO4. The custom inspection system is composed of two equipments: 950 keV X-band Linac and two-fold scintillator and they are operated simulating real situation such as baggage check in an airport. We will show you the results of experiment which was performed with metal samples: iron and lead as targets in several conditions.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. On amplitude beam splitting of tender X-rays (2-8?keV photon energy) using conical diffraction from reflection gratings with laminar profile.

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    Jark, Werner; Eichert, Diane

    2016-01-01

    Conical diffraction is obtained when a radiation beam impinges onto a periodically ruled surface structure parallel or almost parallel to the ruling. In this condition the incident intensity is diffracted through an arc, away from the plane of incidence. The diffracted intensity thus lies on a cone, which leads to the name `conical diffraction'. In this configuration almost no part of the ruled structure will produce any shadowing effect for the incident or the diffracted beam. Then, compared with a grating in the classical orientation, relatively higher diffraction efficiencies will be observed for fewer diffraction orders. When the incident beam is perfectly parallel to the grooves of a rectangular grating profile, the symmetry of the setup causes diffraction of the intensity symmetrically around the plane of incidence. This situation was previously tested experimentally in the VUV spectral range for the amplitude beam splitting of a radiation beam with a photon energy of 25?eV. In this case the ideally expected beam splitting efficiency of about 80% for the diffraction into the two first orders was confirmed for the optimum combination of groove depth and angle of grazing incidence. The feasibility of the amplitude beam splitting for hard X-rays with 12?keV photon energy by use of the same concept was theoretically confirmed. However, no related experimental data are presented yet, not even for lower energy soft X-rays. The present study reports the first experimental data for the conical diffraction from a rectangular grating profile in the tender X-ray range for photon energies of 4?keV and 6?keV. The expected symmetries are observed. The maximum absolute efficiency for beam splitting was measured to be only about 30%. As the reflectivity of the grating coating at the corresponding angle of grazing incidence was found to be only of the order of 50%, the relative beam splitting efficiency was thus 60%. This is to be compared also here with an ideally expected relative efficiency of 80%. It is predicted that a beam splitting efficiency exceeding 50% should be possible by use of more appropriate materials. PMID:26698049

  8. 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.; Landen, O. L.; Wehrenberg, C. E.; Remington, B. A.; Hohenberger, M.; Regan, S. P.

    2015-04-15

    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??m wide slit in a Ta substrate to aperture the Nb He{sub ?} 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.

  9. {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.

  10. 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 ?2 value of 13.008 followed by binderless Rizophora spp. (25.859) and pre-treated Rizophora spp. (91.941).

  11. Calibration of X-ray detectors in the 8 to 115 keV energy range and their application to diagnostics on the National Ignition Facility

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    J. J. Lee, M. J. Haugh, G. LaCaille, and P. Torres

    2012-10-01

    The calibration of X-ray diagnostics is of paramount importance to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). National Security Technologies LLC (NSTec) fills this need by providing a wide variety of calibration and diagnostic development services in support of the ongoing research efforts at NIF. The X-ray source in the High Energy X-ray lab utilizes induced fluorescence in a variety of metal foils to produce a beam of characteristic X rays ranging from 8 to 111 keV. Presented are the methods used for calibrating a High Purity Germanium detector, which has been absolutely calibrated using radioactive check sources, compared against a silicon photodiode calibrated at Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). Also included is a limited presentation of results from the recent calibration of the upgraded Filter Fluorescer X ray Spectrometer.

  12. Observation of lithium pick-up ions in the 5- to 20-keV energy range following the AMPTE solar wind releases

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    Moebius, E.; Hovestadt, D.; Klecker, B.; Scholer, M.; Gloeckler, G.; Ipavich, F.M.; Luehr, H.

    1986-02-01

    Newly created 5- to 20-keV lithium ions were observed for limited time periods following the first Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorers (AMPTE) lithium release in the solar wind on September 11, 1984. The detection of these so-called ''pick-up'' ions by the time-of-flight spectrometer SULEICA (suprathermal energy ionic charge analyzer) on the AMPTE/IRM satellite depends critically on the orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field with respect to the directions of the solar wind and the spin axis of the IRM spacecraft, which was favorable only during the short time when these ions were seen. Our observations are compatible with a shell-like expansion of the Li cloud with velocities of about 2.5 km/s. The signatures by which the artificial pick-up ions are identified can also be used to detect and investigate natural pick-up ions.

  13. A semi-empirical approach to analyze the activities of cylindrical radioactive samples using gamma energies from 185 to 1764 keV.

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    Huy, Ngo Quang; Binh, Do Quang

    2014-12-01

    This work suggests a method for determining the activities of cylindrical radioactive samples. The self-attenuation factor was applied for providing the self-absorption correction of gamma rays in the sample material. The experimental measurement of a (238)U reference sample and the calculation using the MCNP5 code allow obtaining the semi-empirical formulae of detecting efficiencies for the gamma energies ranged from 185 to 1764keV. These formulae were used to determine the activities of the (238)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (137)Cs and (40)K nuclides in the IAEA RGU-1, IAEA-434, IAEA RGTh-1, IAEA-152 and IAEA RGK-1 radioactive standards. The coincidence summing corrections for gamma rays in the (238)U and (232)Th series were applied. The activities obtained in this work were in good agreement with the reference values. PMID:25113537

  14. 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.

  15. Ionization of uracil in collisions with highly charged carbon and oxygen ions of energy 100 keV to 78 MeV

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    Agnihotri, A. N.; Kasthurirangan, S.; Nandi, S.; Kumar, A.; Galassi, M. E.; Rivarola, R. D.; Fojón, O.; Champion, C.; Hanssen, J.; Lekadir, H.; Weck, P. F.; Tribedi, L. C.

    2012-03-01

    Fast highly charged C and O ion-induced total ionization of an RNA base molecule, uracil (C4H4N2O2, m=112 amu), has been investigated in a wide energy range of keV to MeV. A combined study of the collision products using a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and an electron spectrometer allows one to determine absolute total ionization cross sections (TCSs). Experimental measurements of TCSs are compared to theoretical predictions performed in the classical trajectory Monte Carlo and classical over-barrier (CTMC-COB) and quantum mechanical (Continuum Distorted Wave with Eikonal Initial State and first-order Born with correct boundary condition) frameworks. The overall energy dependence of the TCSs is approximately reproduced by the models, especially well in the high energy range. The CTMC-COB model provides an excellent agreement for the high-energy data. The projectile charge-state q dependence of TCSs deviates from the well-known quadratic behavior in ion-atom collisions.

  16. 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.

  17. A hybrid pulse shape discrimination technique with enhanced performance at neutron energies below 500 keV

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    Eustice, Ryan

    A hybrid pulse shape discrimination technique with enhanced performance at neutron energies below scintillation detector Pulse shape discrimination Charge-integration Reference-pulses a b s t r a c t A hybrid pulse shape discrimination (PSD) method is presented that combines a charge-integration PSD method

  18. Ion Beam Materials Analysis and Modifications at keV to MeV Energies at the University of North Texas

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    Rout, Bibhudutta; Dhoubhadel, Mangal S.; Poudel, Prakash R.; Kummari, Venkata C.; Lakshantha, Wickramaarachchige J.; Manuel, Jack E.; Bohara, Gyanendra; Szilasi, Szabolcs Z.; Glass, Gary A.; McDaniel, Floyd D.

    2014-02-01

    The University of North Texas (UNT) Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory (IBMAL) has four particle accelerators including a National Electrostatics Corporation (NEC) 9SDH-2 3 MV tandem Pelletron, a NEC 9SH 3 MV single-ended Pelletron, and a 200 kV Cockcroft-Walton. A fourth HVEC AK 2.5 MV Van de Graaff accelerator is presently being refurbished as an educational training facility. These accelerators can produce and accelerate almost any ion in the periodic table at energies from a few keV to tens of MeV. They are used to modify materials by ion implantation and to analyze materials by numerous atomic and nuclear physics techniques. The NEC 9SH accelerator was recently installed in the IBMAL and subsequently upgraded with the addition of a capacitive-liner and terminal potential stabilization system to reduce ion energy spread and therefore improve spatial resolution of the probing ion beam to hundreds of nanometers. Research involves materials modification and synthesis by ion implantation for photonic, electronic, and magnetic applications, micro-fabrication by high energy (MeV) ion beam lithography, microanalysis of biomedical and semiconductor materials, development of highenergy ion nanoprobe focusing systems, and educational and outreach activities. An overview of the IBMAL facilities and some of the current research projects are discussed.

  19. Probabilities of multiple electron emission from thin (˜ 50 Å) carbon foils after impact of neutral oxygen at energies between 30 and 200 keV

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    Kozochkina, A. A.; Leonas, V. B.; Witte, M.

    1991-11-01

    The multiple secondary electron emission from a thin (˜ 50 Å) carbon foil has been measured for impacting primary oxygen atoms with energies of 30, 50, 100 and 200 keV. The absolute probabilities Pk, Pk', Pkk' of the emission of k, k' = 0, 1…numbers of electrons in forward (k'), and/or backward (k) directions from the foil have been derived. It is observed that (i) the probabilities Pk, Pk' disagree with those expected from Poisson statistics, (ii) there is an asymmetry in the forward/backward emission, (iii) the probabilities Pk(E) change in a different way with energy E than it is expected from the energy dependence of the stopping power dE/dx, (iv) in individual events there is no correlation between the numbers of electrons going in forward and/or backward directions. From these observations and further statistical analysis it is concluded that the emission of multiple electrons is not the result of only one primary process (ionization by collision between the projectile and target atoms). Rather, larger numbers of emitted electrons are mainly produced in an additional process (cascade electron production), in which the internal secondary electrons produce further (tertiary) electrons.

  20. Measurement of the 13C(?, n)16O reaction at astrophysical energies using the Trojan Horse Method. Focus on the -3 keV sub-threshold resonance

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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.

    2014-03-01

    Most of the nuclei in the mass range 90 ? A ? 208 are produced through the so-called s-process, namely through a series of neutron capture reactions on seed nuclei followed by ?-decays. The 13C(?, n)16O reaction is the neutron source for the main component of the s-process. 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. Direct measurements could not soundly establish its contribution owing to the cross section suppression at astrophysical energies determined by the Coulomb barrier between interacting nuclei. Indirect measurements and extrapolations yielded inconsistent results, calling for further investigations. The Trojan Horse Method turns out to be very suited for the study of the 13C(?, n)16O reaction as it allows us to access the low as well as the negative energy re- gion, in particular in the case of resonance reactions. We have applied the Trojan HorseMethod to the 13C(6Li, n16O)d quasi-free reaction. By using the modified R-matrix approach, the asymptotic normalization coefficient {( {tilde C{? 13{{C}}}17{{O(1/}{{{2}}{ + }}{{)}}}} )^2} of the 6.356 MeV level has been deduced as well as the n-partial width, allowing to attain an unprecedented accuracy for the 13C(?, n)16O astrophysical factor. A preliminary analysis of a partial data set has lead to {( {tilde C{? 13{{C}}}17{{O(1/}{{{2}}{ + }}{{)}}}} )^2} = 6.7 - 0.6 + 0.9 {{f}}{{{m}} - 1}, slightly larger than the values in the literature, determining a 13C(?, n)16O reaction rate in agreement with the most results in the literature at ˜ 108 K, with enhanced accuracy thanks to this innovative approach.

  1. 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.

  2. Energy and angular distributions of electrons from ion impact on atomic and molecular hydrogen. II. 20--114-keV H[sup +]+H

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    Kerby, G.W. III; Gealy, M.W.; Hsu, Y.; Rudd, M.E. ); Schultz, D.R.; Reinhold, C.O. )

    1995-03-01

    Results of crossed-beam measurements of cross sections differential in ejected electron energy and angle for ionization of atomic hydrogen by 20--114-keV protons are reported. Secondary electrons were measured over an energy range of 1.5--300 eV and an angular range of 15[degree]--165[degree]. Atomic-hydrogen targets were produced in a radio-frequency discharge source with a dissociation fraction of about 74%. Ratios of cross sections for H targets to those for H[sub 2] targets were obtained from measurements on the mixed target. From these ratios, the measured dissociation fractions, and the absolute cross sections measured for H[sub 2] targets, the cross sections for H targets were determined. These measurements are compared with the results of the first-order Born approximation, the continuum-distorted-wave eikonal-initial-state approximation, and the classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) methods. Good overall agreement is found with the CTMC results, except for slow, backward electron emission. The addition of the classically suppressed dipole transitions from the Born approximation to the CTMC results yields a good estimate of the ejected electron spectrum.

  3. On the 17-keV neutrino

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    Hime, A.

    1993-04-01

    A brief review on the status of the 17-keV neutrino is presented. Several different experiments found spectral distortions which were consistently interpreted as evidence for a heavy neutrino admixture in {beta} decay. Recent experiments, however, rule out the existence of a 17-keV neutrino as well as escaping criticisms of earlier null results. Moreover, the majority of positive results have been reinterpreted in terms of instrumental effects, despite the need for a different explanation in each case. Anomalies persist in the low energy region of the tritium spectrum which deserve further investigation.

  4. 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.; Abreu, E.; Seibert, M. M.; Hajdu, J.; Timneanu, N.; Andrejczuk, A.; Bergh, M.; Caleman, C.; Nelson, A. J.; Bajt, S.; Faeustlin, R. R.; Singer, W.; Toleikis, S.; Tschentscher, T.; Chalupsky, J.; Hajkova, V.; Juha, L.; Chapman, H. N.; Heimann, P. A.

    2011-01-15

    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{sup 17} W/cm{sup 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{sup 16} W/cm{sup 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.

  5. Disappearance and reappearance of particles of energies 50 keV as seen by P78-2 (SCATHA) near geosynchronous orbit

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    Feynman, J.; Saflekos, N. A.; Garrett, H. G.; Hardy, D. A.; Mullen, E. G.

    1980-01-01

    The nightside particle environment as observed by the AFGL Rapid Scan Particle Detector on SCATHA showing large, sudden simultaneous changes in the fluxes of electrons and protons with energies above 50 keV (dropouts) is considered. An interesting feature of SCATHA dropouts is the quasiperiodic behavior of the particle flux amplitudes which often vary with a period of the order of 15 minutes both during the dropout and after the return. A flux return during eclipse caused a major spacecraft charging event of several kilovolts. The SCATHA observations are compared with those reported for other geosynchronous satellites. In agreement with ATS-5, a marked dependence in the frequency of occurrence due to an effect of the orbit is found. ATS-5 experienced few dropouts during quiet geomagnetic conditions. However, for an L shell greater than seven, SCATHA particle dropouts occur routinely during quiet conditions. Thus, for SCATHA's orbit, both the orbital position and geomagnetic conditions must be taken into account in evaluating the potential hazard of flux returns.

  6. Size saturation in low energy ion beam synthesized nanoparticles in silica glass: 50 keV Ag{sup -} ions implantation, a case study

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    Kuiri, P. K.

    2010-09-15

    Fluence-dependent formation of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) in silica glass by 50 keV Ag{sup -} ions implantation has been studied. Samples implanted with fluences of 2x10{sup 16} ions cm{sup -2} and above are found to show an absorption band at around 410 nm, corresponding to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the Ag NPs in silica glass. An increase in SPR peak intensity with increase in fluence has been observed up to a fluence of 7x10{sup 16} ions cm{sup -2} (F7), after which the absorption intensity shows a saturation. Simulations of the optical absorption spectra also indicated an increase in the absorption intensity and hence the size of the NPs with increase in fluence up to F7, beyond which NP size is seen to saturate. The saturation of fluence and the SPR intensity (or NP size) have been explained as coming due to a break up of larger Ag NPs formed near the surface by displacement spikes induced by subsequently incident Ag ions against their regrowth from the movement of Ag atoms toward the surface and their sputtering loss. Further, we have compared our observations with the earlier data on saturation of fluence and size of NPs in cases of Au and Zn, and concluded that the saturation of both fluence and NP size are general phenomena for low energy high fluence metal ion implantation.

  7. Azimuthal and polar angle dependence of L X-ray differential cross-sections of Yb at 59.54 keV photon energy

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    Akku?, T.; ?ahin, Y.; Y?lmaz, D.

    2016-01-01

    The azimuthal and polar angle dependence of L X-ray was investigated in the same experimental setup to remove the existing ambiguity about alignments measurements. We measured Ll, L?, L? and L? X-ray differential cross sections of Yb for several different azimuthal angles (30°, 20°, 10°, 0°, -10° and -20°) and polar angles (90°, 100°, 110°, 120°, 130° and 140°) at 59.54 keV photon energy by using a Si(Li) detector. The azimuthal angle dependence of Ll and L? X-rays were observed. The azimuthal anisotropy of L? and L? X-rays were not observed. On the other hand, differential cross-sections for L? and L? X-rays were found independent on the polar angle within experimental error, those for Ll and L? X-rays depended on the polar angles. Azimuthal and polar angles dependence of L X-ray differential cross-sections contrast with the other experimental and theoretical results, which report evidence of the isotropic emission of Ll and L? X-rays following photoionization.

  8. Technical Note: Influence of the phantom material on the absorbed-dose energy dependence of the EBT3 radiochromic film for photons in the energy range 3 keV–18 MeV

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    Hermida-López, M.; Lüdemann, L.; Flühs, A.; Brualla, L.

    2014-11-01

    Purpose: Water is the reference medium for radiation therapy dosimetry, but for film dosimetry it is more practical to use a solid phantom. As the composition of solid phantoms differs from that of water, the energy dependence of film exposed within solid phantoms may also differ. The energy dependence of a radiochromic film for a given beam quality Q (energy for monoenergetic beams) has two components: the intrinsic energy dependence and the absorbed-dose energy dependence f(Q), the latter of which can be calculated through a Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport. The authors used Monte Carlo simulations to study the influence of the phantom material on the f(Q) of the EBT3 radiochromic film (Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Wayne, NJ) for photon beams with energies between 3 keV and 18 MeV. Methods: All simulations were carried out with the general-purpose Monte Carlo code PENELOPE 2011. The geometrical model consisted of a cylindrical phantom, with the film positioned at different depths depending on the initial photon energy. The authors simulated monoenergetic parallel photon beams and x-ray beams from a superficial therapy system. To validate their choice of simulation parameters, they also calculated f(Q) for older film models, EBT and EBT2, comparing with published results. In addition to water, they calculated f(Q) of the EBT3 film for solid phantom materials commonly used for film dosimetry: RW1 and RW3 (PTW-Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany), Solid Water (Gammex-RMI, Madison, WI), and PMMA. Finally, they combined their calculated f(Q) with published overall energy response data to obtain the intrinsic energy dependence of the EBT3 film in water. Results: The calculated f(Q) for EBT and EBT2 films was statistically compatible with previously published data. Between 10 keV and 18 MeV, the variation found in f(Q) of the EBT3 film for water was within 2.3%, with a standard statistical uncertainty less than 1%. If the quantity dose-to-water in the phantom is considered, which is the common practice in radiation dosimetry, the maximum difference of energy dependence for the solid phantoms with respect to water is about 6%, at an energy of 50 keV. Conclusions: The EBT3 film shows a reasonably constant absorbed-dose energy dependence when irradiated in water. If the dose-to-water in the phantom is considered, the maximum difference of EBT3 film energy dependence with the solid phantoms studied with respect to water is about 6% (at an energy of 50 keV). The reported overall energy dependence of the EBT3 film in water at energies below 100 keV is mainly due to the intrinsic energy dependence.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 ({?\\text{DW}}=0.1413(21) Å), and an uncorrelated bulk value ({?\\text{DW}}=0.1766(9) Å) in good agreement with that derived from (room-temperature) crystallography.

  11. 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 (?(DW) = 0.1413(21) Å), and an uncorrelated bulk value (?(DW) = 0.1766(9) Å) in good agreement with that derived from (room-temperature) crystallography. PMID:26075571

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. High spectral resolution Al2O3/B4C, SiC/Si, SiC/B4C, and SiC/C multilayer structures for the photon energies of 6 keV to 19 keV

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    Platonov, Yuriy Y.; Martynov, Vladimir V.; Kazimirov, Alexander; Lai, Barry

    2004-11-01

    A double multilayer monochromator with each multilayer composed of four stripes with different d-spacing providing spectral resolution of 0.3% to 0.8% in the energy range of 6keV to 19keV has been developed. Test multilayer structures with d-spacing from 2.3nm to 10.6nm have been deposited by magnetron sputtering. X-ray characterization has been performed at OSMIC by using a recently upgraded diffractometer setup and Cu-K? radiation and at the APS. The following material combinations were studied before the final choice of materials for the high energy resolution monochromator has been made: Al2O3/B4C, SiC/Si, SiC/B4C and SiC/C. To minimize the effect of internal stress built in multilayer structure on X-ray characteristics flat and thick 1" diameter silicon substrates supplied by Wave Precision Inc. were used for all calibration coatings. Final coatings were deposited on two 145mm long, 60mm wide and 30mm thick silicon substrates. Resolution of SiC/Si structures with d1=2.3nm, N1=1000 and d2=3nm, N2=700 was measured at Cu-K? with X-ray beam divergence of 14 arcsec to be 0.216% and 0.34% respectively. For plane waves the resolution is expected to be 0.13% and 0.19%, respectively.

  15. 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.

  16. Positronium origin of 476 keV galactic feature.

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    Clayton, D. D.

    1973-01-01

    Leventhal noticed that the gamma-ray spectrum due to the annihilation of positronium, which consists of two 511 keV photons from the singlet state and three photons from the triplet state, produces a spectral feature with an apparent peak at an energy less than 511 keV when viewed with a gamma-ray telescope having a Gaussian energy resolution. He calculated that the observed peak will lie at 490 keV. The author calculates that if the positronium spectrum sits atop a steeply falling continuum due to other sources, then the apparent peak can easily fall near 476 keV where it was observed. It is shown that explosive nucleosynthesis is a plausible source of the positrons.

  17. Energy dependence of photon-induced K? and K? 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; Erdo?an, Hasan

    2015-12-01

    The energy dependence of photon-induced K? and K? 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 K? and K? spectral peaks, as well as the net peak areas, have been determined by a fitting process. The measured K? and K? 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 K? and K? 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.

  18. 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, O?uz; Akku?, 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

  19. Determination of K?,? 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 K? and K? excitation factors for some selected elements from Y to Te. To determine the K? and K? 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 ?-photons. It is observed that the K? excitation factors are 5-6 times larger than the K? 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 K? and K? excitation factors are in satisfactory agreement with the theoretical results. PMID:26623929

  20. 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

  1. Internal electron conversion of the isomeric {sup 57}Fe nucleus state with an energy of 14.4 keV excited by the radiation of the plasma of a high-power femtosecond laser pulse

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    Golovin, G V; Savel'ev-Trofimov, Andrei B; Uryupina, D S; Volkov, Roman V

    2011-03-31

    We recorded the spectrum of delayed secondary electrons ejected from the target, which was coated with a layer of iron enriched with the {sup 57}Fe isotope to 98%, under its irradiation by fluxes of broadband X-ray radiation and fast electrons from the plasma produced by a femtosecond laser pulse at an intensity of 10{sup 17} W cm{sup -2}. Maxima were identified at energies of 5.6, 7.2, and 13.6 keV in the spectrum obtained for a delay of 90 - 120 ns. The two last-listed maxima owe their origin to the internal electron conversion of the isomeric level with an energy of 14.4 keV and a lifetime of 98 ns to the K and L shells of atomic iron, respectively; the first-named level arises from a cascade K - L{sub 2}L{sub 3} Auger process. Photoexcitaion by the X-ray plasma radiation is shown to be the principal channel of the isomeric level excitation. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  2. 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.

  3. Tables of x-ray mass attenuation coefficients and mass energy-absorption coefficients 1 keV to 20 meV for elements z = 1 to 92 and 48 additional substances of dosimetric interest

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    Hubbell, J.H.; Seltzer, S.M.

    1995-05-01

    Tables and graphs of the photon mass attenuation coefficient mu/rho and the mass energy-absorption coefficient mu(en)/rho are presented for all of the elements Z=1 to 92, and for 48 compounds and mixtures of radiological interest. The tables cover energies of the photon (x ray, gamma ray, bremsstrahlung) from 1 keV to 20 MeV. The mu/rho values are taken from the current photon interaction database at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the mu(en)/rho values are based on the new calculations by Seltzer described in Radiation Research. These tables of mu/rho and mu(en)/rho replace and extend the tables given by Hubbell in the International Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

  4. Beryllium and Graphite High-Accuracy Total Cross-Section Measurements in the Energy Range from 24 to 900 keV

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    Danon, Yaron

    Beryllium and Graphite High-Accuracy Total Cross-Section Measurements in the Energy Range from 24 new measurements of the carbon and beryllium neutron total cross section in the energy range of 24. Measurements of three samples of different thicknesses of beryllium resulted in accurate total cross

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. Systematic survey of the dose enhancement in tissue-equivalent materials facing medium- and high-Z backscatterers exposed to X-rays with energies from 5 to 250 keV.

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    Seidenbusch, M; Harder, D; Regulla, D

    2014-05-01

    The present study has been inspired by the results of earlier dose measurements in tissue-equivalent materials adjacent to thin foils of aluminum, copper, tin, gold, and lead. Large dose enhancements have been observed in low-Z materials near the interface when this ensemble was irradiated with X-rays of qualities known from diagnostic radiology. The excess doses have been attributed to photo-, Compton, and Auger electrons released from the metal surfaces. Correspondingly, high enhancements of biological effects have been observed in single cell layers arranged close to gold surfaces. The objective of the present work is to systematically survey, by calculation, the values of the dose enhancement in low-Z media facing backscattering materials with a variety of atomic numbers and over a large range of photon energies. Further parameters to be varied are the distance of the point of interest from the interface and the kind of the low-Z material. The voluminous calculations have been performed using the PHOTCOEF algorithm, a proven set of interpolation functions fitted to long-established Monte Carlo results, for primary photon energies between 5 and 250 keV and for atomic numbers varying over the periodic system up to Z = 100. The calculated results correlate well with our previous experimental results. It is shown that the values of the dose enhancement (a) vary strongly in dependence upon Z and photon energy; (b) have maxima in the energy region from 40 to 60 keV, determined by the K and L edges of the backscattering materials; and (c) are valued up to about 130 for "International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) soft tissue" (soft tissue composition recommended by the ICRP) as the adjacent low-Z material. Maximum dose enhancement associated with the L edge occurs for materials with atomic numbers between 50 and 60, e.g., barium (Z = 56) and iodine (Z = 53). Such materials typically serve as contrast media in medical X-ray diagnostics. The gradual reduction in the dose enhancement with increasing distance from the material interface, owed to the limited ranges of the emitted secondary electrons, has been documented in detail. The discussion is devoted to practical radiological aspects of the dose enhancement phenomenon. Cytogenetic effects in cell layers closely proximate to surfaces of medium-Z materials might vary over two orders of magnitude, because the dose enhancement is accompanied by the earlier observed about twofold increase in the low-dose RBEM at a tissue-to-gold interface. PMID:24633421

  9. On the existence of low-energy photons (<150 keV) in the unflattened x-ray beam from an ordinary radiotherapeutic target in a medical linear accelerator

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    Tsechanski, A.; Krutman, Y.; Faermann, S.

    2005-12-01

    Low-energy photons (<150 keV) are essential for obtaining high quality x-ray radiographs. These photons are usually produced in the accelerator target, but are effectively absorbed by the flattening filter and, at least partially, by the target itself. Experimental proof is presented for the existence of low-energy photons in the unflattened x-ray beam produced by a 6 MeV electron beam normally incident on the thinner of the two existing ports of the all-Cu radiotherapeutic target of a Clinac 18 (Varian Associates) linear accelerator. A number of one-shot absorption measurements were carried out with 12 foils of Pb absorbers with thicknesses varying from 0.25 to 3 mm in steps of 0.25 mm arranged symmetrically around the central axis on a 7.2 cm radius circumference. A Kodak ECL film-screen-cassette combination was used as a detector in the absorption measurements, in which optical density was measured as a function of the thickness of the Pb absorbers. Two sets of absorption measurements were carried out: the first one with the Clinac 18 6 MV unflattened beam and the second one with the Clinac 600C 6 MV therapeutic counterpart beam. There is a striking difference between the two sets: the optical density versus Pb-absorber thickness curve shows a sharp increase in optical density at small absorber thicknesses in the case of the unflattened 6 MV x-ray beam as compared with a gently sloping dependence in the case of the 6 MV therapeutic beam. A semi-quantitative assessment of the low-energy photon contribution to the whole optical density/contrast is presented. A 0.85 mm thick Pb absorber intercepting the 6 MV unflattened x-ray beam eliminates almost totally the sharp peak in the optical density curve at small Pb-absorber thicknesses. This constitutes additional evidence for the existence of low-energy photons (<150 keV) in the unflattened 6 MV beam from the Cu therapeutic target.

  10. 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.

  11. R-matrix analysis of {sup 235}U neutron transmission and cross sections in the energy range 0 to 2.25 keV

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

    1997-11-01

    This document describes a new R-matrix analysis of {sup 235}U cross section data in the energy range from 0 to 2,250 eV. The analysis was performed with the computer code SAMMY, that has recently been updated to permit, for the first time, inclusion of both differential and integral data within the analysis process. Fourteen differential data sets and six integral quantities were used in this evaluation: two measurements of fission plus capture, one of fission plus absorption, six of fission alone, two of transmission, and one of eta, plus standard values of thermal cross sections for fission, capture, and scattering, and of K1 and the Westcott g-factors for both fission and absorption. An excellent representation was obtained for the high-resolution transmission, fission, and capture cross-section data as well as for the integral quantities. The result is a single set of resonance parameters spanning the entire range up to 2,250 eV, a decided improvement over the present ENDF/VI evaluation, in which eleven discrete resonance parameter sets are required to cover that same energy range. This new evaluation is expected to greatly improve predictability of the criticality safety margins for nuclear systems in which {sup 235}U is present.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    PubMed

    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

  14. 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.; 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.

  15. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients of Rhizophora spp. binderless particleboards in the 16.59-25.26 keV photon energy range and their density profile using x-ray computed tomography.

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    Marashdeh, M W; Bauk, S; Tajuddin, A A; Hashim, R

    2012-04-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients of Rhizophora spp. binderless particleboard with four different particle sizes (samples A, B, C and D) and natural raw Rhizophora spp. wood (sample E) were determined using single-beam photon transmission in the energy range between 16.59 and 25.26 keV. This was done by determining the attenuation of K(?1) X-ray fluorescent (XRF) photons from niobium, molybdenum, palladium, silver and tin targets. The results were compared with theoretical values of young-age breast (Breast 1) and water calculated using a XCOM computer program. It was found that the mass attenuation coefficient of Rhizophora spp. binderless particleboards to be close to the calculated XCOM values in water than natural Rhizophora spp. wood. Computed tomography (CT) scans were then used to determine the density profile of the samples. The CT scan results showed that the Rhizophora spp. binderless particleboard has uniform density compared to natural Rhizophora spp. wood. In general, the differences in the variability of the profile density decrease as the particle size of the pellet samples decreases. PMID:22304963

  16. 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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    Hijazi, Hussein; Bannister, Mark E.; Krstic, Predrag S.; Parish, Chad M.; Meyer, Harry M., III; Meyer, Fred M.

    2013-10-01

    We report on measurements of interactions of 50 - 12,000 eV He ions with heated tungsten surfaces performed at the ORNL MIRF. Surface morphology changes, as well as nano-fuzz formation were investigated as function of flux and total fluence, for both virgin and pre-damaged W-targets. At low fluences, ordered surface structures are observed, with great grain-to-grain variability, together with blisters and pinholes, whose density and size increase with increasing fluence. At larger fluences, individual grain characteristics disappear, and the entire surface assumes a frothy appearance in FIB/SEM, with a multitude of near-surface bubbles with a broad range of sizes, and disordered whisker growth, while in SEM imaging the surface is indistinguishable from nano-fuzz produced on linear plasma devices. These features are evident at progressively lower fluences as the He-ion energy is increased, particularly above 1 keV, where the He beam serves not only to load the near-surface region with He to saturation, but to produce significant near-surface damage sites that can trap He. We also report on observations of the effects on surface morphology changes and nano-fuzz formation of pre-damage created by self-ion impact, and on MD simulations of near-surface damage using self-atoms. Research sponsored by the LDRD Program of ORNL, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the US DOE.

  17. Fermi Observations of GRB 090510: A Short-Hard Gamma-ray Burst with an Additional, Hard Power-law Component from 10 keV TO GeV Energies

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    Ackermann, M.; Asano, K.; Atwood, W. B.; Axelsson, M.; Baldini, L.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Baring, M. G.; Bastieri, D.; Bechtol, K.; Bellazzini, R.; Berenji, B.; Bhat, P. N.; Bissaldi, E.; Blandford, R. D.; Bloom, E. D.; Bonamente, E.; Borgland, A. W.; Bouvier, A.; Bregeon, J.; Brez, A.; Briggs, M. S.; Brigida, M.; Bruel, P.; Buson, S.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Caraveo, P. A.; Carrigan, S.; Casandjian, J. M.; Cecchi, C.; Çelik, Ö.; Charles, E.; Chiang, J.; Ciprini, S.; Claus, R.; Cohen-Tanugi, J.; Connaughton, V.; Conrad, J.; Dermer, C. D.; de Palma, F.; Dingus, B. L.; Silva, E. do Couto e.; Drell, P. S.; Dubois, R.; Dumora, D.; Farnier, C.; Favuzzi, C.; Fegan, S. J.; Finke, J.; Focke, W. B.; Frailis, M.; Fukazawa, Y.; Fusco, P.; Gargano, F.; Gasparrini, D.; Gehrels, N.; Germani, S.; Giglietto, N.; Giordano, F.; Glanzman, T.; Godfrey, G.; Granot, J.; Grenier, I. A.; Grondin, M.-H.; Grove, J. E.; Guiriec, S.; Hadasch, D.; Harding, A. K.; Hays, E.; Horan, D.; Hughes, R. E.; Jóhannesson, G.; Johnson, W. N.; Kamae, T.; Katagiri, H.; Kataoka, J.; Kawai, N.; Kippen, R. M.; Knödlseder, J.; Kocevski, D.; Kouveliotou, C.; Kuss, M.; Lande, J.; Latronico, L.; Lemoine-Goumard, M.; Llena Garde, M.; Longo, F.; Loparco, F.; Lott, B.; Lovellette, M. N.; Lubrano, P.; Makeev, A.; Mazziotta, M. N.; McEnery, J. E.; McGlynn, S.; Meegan, C.; Mészáros, P.; Michelson, P. F.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Mizuno, T.; Moiseev, A. A.; Monte, C.; Monzani, M. E.; Moretti, E.; Morselli, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Murgia, S.; Nakajima, H.; Nakamori, T.; Nolan, P. L.; Norris, J. P.; Nuss, E.; Ohno, M.; Ohsugi, T.; Omodei, N.; Orlando, E.; Ormes, J. F.; Ozaki, M.; Paciesas, W. S.; Paneque, D.; Panetta, J. H.; Parent, D.; Pelassa, V.; Pepe, M.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Piron, F.; Preece, R.; Rainò, S.; Rando, R.; Razzano, M.; Razzaque, S.; Reimer, A.; Ritz, S.; Rodriguez, A. Y.; Roth, M.; Ryde, F.; Sadrozinski, H. F.-W.; Sander, A.; Scargle, J. D.; Schalk, T. L.; Sgrò, C.; Siskind, E. J.; Smith, P. D.; Spandre, G.; Spinelli, P.; Stamatikos, M.; Stecker, F. W.; Strickman, M. S.; Suson, D. J.; Tajima, H.; Takahashi, H.; Takahashi, T.; Tanaka, T.; Thayer, J. B.; Thayer, J. G.; Thompson, D. J.; Tibaldo, L.; Toma, K.; Torres, D. F.; Tosti, G.; Tramacere, A.; Uchiyama, Y.; Uehara, T.; Usher, T. L.; van der Horst, A. J.; Vasileiou, V.; Vilchez, N.; Vitale, V.; von Kienlin, A.; Waite, A. P.; Wang, P.; Wilson-Hodge, C.; Winer, B. L.; Wu, X. F.; Yamazaki, R.; Yang, Z.; Ylinen, T.; Ziegler, M.

    2010-06-01

    We present detailed observations of the bright short-hard gamma-ray burst GRB 090510 made with the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) and Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board the Fermi observatory. GRB 090510 is the first burst detected by the LAT that shows strong evidence for a deviation from a Band spectral fitting function during the prompt emission phase. The time-integrated spectrum is fit by the sum of a Band function with E peak = 3.9 ± 0.3 MeV, which is the highest yet measured, and a hard power-law component with photon index -1.62 ± 0.03 that dominates the emission below ?20 keV and above ?100 MeV. The onset of the high-energy spectral component appears to be delayed by ~0.1 s with respect to the onset of a component well fit with a single Band function. A faint GBM pulse and a LAT photon are detected 0.5 s before the main pulse. During the prompt phase, the LAT detected a photon with energy 30.5+5.8 -2.6 GeV, the highest ever measured from a short GRB. Observation of this photon sets a minimum bulk outflow Lorentz factor, ?gsim 1200, using simple ?? opacity arguments for this GRB at redshift z = 0.903 and a variability timescale on the order of tens of ms for the ?100 keV-few MeV flux. Stricter high confidence estimates imply ? >~ 1000 and still require that the outflows powering short GRBs are at least as highly relativistic as those of long-duration GRBs. Implications of the temporal behavior and power-law shape of the additional component on synchrotron/synchrotron self-Compton, external-shock synchrotron, and hadronic models are considered.

  18. 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.

  19. PET surface modification by 0.2 keV and 2.5 keV argon ions

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    Kormunda, Martin; Pavlik, Jaroslav

    2010-06-01

    PET foils have a high potential as a material for biomedical and electrical industries. PET foils were irradiated by ions for variable irradiation time. The effects of low (2.5, 0.2 keV) energy argon ion flux irradiation on the surfaces of polyethylene terephthalate thin foils (PET) were studied. The source of ions was an ECR Ion Gun with settable acceleration voltages. The modified foils were investigated by in-situ X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and ex-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The significant changes in the chemical composition of the surface layer were quantitatively studied by XPS. The scission of the chains in the surface layer of PET foil was induced by ion flux interaction with PET surface. The strong selective sputtering of oxygen atoms in PET film was observed. The atomic ratio O/C was decreased by 0.2keV and 2.5keV argon ion flux from 0.40 to 0.25 and 0.04 respectively. The oxygen atoms in ester bonds are detached first. This phenomenon is responsible for the creation of carbon-rich surface layer. The FTIR analyses identified changes in chemical composition but with no obvious correlation to surface changes. PET volume changes in the spectra were probably results of photons from the ion source influence on PET foils.

  20. First measurement of the antiproton-nucleus annihilation cross section at 125 keV

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    Aghai-Khozani, H.; Barna, D.; Corradini, M.; De Salvador, D.; Hayano, R.; Hori, M.; Kobayashi, T.; Leali, M.; Lodi-Rizzini, E.; Mascagna, V.; Prest, M.; Seiler, D.; Soter, A.; Todoroki, K.; Vallazza, E.; Venturelli, L.

    2015-08-01

    The first observation of in-flight antiproton-nucleus annihilation at ˜130 keV obtained with the ASACUSA detector has demonstrated that the measurement of the cross section of the process is feasible at such extremely low energies Aghai-Khozani, H., et al., Eur. Phys. J. Plus 127, 55 (2012). Here we present the results of the data analysis with the evaluations of the antiproton annihilation cross sections on carbon, palladium and platinum targets at ˜125 keV.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.; Hady?ska-Klek, K.; Kisieli?ski, 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 ? -? 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.

  4. Energetic electrons, 50 keV 6 MeV, at geosynchronous orbit: their responses to solar wind variations

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    Li, Xinlin

    1 Energetic electrons, 50 keV ­ 6 MeV, at geosynchronous orbit: their responses to solar wind of the upstream solar wind and of energetic electrons at geosynchronous orbit, we analyze the response of electrons over a wide energy range, 50 keV - 6 MeV, to solar wind variations. Enhancements of energetic

  5. Checking Potassium origin of new emission line at 3.5 keV with K XIX line complex at 3.7 keV

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    Dmytro Iakubovskyi

    2015-07-17

    Whether the new line at ~3.5 keV, recently detected in different samples of galaxy clusters, Andromeda galaxy and central part of our Galaxy, is due to Potassium emission lines, is now unclear. By using the latest astrophysical atomic emission line database AtomDB v. 3.0.2, we show that the most prospective method to directly check its Potassium origin will be the study of K XIX emission line complex at ~3.7 keV with future X-ray imaging spectrometers such as Soft X-ray spectometer on-board Astro-H mission or microcalorimeter on-board Micro-X sounding rocket experiment. To further reduce the remaining (factor ~3-5) uncertainty of the 3.7/3.5 keV ratio one should perform more precise modeling including removal of significant spatial inhomogeneities, detailed treatment of background components, and further extension of the modeled energy range.

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

    DOEpatents

    Wang, Ching L. (Livermore, CA)

    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.

  7. Observations of 12-200 keV X-rays from GX 339-4

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    Nolan, P. L.; Gruber, D. E.; Knight, F. K.; Matteson, J. L.; Peterson, L. E.; Levine, A. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Primini, F. A.

    1982-01-01

    X-ray spectra of GX 339-4 measured on three occasions in 1977 and 1978 are presented. These are the first reported measurements above 10 keV. The spectra can be described as the superposition of a soft component, which is dominant below about 20 keV, and a hard component at higher energy. Simultaneous measurements at lower energy show that the soft component vanished during the observation in early 1978. The behavior of these two components is similar to that of the spectrum of Cygnus X-1; this reinforces the previously noted resemblance in rapid X-ray variability.

  8. Monte-Carlo simulations of the expected imaging performance of the EXIST high-energy telescope

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    S. V. Vadawale; J. Hong; J. E. Grindlay; G. Skinner

    2005-09-26

    EXIST is being studied as the Black Hole Finder Probe, one of the 3 Einstein Probe missions under NASA's Beyond Einstein program. The major science goals for EXIST include highly sensitive full-sky hard X-ray survey in a very wide energy band of 5-600 keV. The scientific requirements of wide energy band (10-600 keV for the High Energy Telescope considered for EXIST) and large field of view (approximately 130 deg x 60 deg in the current design, incorporating an array of 18 contiguous very large area coded aperture telescopes) presents significant imaging challenges. The requirement of achieving high imaging sensitivity puts stringent limits on the uniformity and knowledge of systematics for the detector plane. In order to accomplish the ambitious scientific requirements of EXIST, it is necessary to implement many novel techniques. Here we present the initial results of our extensive Monte-Carlo simulations of coded mask imaging for EXIST to estimate the performance degradation due to various factors affecting the imaging such as the non-ideal detector plane and bright partially coded sources.

  9. 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.

  10. HEAO 3 upper limits to the expected 1634 KeV line from SS 483

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    Wheaton, W. A.; Ling, J. C.; Mahoney, W. A.; Jacobson, A. S.

    1985-01-01

    A model based on 24 Mg(1369) was developed as the source of the lines in which refractory grains in the jets, containing Mg and 0, are bombarded, by ambient protons in the local ISM. The narrowness of the features results because the recoil Mg nucleus is stopped in the grain before the 1369 keV excited state decays. A consequence of the 24 Mg interpretation is the expected appearance of other emission lines, due to 20 Ne and 20 Na, which are produced by proton bombardment of 24 Mg at the 33 MeV/nucleon energy corresponding to the velocity of the jets. These lines appear at rest energies of 1634 keV and 1636 keV, respectively, and should have essentially the same total flux as that emited at 1369 keV. The HEAO 3 data are examined to search for the 1634 keV (rest) emission. The observation and analysis, the results, and the implications for the understanding of SS 433 are discussed.

  11. SHEEP the ASCA 5-10 keV survey

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    Georgantopoulos, I; Ptak, A

    2001-01-01

    We present the first results of the hard (5-10 keV) ASCA GIS survey SHEEP (Search for the High Energy Extragalactic Population). We have analysed 149 fields covering an area of 39 sq. deg detecting 69 sources. Several of these appear to be associated with QSOs and Seyfert-1 galaxies but with hard X-ray spectra, probably due to high absorption. Indeed, the hardness ratio analysis shows that the spectra of the majority of our sources can be represented with a ``scatterer'' model similar to obscured Seyfert galaxies locally. According to this model, our sources present high intrinsic absorption (logN_H~23) but also significant amounts of soft X-ray emission coming from scattered light.

  12. SHEEP: the ASCA 5-10 keV survey

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    I. Georgantopoulos; K. Nandra; A. Ptak

    2001-01-05

    We present the first results of the hard (5-10 keV) ASCA GIS survey SHEEP (Search for the High Energy Extragalactic Population). We have analysed 149 fields covering an area of 39 sq. deg detecting 69 sources. Several of these appear to be associated with QSOs and Seyfert-1 galaxies but with hard X-ray spectra, probably due to high absorption. Indeed, the hardness ratio analysis shows that the spectra of the majority of our sources can be represented with a ``scatterer'' model similar to obscured Seyfert galaxies locally. According to this model, our sources present high intrinsic absorption (logN_H~23) but also significant amounts of soft X-ray emission coming from scattered light.

  13. 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 ?-Al2O3.

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    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 ?-Al2O3; contamination of ?-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

  14. AXAF synchrotron witness mirror calibrations 2 to 12 keV

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    Fitch, Jonathan J.; Blake, Richard L.; Burek, A. J.; Clark, Anna M.; Graessle, Dale E.; Harris, Bernard; Schwartz, Daniel A.; Sweeney, J.

    1997-07-01

    We have completed another full year of reflectance calibrations of AXAF witness mirrors at the National Synchrotron Light Source. At the NSLS, we have used beamlines X8C (5 - 12 keV) and X8A (2 - 6 keV), sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory. All of the flats have been calibrated in the 5 - 12 keV range, and approximately 1/4 of all our flats have been calibrated in the 2 - 6.2 keV range. The repeatability in the coating processes reported in Denver has continued with the measurement of additional mirrors. Optical constants from reflectances have been derived for six of the eight AXAF mirror elements, and a degree of spatial uniformity information exists for three of these six. The addition of a semitransparent monitor has markedly increased efficiency of measurements in the 5 - 12 keV range, and efforts are being made to provide such a monitor detector for the lower energy ranges. We report the progress in reflectance data acquisition and optical constant derivations, and discuss implications of the results for the AXAF program.

  15. AXAF Synchrotron Witness Mirror Calibrations, 2-12 keV

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    Fitch, J. J.; Burek, A. J.; Clark, A. M.; Graessle, D. E.; Harris, B.; Schwartz, D. A.; Blake, R. L.

    1997-05-01

    We have completed another full year of reflectance calibrations of AXAF witness mirrors at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. At the NSLS, we have used Beamlines X8C (5-12 keV) and X8A (2-6.2 keV). These beamlines are sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory. All of the scheduled flats have been calibrated in the 5-12 keV range, and approximately one-fourth of those scheduled have been calibrated in the 2-6.2 keV range. The repeatability in the coating processes reported last year (SPIE, Denver, July 1996) has persisted with the measurement of additional mirrors. Optical constants from reflectances have been derived for six of the eight AXAF mirror elements, and a degree of spatial uniformity information exists for three of these six. The addition of a semitransparent monitor has markedly increased efficiency of measurements in the 5-12 keV range, and efforts are being made to provide such a monitor detector for the lower energy ranges. We report progress in reflectance data acquisition and optical constants derivations, and discuss implications of the results for the AXAF program. This research is supported by the US D.O.E., and by NASA under contract NAS8-40224.

  16. Characteristics of 80 keV positive ion source for Large Helical Device.

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    Nakano, H; Osakabe, M; Tsumori, K; Sato, M; Shibuya, M; Ikeda, K; Nagaoka, K; Kaneko, O; Asano, E; Kondo, T; Komada, S; Takeiri, Y

    2010-02-01

    An additional beamline, BL5, equipped with four positive ion sources will be installed on Large Helical Device (LHD) in 2010. The performance of an ion source which generates 80 keV deuterium and 60 keV hydrogen beams was investigated. The structure of the ion source is based on that of a BL4 ion source on LHD. The main differences between the ion sources for the BL4 and BL5 are the acceleration voltages and the materials of plasma electrodes: copper and molybdenum, respectively. The molybdenum plasma electrode for BL5 has better performance than the copper plasma electrode of BL4. The integrated performance of the ion source for BL5 reached a value equivalent to approximately 58 A in the beam current of hydrogen positive ion at 60 keV in the beam energy. PMID:20192422

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Tomographic All-sky Imaging Above 200 keV With BATSE

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    Wheaton, William A.; Case, G. L.; Cherry, M. L.; Ling, J. C.; Lo, M. W.; Roland, J. M.; Shimizu, T.

    2010-02-01

    We describe a tomographic method of mapping the gamma-ray sky above 200 keV with earth-occultation data from BATSE, the Burst And Transient Source Experiment on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO). The method combines good sensitivity with 0.5° angular resolution over the whole sky. Our previous occultation analysis of the BATSE data indicates the presence of a significant number of unmodeled cosmic sources. The Earth's horizon cuts the sky in a cycle that repeats with the 51 day precession of the CGRO orbit plane, which is reflected in periodic effects due to the uncatalogued sources. Such cycles are then a natural data unit for all-sky mapping by a tomographic method using the Radon transform. Because the airmass profile of the horizon is nearly independent of energy, we obtain 0.5° angular resolution over the entire low-energy gamma-ray region. To improve sensitivity, we subtract a phenomenological model for the non-cosmic gamma-ray background from the raw count data before performing the imaging analysis, which uses a simple planar approximation to the inverse Radon transform on a tiling of the sky. We present images in four broad energy bands (23-98 keV, 98-230 keV, 230-595 keV and 595-1800 keV) centered on selected sources to illustrate the power of this approach. Our preliminary results tentatively show several sources in the 230-595 keV and 595-1800 keV bands, which will be presented. We easily image the Crab in the 595-1800 keV band in a single precession cycle. With 64 cycles in the 9 year CGRO data set, we expect a flux-complete survey of the entire sky, with multiple independent sky maps achieving a combined sensitivity typically less than 125 mCrab near 1 MeV. This work has been supported by grants from NASA, JPL, and LSU.

  20. New measurement of the relative scintillation efficiency of xenon nuclear recoils below 10 keV

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    Aprile, E.; Choi, B.; Giboni, K. L.; Lim, K.; Monzani, M. E.; Plante, G.; Santorelli, R.; Yamashita, M.; Baudis, L.; Manalaysay, A.

    2009-04-15

    Liquid xenon is an important detection medium in direct dark matter experiments, which search for low-energy nuclear recoils produced by the elastic scattering of WIMPs with quarks. The two existing measurements of the relative scintillation efficiency of nuclear recoils below 20 keV lead to inconsistent extrapolations at lower energies. This results in a different energy scale and thus sensitivity reach of liquid xenon dark matter detectors. We report a new measurement of the relative scintillation efficiency below 10 keV performed with a liquid xenon scintillation detector, optimized for maximum light collection. Greater than 95% of the interior surface of this detector was instrumented with photomultiplier tubes, giving a scintillation yield of 19.6 photoelectrons/keV electron equivalent for 122-keV {gamma} rays. We find that the relative scintillation efficiency for nuclear recoils of 5 keV is 0.14, staying constant around this value up to 10 keV. For higher energy recoils we measure a value of 0.21, consistent with previously reported data. In light of this new measurement, the XENON10 experiment's upper limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross section, which were calculated assuming a constant 0.19 relative scintillation efficiency, change from 8.8x10{sup -44} cm{sup 2} to 9.9x10{sup -44} cm{sup 2} for WIMPs of mass 100 GeV/c{sup 2}, and from 4.5x10{sup -44} cm{sup 2} to 5.6x10{sup -44} cm{sup 2} for WIMPs of mass 30 GeV/c{sup 2}.

  1. The Highest Historical 0.3-10 keV Flux in HBL Source Markarian 501

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    Kapanadze, Bidzina

    2014-05-01

    We report the highest historical X-ray flux level from the nearby (z=0.034) high-energy peaked BL Lacertae source Mrk 501 in the 0.3-10 keV energy band, detected by the X-ray Telescope (XRT) onboard the Swift satellite which observed the source 8 times since May 1 (total exposure - about 7.5 ks). ...

  2. 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.

  3. A possible correlation between the 511 keV annihilation radiation and the 6.7 keV iron line emission in the Galactic plane

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    He, Z.; Durouchoux, Ph.; Chapuis, C.; Wallyn, P.

    1991-08-01

    The contributions of annihilation radiation from an interstellar component and a Galactic component are studied analytically. The models assume that extended sources are used to express the interstellar 511-keV emission so that the distribution of radiation is consistent with that of high-energy gamma rays or molecular CO gas. The diffuse line is assumed to follow the iron-line radiation along the Galactic longitude as a radiative product of supernova remnants. The analysis shows that two components could contribute the 511-keV annihilation radiation both from within the Galactic center and from interstellar annihilation sources. The results suggest an extended source with an intensity of 0.002 ph/sq cm/s/rad near the Galactic center, although the source is probably not variable and compact.

  4. Quasi-monoenergetic 200 keV photon field using a radioactive source with backscatter layout

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    Tajudin, Suffian M.; Namito, Yoshihito; Sanami, Toshiya; Hirayama, Hideo

    2014-11-01

    A quasi-monoenergetic photon field with energy of ˜200 keV was obtained using a radioactive source with a backscatter layout. The backscatter layout allows the calibration of a dosimeter for two different energies with a single radioactive source. The setup was optimized through calculations and experiments to minimize the low energy component and to obtain field uniformity. The optimal backscatter layout was found to comprise a 1 × 1 m2 steel floor, a radioactive source placed 20 cm above the floor, and a 10-cm cubic lead block placed directly above the source. Under the proposed layout and using a 208-MBq Cs-137 source, a monoenergetic photon field with 190 ± 9.6 keV (FWHM) and a dose rate of 3.18 ± 0.18 µSv/h was obtained within a 10 × 10 × 10 cm3 area, at a distance of 15 to 25 cm above the lead block.

  5. Secondary ion emission under keV carbon cluster bombardment 

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    Locklear, Jay Edward

    2006-10-30

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is a surface analysis technique capable of providing isotopic and molecular information. SIMS uses keV projectiles to impinge upon a sample resulting in secondary ion emission from nanometric dimensions...

  6. Excimer Emission using 20keV Electron Beam Excitation

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    Wieser, J.; Ulrich, A.; Murnick, D. E.

    1996-10-01

    A small, continuously emitting rare gas excimer light source has been developed. The gas is excited by a 20keV dc-electron beam. A 300nm thick, 1×1mm^2 SiNx foil sustaining a pressure difference up to 2bar, separates the target volume from the high vacuum part of the electron gun. Spectra of the rare gases Ar, Kr, and Xe have been studied. The monochromator detector system was intensity calibrated in the wavelength range from 115nm to 320nm. Electron beam currents of typically 1?A were used for excitation. When used as a VUV lamp on the second excimer continua, energy conversion efficiencies of 30% were obtained. Emissions originating from the so called left turning points have been clearly observed at 155, 173, and 222nm in Ar_2^*, Kr_2^*, and Xe_2^*, respectively. The so called third continua between 185nm and 240nm (Ar), 220nm and 250nm (Kr), and at 270nm (Xe) have been studied. A new continuum in Xe at 280nm was found. (Funded by the A.v.Humboldt Foundation and NSF (CTS 94-19440). The authors acknowledge support by H. Huggins, A. Liddle and W.L. Brown (Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies))

  7. Study of NGC2070 at 3-8 Kev and 8-20 Kev using RXTE Survey

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    Bhattarai, Suresh

    2015-08-01

    In the present work, we studied the variation of relative flux density along the primary and secondary maxima in NGC2070 using 3-8 Kev and 8-20 Kev RXTE Survey. These two X-ray pass-bands are responsible for free-free transition and inner transition of electron because of strong radiation field of NGC2070. A similar knoty structure is found in both 3-8 Kev and 8-20 Kev passbands. However, the maxima is found to be located in the different knots. A similar nature of flux density variation is observed in both passbands, suggesting a strong association between the substructures. We conclude that the nebula NGC2070 exhibit X-ray dominated region which generally reduces the initial mass function of the interstellar cloud. A further study is needed in order to know the shaping mechanism of the structure.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:24903579

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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, Françoise; Lagarde, Bruno; Mercere, Pascal; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe; Polack, François

    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.

  17. Transport cross sections for proton-noble gases and proton-carbon scattering in the energy range from 0.1 eV to 10 keV

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    Krstic, Predrag S.; Schultz, David R.

    2006-10-01

    Using the fully quantum mechanical treatment, elastic differential and integral elastic cross sections have been calculated over a wide range of center-of-mass collision energies, 0.1--10 000 eV, for protons scattered by noble gas atoms He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe as well as carbon atoms. In addition, the momentum transfer and viscosity cross sections, relevant to transport modeling, have been computed from the quantal differential cross sections along with results of the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method. The two complementary sets of results (classical and quantal) for the transport cross sections, enriched with the CTMC charge transfer data, provided deeper insight into the accuracy of the data over the broad energy range. Isotopic scaling relations, derived form the calculations, enable application of the results to the deuterium/tritium rich fusion plasma environment. All data are available through the worldwide website of the Controlled Fusion Atomic Data Center (www-cfadc.phy.ornl.gov)[1]. [1] P. S. Krstic and D. R. Schultz, Physics of Plasmas 13, 053501 (2006).

  18. New Observations of Soft X-ray (0.5-5 keV) Solar Spectra

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    Caspi, A.; Woods, T. N.; Mason, J. P.; Jones, A. R.; Warren, H. P.

    2013-12-01

    The solar corona is the brightest source of X-rays in the solar system, and the X-ray emission is highly variable on many time scales. However, the actual solar soft X-ray (SXR) (0.5-5 keV) spectrum is not well known, particularly during solar quiet periods, as, with few exceptions, this energy range has not been systematically studied in many years. Previous observations include high-resolution but very narrow-band spectra from crystal 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 moderate energy resolution (~0.5-0.7 keV FWHM) were made by SphinX on CORONAS-Photon and SAX on MESSENGER, although they did not extend to energies below ~1 keV. We present observations of solar SXR emission obtained using new instrumentation flown on recent SDO/EVE calibration rocket underflights. The photon-counting spectrometer, a commercial Amptek X123 with a silicon drift detector and an 8 ?m Be window, measures the solar disk-integrated SXR emission from ~0.5 to >10 keV with ~0.15 keV FWHM resolution and 1 s cadence. A novel imager, a pinhole X-ray camera using a cooled frame-transfer CCD (15 ?m pixel pitch), Ti/Al/C filter, and 5000 line/mm Au transmission grating, images the full Sun in multiple spectral orders from ~0.1 to ~5 nm with ~10 arcsec/pixel and ~0.01 nm/pixel spatial and spectral detector scales, respectively, and 10 s cadence. These instruments are prototypes for future CubeSat missions currently being developed. We present new results of solar observations on 04 October 2013 (NASA sounding rocket 36.290). We compare with previous results from 23 June 2012 (NASA sounding rocket 36.286), during which solar activity was low and no signal was observed above ~4 keV. We compare our spectral and imaging measurements with spectra and broadband irradiances from other instruments, including SDO/EVE, GOES/XRS, TIMED/XPS, and RHESSI, as well as the SphinX observations during the deep solar minimum of 2009. Using newly-developed computational methods, we analyze the differential emission measure (DEM) of the solar corona, and discuss the possible implications for X-ray-producing physical processes in the quiescent corona.

  19. 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.

  20. Reflectance calibrations of AXAF witness mirrors using synchrotron radiation: 2 to 12 keV

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    Graessle, Dale E.; Clark, Anna M.; Fitch, J. J.; Harris, Bernard; Schwartz, Daniel A.; Blake, Richard L.

    1996-07-01

    For the past six years, a high-accuracy reflectance calibration system has been under development at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The system utilizes Los Alamos National Laboratory's Beamlines X8A and X8C. Its purpose is to calibrate the reflection efficiencies of witness coupons associated with the coating of the eight mirror elements composing the High Resolution Mirror Assembly for NASA's Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF). During the past year, measurements of reflectances of numerous iridium- coated witness flat mirrors have been obtained to a relative statistical precision of 0.4 percent, and an overall repeatability within 0.8 percent in the overlapping energy regions. The coating processes are strikingly repeatable, with reflectances in the 5-10 keV range for off-end witness flats nearly always being within 1 percent of one another, excluding interference fringes. The comparison reflectances between flats obtained from qualification coating runs and production runs of the Wolter Type I mirror elements are in turn nearly equal, indicating that the qualification run witness flats provide a good representation of the flight optics. Results will produce a calibration of AXAF with extremely good energy detail over the 2-12 keV range, which includes details of the M-absorption edge region for Ir. Development of the program to cover 0.05-2 keV continues.

  1. A 24 keV liquid-metal-jet x-ray source for biomedical applications

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    Larsson, D. H.; Takman, P. A. C.; Lundstroem, U.; Burvall, A.; Hertz, H. M.

    2011-12-15

    We present a high-brightness 24-keV electron-impact microfocus x-ray source based on continuous operation of a heated liquid-indium/gallium-jet anode. The 30-70 W electron beam is magnetically focused onto the jet, producing a circular 7-13 {mu}m full width half maximum x-ray spot. The measured spectral brightness at the 24.2 keV In K{sub {alpha}} line is 3 x 10{sup 9} photons/(s x mm{sup 2}x mrad{sup 2}x 0.1% BW) at 30 W electron-beam power. The high photon energy compared to existing liquid-metal-jet sources increases the penetration depth and allows imaging of thicker samples. The applicability of the source in the biomedical field is demonstrated by high-resolution imaging of a mammography phantom and a phase-contrast angiography phantom.

  2. Production of Sterile Neutrino dark matter and the 3.5 keV line

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    Merle, Alexander; Schneider, Aurel

    2015-10-01

    The recent observation of an X-ray line at an energy of 3.5 keV mainly from galaxy clusters has initiated a discussion about whether we may have seen a possible dark matter signal. If confirmed, this signal could stem from a decaying sterile neutrino of a mass of 7.1 keV. Such a particle could make up all the dark matter, but it is not clear how it was produced in the early Universe. In this letter we show that it is possible to discriminate between different production mechanisms with present-day astronomical data. The most stringent constraint comes from the Lyman-? forest and seems to disfavor all but one of the main production mechanisms proposed in the literature, which is the production via decay of heavy scalar singlets. Pinning down the production mechanism will help to decide whether the X-ray signal indeed comprises an indirect detection of dark matter.

  3. 3 keV to 2 MeV observations of four gamma-ray bursts

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    Laros, J. G.; Evans, W. D.; Fenimore, E. E.; Klebesadel, R. W.; Shulman, S.; Fritz, G.

    1984-01-01

    Simultaneous X and gamma ray spectra were obtained for four gamma ray burst events using satellite instrumentation. The P78-1 satellite proportional counters recorded X-ray data in the 3-10 keV range, while Pioneer Venus Orbiter and ISEE 3 sensors had a 3 keV lower limit for events. The positively correlated data covered the events GB 790307, 790325, 790504, and 790731. The time histories of the X and gamma ray energies did not correlate well. The post-gamma ray phase of GB 790307 displayed features of simple cooling, and in conjunction with soft X-ray data suggested an origin in an optically thin fireball. However, the data were equally well-fitted by a model of an emitting hot spot on a neutron star. The data negated any concept that gamma ray bursts evolve similarly to classical X-ray bursts.

  4. 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.

  5. The 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy

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    Prantzos, N.; Boehm, C.; Bykov, A. M.; Diehl, R.; Ferriere, K.; Guessoum, N.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Marcowith, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Strong, A.; Weidenspointner, G.

    2011-07-01

    The first {gamma}-ray line originating from outside the Solar System that was ever detected is the 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy. Despite 30 years of intense theoretical and observational investigation, the main sources of positrons have not been identified up to now. Observations in the 1990s with OSSE/CGRO (Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment on GRO satellite/Compton Gamma Ray Observatory) showed that the emission is strongly concentrated toward the Galactic bulge. In the 2000s, the spectrometer SPI aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) allowed scientists to measure that emission across the entire Galaxy, revealing that the bulge-to-disk luminosity ratio is larger than observed at any other wavelength. This mapping prompted a number of novel explanations, including rather ''exotic'' ones (e.g., dark matter annihilation). However, conventional astrophysical sources, such as type Ia supernovae, microquasars, or x-ray binaries, are still plausible candidates for a large fraction of the observed total 511 keV emission of the bulge. A closer study of the subject reveals new layers of complexity, since positrons may propagate far away from their production sites, making it difficult to infer the underlying source distribution from the observed map of 511 keV emission. However, in contrast to the rather well-understood propagation of high-energy (>GeV) particles of Galactic cosmic rays, understanding the propagation of low-energy ({approx}MeV) positrons in the turbulent, magnetized interstellar medium still remains a formidable challenge. The spectral and imaging properties of the observed 511 keV emission are reviewed and candidate positron sources and models of positron propagation in the Galaxy are critically discussed.

  6. The 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy

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    Prantzos, N.; Boehm, C.; Bykov, A. M.; Diehl, R.; Ferrière, K.; Guessoum, N.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Marcowith, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Strong, A.; Weidenspointner, G.

    2011-07-01

    The first ?-ray line originating from outside the Solar System that was ever detected is the 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy. Despite 30 years of intense theoretical and observational investigation, the main sources of positrons have not been identified up to now. Observations in the 1990s with OSSE/CGRO (Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment on GRO satellite/Compton Gamma Ray Observatory) showed that the emission is strongly concentrated toward the Galactic bulge. In the 2000s, the spectrometer SPI aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA) International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) allowed scientists to measure that emission across the entire Galaxy, revealing that the bulge-to-disk luminosity ratio is larger than observed at any other wavelength. This mapping prompted a number of novel explanations, including rather “exotic” ones (e.g., dark matter annihilation). However, conventional astrophysical sources, such as type Ia supernovae, microquasars, or x-ray binaries, are still plausible candidates for a large fraction of the observed total 511 keV emission of the bulge. A closer study of the subject reveals new layers of complexity, since positrons may propagate far away from their production sites, making it difficult to infer the underlying source distribution from the observed map of 511 keV emission. However, in contrast to the rather well-understood propagation of high-energy (>GeV) particles of Galactic cosmic rays, understanding the propagation of low-energy (˜MeV) positrons in the turbulent, magnetized interstellar medium still remains a formidable challenge. The spectral and imaging properties of the observed 511 keV emission are reviewed and candidate positron sources and models of positron propagation in the Galaxy are critically discussed.

  7. 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…

  8. New applications and analysis of avalanche photodiodes as detectors for electrons ranging from 10 keV to 300 keV

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    Kodama, T.; Osakabe, N.; Endo, J.; Tonomura, A.; Urakami, T.; Ohsuka, S.; Tsuchiya, H.; Tsuchiya, Y.

    1998-12-31

    New applications of avalanche photodiodes as fast timing detectors for electrons ranging from 10 keV to 300 keV together with an analysis of the response of silicon avalanche photodiodes to the electrons are reported.

  9. Energetic (approx. 100-keV) tailward-directed ion beam outside the Jovian plasma boundary

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    Krimigis, S.M.; Armstrong, T.P.; Axford, W.I.; Bostrom, C.O.; Fan, C.Y.; Gloeckler, G.; Lanzerotti, L.J.; Hamilton, D.C.; Zwickl, R.D.

    1980-01-01

    The hot plasma instrument on the Voyager-2 spacecraft measured a nearly monoenergetic (approx.100 keV) ion beam several hours after crossing the Jovian plasma boundary on the nightside of the planet. The beam, deduced to consist primarily of heavy ions, persisted for about four hours and originated from the general direction of Jupiter. The energy density of the beam was approx. several times the energy density of the magnetic field (..beta..>1). This beam, a product of an as yet not understood Jovian plasma acceleration mechanism, provides a dramatic example of the energetic dynamics of Jupiter's magnetosphere.

  10. 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.

  11. Possible Capture of keV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter on Radioactive beta-decaying Nuclei

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    Y. F. Li; Zhi-zhong Xing

    2010-11-05

    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 nu_4 and its flavor eigenstate nu_s weakly mixes with three active neutrinos. We clarify different active-sterile neutrino mixing factors for the radiative decay of nu_4 and beta 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 nu_4 component of nu_e can leave a distinct imprint on the electron energy spectrum when it is captured on radioactive beta-decaying nuclei. We carry out an analysis of its signatures in the capture reactions nu_e + ^{3}H \\to ^{3}He + e^- and nu_e + ^{106}Ru \\to ^{106}Rh + e^- against the beta-decay backgrounds, and conclude that this experimental approach might not be hopeless in the long run.

  12. 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.

  13. Aldo Morselli, INFN Roma Tor Vergata! 1! Future experiments in space : From KeV to TeV

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    Morselli, Aldo

    Aldo Morselli, INFN Roma Tor Vergata! 1! Future experiments in space : From KeV to TeV Aldo Morselli INFN Roma Tor Vergata What Next Padova, 3 Dicember, 2014 #12;Aldo Morselli, INFN Roma Tor Vergata! 2! The Low Energy frontier #12;Aldo Morselli, INFN Roma Tor Vergata! 3! #12;Aldo Morselli, INFN Roma

  14. Low Frequency QPOs from the Black Hole Candidate XTE J1550564 in the 2120 keV Range

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    Kalemci, Emrah

    and the fundamental QPO and a harmonic. (see Fig. 3). We obtained upper limits for the rms amplitude of the fundamental QPO in 60­120 keV band for observations without a clear detection of the QPO. We have used values transform of the time series (see Fig. 2). The dead­time depends on the energy loss in the scintillation

  15. Search of keV Sterile Neutrino Warm Dark Matter in the Rhenium and Tritium beta decays

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    de Vega, H J; de Guerra, E Moya; Medrano, M Ramon; Sanchez, N

    2011-01-01

    keV sterile neutrinos are important as extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics and as serious keV dark matter (DM) candidates (Warm DM) in agreement with both cosmological and galaxy observations. We study the possible detection of a keV sterile neutrino through its mixing with a light active neutrino in the Rhenium 187 and Tritium beta decays. The electron low energy beta spectrum 0 keV < T_e < (Q_{beta} - m_s)keV is the region where a sterile neutrino could be detected and its mass m_s measured, (m_s being expected 1 to 10 keV from cosmological and galactic observations and theoretical analysis). This region is away from the near end-point Q_{beta} region suitable to measure the mass of the light active neutrino. In order to analyze the sterile neutrino effect, we introduce the dimensionless ratio R of the sterile neutrino to the active neutrino contribution: R exhibits a constant plateau that starts at momentum p_e = 0 and sharply drops for p_e near its maximum value; R increases with th...

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. HARD X-RAY MICROFLARES DOWN TO 3 keV SM KRUCKER1, STEVEN CHRISTE1 , R. P. LIN1,2, GORDON J. HURFORD1 and

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    and spatial resolution, and energy coverage down to 3 keV provided by the Reuven Ramaty High-Energy Solar-thermal electron energy content between 1026 ­1027 erg. Except for the fact that the power-law indices are steeper. Introduction The Reuven Ramaty High-Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) instru- ment (see Lin et al

  19. Reply to Two Comments on "Dark matter searches going bananas the contribution of Potassium (and Chlorine) to the 3.5 keV line"

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    Jeltema, Tesla

    2014-01-01

    We respond to two comments on our recent paper, Jeltema & Profumo (2014). The first comment by Boyarsky et al. confirms the absence of a line from M31 in the 3-4 keV energy range, but criticizes the energy range for spectral fitting on the basis that (i) the background model adopted between 3-4 keV is invalid outside that range and that (ii) extending the energy range multiple features appear, including a 3.5 keV line. Point (i) is manifestly irrelevant (the 3-4 keV background model was not meant to extend outside that range), while closer inspection of point (ii) shows that the detected features are inconsistent and likely unphysical. We demonstrate that the existence of an excess near 3.5 keV in the M31 data requires fitting a broad enough energy range such that the background modeling near 3.5 keV is poor to a level that multiple spurious residual features become significant. Bulbul et al. criticize our use of WebGuide instead of the full AtomDB package. While a technically correct remark, this is only...

  20. Relic keV sterile neutrinos and reionization

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    Peter L. Biermann; Alexander Kusenko

    2006-03-02

    A sterile neutrino with 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 WMAP results.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 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 K? 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 = 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 K? 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 K? 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 ?m source in local AGNs.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Anisotropic pitch angle distribution of ~100 keV microburst electrons in the loss cone: measurements from STSAT-1

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    Lee, J. J.; Parks, G. K.; Lee, E.; Tsurutani, B. T.; Hwang, J.; Cho, K. S.; Kim, K.-H.; Park, Y. D.; Min, K. W.; McCarthy, M. P.

    2012-11-01

    Electron microburst energy spectra in the range of 170 keV to 360 keV have been measured using two solid-state detectors onboard the low-altitude (680 km), polar-orbiting Korean STSAT-1 (Science and Technology SATellite-1). Applying a unique capability of the spacecraft attitude control system, microburst energy spectra have been accurately resolved into two components: perpendicular to and parallel to the geomagnetic field direction. The former measures trapped electrons and the latter those electrons with pitch angles in the loss cone and precipitating into atmosphere. It is found that the perpendicular component energy spectra are harder than the parallel component and the loss cone is not completely filled by the electrons in the energy range of 170 keV to 360 keV. These results have been modeled assuming a wave-particle cyclotron resonance mechanism, where higher energy electrons travelling within a magnetic flux tube interact with whistler mode waves at higher latitudes (lower altitudes). Our results suggest that because higher energy (relativistic) microbursts do not fill the loss cone completely, only a small portion of electrons is able to reach low altitude (~100 km) atmosphere. Thus assuming that low energy microbursts and relativistic microbursts are created by cyclotron resonance with chorus elements (but at different locations), the low energy portion of the microburst spectrum will dominate at low altitudes. This explains why relativistic microbursts have not been observed by balloon experiments, which typically float at altitudes of ~30 km and measure only X-ray flux produced by collisions between neutral atmospheric particles and precipitating electrons.

  6. Development of a modular CdTe detector plane for gamma-ray burst detection below 100 keV

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    Ehanno, M.; Amoros, C.; Barret, D.; Lacombe, K.; Pons, R.; Rouaix, G.; Gevin, O.; Limousin, O.; Lugiez, F.; Bardoux, A.; Penquer, A.

    We report on the development of an innovative CdTe detector plane (DPIX) optimized for the detection and localization 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 (4 × 4 mm 2, 1 mm thickness) produced by ACRORAD Co., Ltd. in Japan. These detectors offer good energy response up to 100 keV. 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 describe the design of XRDPIX, 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 2.7 keV has been measured. This is to be compared with the 12-15 keV threshold of the ISGRI-INTEGRAL and BAT-SWIFT instruments, which both use similar bulk detector material.

  7. First limits on the 3-200 keV X-ray spectrum of the quiet Sun using RHESSI

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    Iain G. Hannah; G. J Hurford; H. S. Hudson; R. P. Lin; K. van Bibber

    2007-02-27

    We present the first results using the Reuven Ramaty High-Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager, RHESSI, to observe solar X-ray emission not associated with active regions, sunspots or flares (the quiet Sun). Using a newly developed chopping technique (fan-beam modulation) during seven periods of offpointing between June 2005 to October 2006, we obtained upper limits over 3-200 keV for the quietest times when the GOES12 1-8A flux fell below $10^{-8}$ Wm$^{-2}$. These values are smaller than previous limits in the 17-120 keV range and extend them to both lower and higher energies. The limit in 3-6 keV is consistent with a coronal temperature $\\leq 6$ MK. For quiet Sun periods when the GOES12 1-8A background flux was between $10^{-8}$ Wm$^{-2}$ and $10^{-7}$ Wm$^{-2}$, the RHESSI 3-6 keV flux correlates to this as a power-law, with an index of $1.08 \\pm 0.13$. The power-law correlation for microflares has a steeper index of $1.29 \\pm 0.06$. We also discuss the possibility of observing quiet Sun X-rays due to solar axions and use the RHESSI quiet Sun limits to estimate the axion-to-photon coupling constant for two different axion emission scenarios.

  8. Origin of energetic electron precipitation >30 keV into the atmosphere

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    Lam, Mai Mai; Horne, Richard B.; Meredith, Nigel P.; Glauert, Sarah A.; Moffat-Griffin, Tracy; Green, Janet C.

    2010-04-01

    Energetic electrons are deposited into the atmosphere from Earth's inner magnetosphere, resulting in the production of odd nitrogen (NOx). During polar night, NOx can be transported to low altitudes, where it can destroy ozone, affecting the atmospheric radiation balance. Since the flux of energetic electrons trapped in the magnetosphere is related to solar activity, the precipitation of these electrons into Earth's atmosphere provides a link between solar variability and changes in atmospheric chemistry which may affect Earth's climate. To determine the global distribution of the precipitating flux, we have built a statistical model binned by auroral electrojet (AE) index, magnetic local time (MLT), and L shell of E > 30 keV precipitating electrons from the Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector (MEPED) on board the NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES) low-altitude satellites NOAA-15, NOAA-16, NOAA-17, and NOAA-18. We show that the precipitating flux increases with geomagnetic activity, suggesting that the flux is related to substorm activity. The precipitating fluxes maximize during active conditions where they are primarily seen outside of the plasmapause on the dawnside. The global distribution of the precipitating flux of E > 30 keV electrons is well-correlated with the global distribution of lower-band chorus waves as observed by the plasma wave experiment onboard the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) satellite. In addition, the electron precipitation occurs where the pitch angle diffusion coefficient due to resonant interaction between electrons and whistler mode chorus waves is high, as calculated using the pitch angle and energy diffusion of ions and electrons (PADIE) code. Our results suggest that lower-band chorus is very important for scattering >30 keV electrons from Earth's inner magnetosphere into the atmosphere.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Fragmentation of singly charged adenine induced by neutral fluorine beam impact at 3 keV.

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    Chen, L; Brédy, R; Bernard, J; Montagne, G; Allouche, A R; Martin, S

    2011-09-21

    The fragmentation scheme of singly charged adenine molecule (H(5)C(5)N(5)(+)) has been studied via neutral fluorine impact at 3 keV. By analyzing in correlation the kinetic energy loss of the scattered projectile F(-) produced in single charge transfer process and the mass of the charged fragments, the excitation energy distribution of the parent adenine molecular ions has been determined for each of the main dissociation channels. Several fragmentation pathways unrevealed in standard mass spectra or in appearance energy measurements are investigated. Regarding the well-known hydrogen cyanide (HCN) loss sequence, we demonstrate that although the loss of a HCN is the dominant decay channel for the parent H(5)C(5)N(5)(+) (m = 135), the decay of the first daughter ion H(4)C(4)N(4)(+) (m = 108) involves not only the HNC (m = 27) loss but also the symmetric breakdown into two dimers of HCN. PMID:21950864

  13. Fragmentation of singly charged adenine induced by neutral fluorine beam impact at 3 keV

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    Chen, L.; Brédy, R.; Bernard, J.; Montagne, G.; Allouche, A. R.; Martin, S.

    2011-09-01

    The fragmentation scheme of singly charged adenine molecule (H5C5N5+) has been studied via neutral fluorine impact at 3 keV. By analyzing in correlation the kinetic energy loss of the scattered projectile F- produced in single charge transfer process and the mass of the charged fragments, the excitation energy distribution of the parent adenine molecular ions has been determined for each of the main dissociation channels. Several fragmentation pathways unrevealed in standard mass spectra or in appearance energy measurements are investigated. Regarding the well-known hydrogen cyanide (HCN) loss sequence, we demonstrate that although the loss of a HCN is the dominant decay channel for the parent H5C5N5+ (m = 135), the decay of the first daughter ion H4C4N4+ (m = 108) involves not only the HNC (m = 27) loss but also the symmetric breakdown into two dimers of HCN.

  14. Test of 4-body Theory via Polarized p-T Capture Below 80 keV

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    Canon, R. S.; Gaff, S. J.; Kelley, J. H.; Schreiber, E. C.; Weller, H. R.; Wulf, E. A.; Prior, R. M.; Spraker, M.; Tilley, D. R.

    1998-10-01

    Our previous study of polarized p-d capture at energies below 80 keV revealed the major role played by MEC effects and provided a clean testing ground for state-of-the-art 3-body theory (the ``Ay puzzle'' remains)(G. Schmid et al); PRL 76, 3088(1996); PRC 56, 2565(1997). Four-body theory is on the threshold(A. Fonseca,W. Glöckle,A. Kievsky,H. Witala;Private communication) of being able to make similar ab-initio predictions. The p-T capture reaction is expected to exhibit strong MEC effects at very low energies for reasons similar to those in p-d capture. Preliminary results indicate finite values of A_y(90^circ) in the 50-80 keV region. These results will be discussed with respect to their implications on the M1 strength present in this reaction. Plans for future measurements and analysis will also be described.

  15. 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 ? ? 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.

  16. 3.55 keV photon lines from axion to photon conversion in the Milky Way and M31

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    Joseph P. Conlon; Francesca V. Day

    2014-11-24

    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 ALP to photon 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Decaying Vector Dark Matter as an Explanation for the 3.5 keV Line from Galaxy Clusters

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    Yasaman Farzan; Amin Rezaei Akbarieh

    2014-11-21

    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 $V^\\prime$, which couple to the photon through an effective generalized Chern-Simons coupling, $g_V$. $V^\\prime$ is slightly heavier than $V$ with a mass splitting $m_{V^\\prime}-m_V\\simeq 3.5$~keV. The decay of $V^\\prime$ to $V$ and a photon gives rise to the 3.5~keV line. The production of $V$ and $V^\\prime$ takes place in the early universe within the freeze-in framework through the effective $g_V$ coupling when $m_{V^\\prime}energy model that gives rise to the $g_V$ coupling at low energies. To do this, $V$ and $V^\\prime$ are promoted to gauge bosons of spontaneously broken new $U(1)_V$ and $U(1)_{V^\\prime}$ gauge symmetries, respectively. The high energy sector includes milli-charged chiral fermions that lead to the $g_V$ coupling at low energy via triangle diagrams.

  19. 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 < ?, ? 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Radiation Damage From Mono-energetic Electrons Up to 200 keV On Biological Systems

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    Prilepskiy, Yuriy

    2006-03-01

    The electron gun of the CEBAF machine at Jefferson lab (Newport News, VA) is capable of delivering electrons with energies up to 200 keV with a resolution of about 10-5. This 1.5 GHz beam permits to generate cellular radiation damage within minutes. We have performed irradiation of cancer cells with different energies and different currents to investigate their biological responses. This 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 by orders of magnitude. We will discuss the experimental setup and results of the first stage of data collected with this novel system. This research is part of a global program to provide detailed information for the understanding of radiation based cancer treatments.

  4. Strengths of the resonances at 436, 479, 639, 661, and 1279 keV in the 22Ne(p ,? ) 23Na reaction

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    Depalo, Rosanna; Cavanna, Francesca; Ferraro, Federico; Slemer, Alessandra; Al-Abdullah, Tariq; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Anders, Michael; Bemmerer, Daniel; Elekes, Zoltán; Mattei, Giovanni; Reinicke, Stefan; Schmidt, Konrad; Scian, Carlo; Wagner, Louis

    2015-10-01

    The 22Ne(p ,? )23Na reaction is included in the neon-sodium cycle of hydrogen burning. A number of narrow resonances in the Gamow window dominate the thermonuclear reaction rate. Several resonance strengths are only poorly known. As a result, the 22Ne(p ,? )23Na thermonuclear reaction rate is the most uncertain rate of the cycle. Here, a new experimental study of the strengths of the resonances at 436, 479, 639, 661, and 1279 keV proton beam energy is reported. The data have been obtained using a tantalum target implanted with 22Ne. The strengths ? ? of the resonances at 436, 639, and 661 keV have been determined with a relative approach, using the 479- and 1279-keV resonances for normalization. Subsequently, the ratio of resonance strengths of the 479- and 1279-keV resonances were determined, improving the precision of these two standards. The new data are consistent with, but more precise than, the literature with the exception of the resonance at 661 keV, which is found to be less intense by one order of magnitude. In addition, improved branching ratios have been determined for the gamma decay of the resonances at 436, 479, and 639 keV.

  5. Strengths of the resonances at 436, 479, 639, 661, and 1279 keV in the $^{22}$Ne(p,$?$)$^{23}$Na reaction

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    Rosanna Depalo; Francesca Cavanna; Federico Ferraro; Alessandra Slemer; Tariq Al-Abdullah; Shavkat Akhmadaliev; Michael Anders; Daniel Bemmerer; Zoltán Elekes; Giovanni Mattei; Stefan Reinicke; Konrad Schmidt; Carlo Scian; Louis Wagner

    2015-10-21

    The $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na reaction is included in the neon-sodium cycle of hydrogen burning. A number of narrow resonances in the Gamow window dominates the thermonuclear reaction rate. Several resonance strengths are only poorly known. As a result, the $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na thermonuclear reaction rate is the most uncertain rate of the cycle. Here, a new experimental study of the strengths of the resonances at 436, 479, 639, 661, and 1279 keV proton beam energy is reported. The data have been obtained using a tantalum target implanted with $^{22}$Ne. The strengths $\\omega\\gamma$ of the resonances at 436, 639, and 661 keV have been determined with a relative approach, using the 479 and 1279 keV resonances for normalization. Subsequently, the ratio of resonance strengths of the 479 and 1279 keV resonances was determined, improving the precision of these two standards. The new data are consistent with, but more precise than, the literature with the exception of the resonance at 661 keV, which is found to be less intense by one order of magnitude. In addition, improved branching ratios have been determined for the gamma decay of the resonances at 436, 479, and 639 keV.

  6. Uranium Enrichment Measurements without Calibration Using Gamma Rays Above 100 keV

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    Ruhter, W D; Wang, T F; Hayden, C

    2001-09-27

    The verification of UF{sub 6} shipping cylinders is an important activity in routine safeguards inspections. Current measurement methods using either sodium-iodide or high-purity germanium detectors require calibrations that are not always appropriate for field measurements, because of changes in geometry or container wall thickness. The introduction of the MGAU code demonstrated the usefulness of intrinsically calibrated measurements for inspections. MGAU uses the 100-keV region of the uranium gamma-ray spectrum. The thick walls of UF{sub 6} shipping cylinders and the low-energy analysis preclude the routine use of MGAU for these measurements. We have developed a uranium enrichment measurement method for measurements using high-purity germanium detectors, which do not require calibration, and uranium gamma rays above 100 keV. The method uses seven gamma rays from {sup 235}U and {sup 238}U to determine their relative detection efficiency intrinsically and with an additional gamma ray from {sup 234}U, the relative abundance of these three uranium isotopes. The method uses a function that describes the basic physical processes that predominantly determine the relative detection efficiency curve. These are the detector efficiency, the absorption by the cylinder wall, and the self-absorption by the uranium contents. We will describe this model and initial testing on various uranium materials and detector types.

  7. Neutron activation of natural zinc samples at kT=25 keV

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    Reifarth, R.; Dababneh, S.; Heil, M.; Käppeler, F.; Plag, R.; Sonnabend, K.; Uberseder, E.

    2012-03-01

    The neutron-capture cross sections of 64Zn, 68Zn, and 70Zn have been measured with the activation technique in a quasistellar neutron spectrum corresponding to a thermal energy of kT=25 keV. By a series of repeated irradiations with different experimental conditions, an uncertainty of 3% could be achieved for the 64Zn(n,?)65Zn cross section and for the partial cross section 68Zn(n,?)69Znm feeding the isomeric state in 69Zn. For the partial cross sections 70Zn(n,?)71Znm and 70Zn(n,?)71Zng, which had not been measured so far, uncertainties of only 16% and 6% could be reached because of limited counting statistics and decay intensities. Compared to previous measurements on 64,68Zn, the uncertainties could be significantly improved, while the 70Zn cross section was found to be two times smaller than existing model calculations. From these results Maxwellian average cross sections were determined between 5 and 100 keV. Additionally, the ?-decay half-life of 71Znm could be determined with significantly improved accuracy. The consequences of these data have been studied by network calculations for convective core He burning and convective shell C burning in massive stars.

  8. Hydrogen-Atom Excitation and Ionization by Proton Impact in 50-Kev to 200-Kev Energy Region 

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    Fitchard, E.; Ford, A. Lewis; Reading, John F.

    1977-01-01

    computed by a partial-wave version of the exact (for hydrogen) technique of Merzbacher and Lewis. ' The agreement was excellent (-2% difference). Our ionization cross section results are given in Fig. 3. Our theoretical curve was determined.... Bransden, J. Phys. B Proc. Phys. Soc. Lond. 5, 2061 (1972). ~E. Merzbacher and H. W, Lewis, in Handbuch der Physik, edited by S. Flugge (Springer, Berlin, 1958), Vol. 24, p. 166ff. W. L. Fite, R. F. Stebbings, D. G. Hummer, and: R. T. Brackmann, Phys...

  9. Magnetospheric plasma modeling (0-100 keV)

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    Garrett, H. B.; Spitale, G. C.

    1985-01-01

    Spacecraft surface charging, which is primarily a current balance phenomenon, is in general a function of the dominant currents to and from the vehicle's surface. Within the near-earth magnetosphere the dominant currents to the surface are the ambient space plasma fluxes between approximately 0 and 100 keV. A major effort to understand the near-earth environment was initiated when spacecraft charging became a major issue. The present paper has the objective to summarize the basic features of the models which have resulted from this effort. A description is given of four categories of models, based primarily on the degree of empirical and theoretical input. Types of quantitative models are discussed, taking into account definitions, statistical models, analytic models, static models, and time-dependent models. Engineering models are also considered, giving attention to baseline models and 'worst-case' models.

  10. 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 ?m, 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 ?m 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Deep XMM Observations of Draco rule out a dark matter decay origin for the 3.5 keV line

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    Jeltema, Tesla E

    2015-01-01

    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. The data in this energy range are completely consistent with a simple power law X-ray background, dominated by particle background, 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..

  13. Deep XMM Observations of Draco rule out a dark matter decay origin for the 3.5 keV line

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    Tesla E. Jeltema; Stefano Profumo

    2015-12-03

    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. The data in this energy range are completely consistent with a simple power law X-ray background, dominated by particle background, 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..

  14. Contrasting physics in wire array z pinch sources of 1-20 keV emission on the Z facilitya)

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    Ampleford, D. J.; Jones, B.; Jennings, C. A.; Hansen, S. B.; Cuneo, M. E.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rochau, G. A.; Coverdale, C. A.; Laspe, A. R.; Flanagan, T. M.; Moore, N. W.; Sinars, D. B.; Lamppa, D. C.; Harding, E. C.; Thornhill, J. W.; Giuliani, J. L.; Chong, Y.-K.; Apruzese, J. P.; Velikovich, A. L.; Dasgupta, A.; Ouart, N.; Sygar, W. A.; Savage, M. E.; Moore, J. K.; Focia, R.; Wagoner, T. C.; Killebrew, K. L.; Edens, A. D.; Dunham, G. S.; Jones, M. C.; Lake, P. W.; Nielsen, D. S.; Wu, M.; Carlson, A. L.; Kernahan, M. D.; Ball, C. R.; Scharberg, R. D.; Mulville, T. D.; Breden, E. W.; Speas, C. S.; Olivas, G.; Sullivan, M. A.; York, A. J.; Justus, D. W.; Cisneros, J. C.; Strizic, T.; Reneker, J.; Cleveland, M.; Vigil, M. P.; Robertson, G.; Sandoval, D.; Cox, C.; Maurer, A. J.; Graham, D. A.; Huynh, N. B.; Toledo, S.; Molina, L. P.; Lopez, M. R.; Long, F. W.; McKee, G. R.; Porter, J. L.; Herrmann, M. C.

    2014-05-01

    Imploding wire arrays on the 20 MA Z generator have recently provided some of the most powerful and energetic laboratory sources of multi-keV photons, including ˜375 kJ of Al K-shell emission (h? ˜ 1-2 keV), ˜80 kJ of stainless steel K-shell emission (h? ˜ 5-9 keV) and a kJ-level of Mo K-shell emission (h? ˜ 17 keV). While the global implosion dynamics of these different wire arrays are very similar, the physical process that dominates the emission from these x-ray sources fall into three broad categories. Al wire arrays produce a column of plasma with densities up to ˜3 × 1021 ions/cm3, where opacity inhibits the escape of K-shell photons. Significant structure from instabilities can reduce the density and increase the surface area, therefore increase the K-shell emission. In contrast, stainless steel wire arrays operate in a regime where achieving a high pinch temperature (achieved by thermalizing a high implosion kinetic energy) is critical and, while opacity is present, it has less impact on the pinch emissivity. At higher photon energies, line emission associated with inner shell ionization due to energetic electrons becomes important.

  15. Contrasting physics in wire array z pinch sources of 1-20?keV emission on the Z facility

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    Ampleford, D. J. Jones, B.; Jennings, C. A.; Hansen, S. B.; Cuneo, M. E.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rochau, G. A.; Coverdale, C. A.; Laspe, A. R.; Flanagan, T. M.; Moore, N. W.; Sinars, D. B.; Lamppa, D. C.; Harding, E. C.; Sygar, W. A.; Savage, M. E.; Moore, J. K.; Focia, R.; Wagoner, T. C.; Killebrew, K. L.; and others

    2014-05-15

    Imploding wire arrays on the 20 MA Z generator have recently provided some of the most powerful and energetic laboratory sources of multi-keV photons, including ?375?kJ of Al K-shell emission (h????1–2?keV), ?80?kJ of stainless steel K-shell emission (h????5–9?keV) and a kJ-level of Mo K-shell emission (h????17?keV). While the global implosion dynamics of these different wire arrays are very similar, the physical process that dominates the emission from these x-ray sources fall into three broad categories. Al wire arrays produce a column of plasma with densities up to ?3?×?10{sup 21} ions/cm{sup 3}, where opacity inhibits the escape of K-shell photons. Significant structure from instabilities can reduce the density and increase the surface area, therefore increase the K-shell emission. In contrast, stainless steel wire arrays operate in a regime where achieving a high pinch temperature (achieved by thermalizing a high implosion kinetic energy) is critical and, while opacity is present, it has less impact on the pinch emissivity. At higher photon energies, line emission associated with inner shell ionization due to energetic electrons becomes important.

  16. 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.

  17. Proton-carbon monoxide collisions from 10 keV to 14 MeV

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    Wells, E.; Krishnamurthi, Vidhya; Carnes, K.D.; Moore, David; Bloom, Kristana M.; Barnes, B.M.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Johnson, Nora G.; Baxter, Heather D.; Tawara, H.

    2005-08-15

    We have measured relative cross sections and fragmentation branching ratios for proton-carbon monoxide collisions over a wide velocity range from 0.63 to 23.7 a.u. (i.e., E{sub p} of 10 keV to 14 MeV) using a coincidence time-of-flight technique. For low projectile velocity, where electron capture by the projectile becomes important, this process is separated from ionization by projectile charge-state analysis. Our measurements of CO{sup 2+} production resolve differences between previous measurements, but our multiple-ionization cross-section measurements differ significantly from recent measurements by Siegmann et al. [Phys. Rev. A 66, 052701 (2002)]. The observed kinetic-energy release from dissociating channels varies slowly as the incident proton velocity changes, and in general is not compatible with a simple Coulomb explosion picture.

  18. Preliminary resolved resonance region evaluation of copper-63 from 0 to 300 keV

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    Sobes, V.; Forget, B.; Leal, L.; Guber, K.

    2012-07-01

    A new preliminary evaluation of Cu-63 was done in the energy region from 0 to 300 keV extending the resolved resonance region of the previous, ENDF/B-VII.0, evaluation three-fold. The new evaluation was based on three experimental transmission data sets; two measured at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) and one from the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology Nuclear Reactor (MITR). A total of 275 new resonances were identified and a corresponding set of external resonances was approximated to mock up the external levels. The negative external levels (bound level) were modified to match the thermal cross section values. A preliminary benchmarking calculation was made using 11 ICSBEP benchmarks. This work is in support of the DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program. (authors)

  19. 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

  20. A 75-keV, 145-mA proton injector

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    Figueroa, T. L.; Hansborough, L. D.; Kerstiens, D. M.; Schneider, J. D.; Smith, H. V.; Stettler, M. W.; Thuot, M. E.; Warren, D. S.; Zaugg, T. J.; Arvin, A. A.; Bolt, A. S.; Sherman, Joseph D.

    2001-01-01

    A dc and pulsed-mode 75-keV proton injector has been developed and is used in characterization of a continuous-wave (cw) 6.7-MeV, 100-mA radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ). The injector is used frequently at the full RFQ design power (100-mA, 6.7-MeV) where the RFQ admittance (1rms, normalized) is 0.23 ({pi}mm-mrad). The injector includes a 2.45-GHz microwave proton source and a beam space-charge-neutralized, two magnetic-solenoid, low-energy beam-transport system (LEBT). The design RFQ beam transmission of 95% has been demonstrated at 100-mA RFQ output current.

  1. Measurements of total atomic attenuation cross sections of Tm, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os Elements at 122keV and 136keV

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    Kaya, N.; Tirasoglu, E.; Apaydin, G.; Kobya, A. I.

    2007-04-23

    The aim of this study was to measure the total atomic attenuation cross sections ({sigma}t) in eighth elements (69{<=}Z{<=}76) at 122 keV and 136 keV. The experimental values of the cross sections were determined using the transmission geometry. Measurements have been performed using an annular source (Co-57) and Ultra-LEGe solid state detector with a resolution of 150 eV at 5.9 keV. Experimental results have been compared with theoretically calculated values and other available experimental results. Good agreement was observed among the experimental, theoretical and other experimental values.

  2. Structural defects and positronium formation in 40 keV B(+)-implanted polymethylmethacrylate.

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    Kavetskyy, Taras; Tsmots, Volodymyr; Kinomura, Atsushi; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Mohamed, Hamdy F M; Šauša, Ondrej; Nuzhdin, Vladimir; Valeev, Valery; Stepanov, Andrey L

    2014-04-17

    Slow positron beam and optical absorption measurements are carried out to study structural defects and positronium formation in 40 keV B(+)-implanted polymethylmethacrylate (B:PMMA) with ion doses from 6.25 × 10(14) to 5.0 × 10(16) ions/cm(2). Detailed depth-selective information on defects in implanted samples was obtained by measuring of Doppler broadening of positron annihilation ? rays as a function of incident positron energy and these experimental results were compared with SRIM (stopping and range of ions in matter) simulation results. Two general processes, appearance of free radicals at lower ion doses (<10(16) ions/cm(2)) and carbonization at higher ion doses (>10(16) ions/cm(2)), are considered from the Doppler S-E and W-E dependences in the framework of the concept of defects formation during radiation damage of polymer structure. Probabilities of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) formation are analyzed using S-W plot and slow positron annihilation lifetime measurements. Dose dependence of o-Ps lifetime ?3 and intensity I3 at the incident positron energy of 2.15 keV correlates well with the dose dependence of S-parameter and seems to account for the existence of the expected two processes, i.e., scission of polymer chains and appearance of free radicals preceding the aggregation of the clusters resulting in the formation of network of conjugated bonds at lower ion doses and carbonization at higher ion doses. The increase of optical absorption observed with increasing ion implantation dose also suggests a formation of carbonaceous phase in the ion-irradiated PMMA. PMID:24467662

  3. Primordial nucleosynthesis during the keV era

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    Dimopoulos, S.; Esmailzadeh, R.; Hall, L.J.; Starkman, G.D.

    1987-09-09

    Energetic hadronic and electromagnetic showers in the keV era of the hot big bang are produced by the decays of long lived particles. These showers initiate a new phase of nucleosynthesis. The abundance ratios of D, /sup 3/He, /sup 6/Li and /sup 7/Li are given by fixed points of rate equations, which are determined by nuclear physics not by the nature of the decaying particle. The fixed points are independent of prior abundances, so that constraints from the MeV era of nucleosynthesis evaporate, except for a requirement that /sup 4/He not be underproduced. For example, ..cap omega../sub B/ = 1 and many more than four neutrino species are both possible. Within the accuracy of our calculation (there are uncertainties of at least a factor of three), the abundances agree with those inferred from observations. Considerable /sup 6/Li is produced and must be depleted in both population II halo stars and in the galactic disk. We predict /sup 6/Li, /sup 3/He and D abundances in primordial material which are higher than conventional nucleosynthesis. 8 refs.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Centaurus A /NGC 5128/ at 2 keV-2.3 MeV - HEAO 1 observations and implications

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    Baity, W. A.; Rothschild, R. E.; Lingenfelter, R. E.; Stein, W. A.; Nolan, P. L.; Gruber, D. E.; Knight, F. K.; Matteson, J. L.; Peterson, L. E.; Mushotzky, R. F.

    1981-01-01

    The active-nucleus galaxy Centaurus A has been studied at 2 keV-2.3 MeV using data from the UCSD/MIT hard X-ray and low-energy gamma-ray instrument and the GSFC/CIT cosmic X-ray experiment on HEAO-1. It is found that an E exp -1.60 + or - 0.03 power law spectrum breaking to E exp -2.0 + or - 0.2 at 140 keV best describes the January and July 1978 data. The average intensity was 50% higher during the January observations. Upper limits to unresolved lines at 511 keV and 1.6 MeV were found to be 6.5 x 10 to the -4th photons/sq cm-s and 2.2 x 10 to the -4th photons/sq cm-s, respectively, at the 90% confidence level. The present data are consistent with the detailed calculations of the synchrotron self-Compton mechanism; they may also agree, marginally, with the predictions of emission from spherical accretion onto black holes.

  9. Dark matter searches going bananas: the contribution of Potassium (and Chlorine) to the 3.5 keV line

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    Jeltema, Tesla E

    2014-01-01

    We examine the claimed excess X-ray line emission near 3.5 keV with a new analysis of XMM-Newton observations of the Milky Way center and with a re-analysis of the data on M31 and clusters. In no case do we find conclusive evidence for an excess. 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 from the Galactic center. We assess the expected flux for 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. We then re-evaluate the evidence for excess emission from clusters of galaxies, including a previously unaccounted for Cl XVII line at 3.51 keV, and allowing for systematic uncertainty in the expected flux from known plasma lines and for additional uncertainty due to potential variation in the abundances of different elements. We find that no conclusive excess line emission is present within the s...

  10. REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 82, 123701 (2011) A 24 keV liquid-metal-jet x-ray source for biomedical applications

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    2011-01-01

    REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 82, 123701 (2011) A 24 keV liquid-metal-jet x-ray source-beam power. The high photon energy compared to existing liquid- metal-jet sources increases the penetration. © 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3664870] I. INTRODUCTION Liquid-metal-jet anodes1

  11. 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.

  12. A Study of Active Shielding Optimized for 1-80 keV Wide-Band X-ray Detector in Space

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    Furuta, Yoshihiro; Hiraga, Junko S; Sasano, Makoto; Murakami, Hiroaki; Nakazawa, Kazuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Active shielding is an effective technique to reduce background signals in hard X-ray detectors and to enable observing darker sources with high sensitivity in space. Usually the main detector is covered with some shield detectors made of scintillator crystals such as BGO (Bi$_4$Ge$_3$O$_{12}$), and the background signals are filtered out using anti-coincidence among them. Japanese X-ray observing satellites "Suzaku" and "ASTRO-H" employed this technique in their hard X-ray instruments observing at > 10 keV. In the next generation X-ray satellites, such as the NGHXT proposal, a single hybrid detector is expected to cover both soft (1-10 keV) and hard (> 10 keV) X-rays for effectiveness. However, present active shielding is not optimized for the soft X-ray band, 1-10 keV. For example, Bi and Ge, which are contained in BGO, have their fluorescence emission lines around 10 keV. These lines appear in the background spectra obtained by ASTRO-H Hard X-ray Imager, which are non-negligible in its observation energy b...

  13. Comment on the paper "Dark matter searches going bananas: the contribution of Potassium (and Chlorine) to the 3.5 keV line" by T. Jeltema and S. Profumo

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    Boyarsky, A; Iakubovskyi, D; Ruchayskiy, O

    2014-01-01

    We revisit the X-ray spectrum of the central 14' of the Andromeda galaxy, discussed in our previous work [1402.4119]. Recently in [1408.1699] it was claimed that if one limits the analysis of the data to the interval 3-4 keV, the significance of the detection of the line at 3.53 keV drops below 2 sigma. In this note we show that such a restriction is not justified, as the continuum is well-modeled as a power law up to 8 keV, and parameters of the background model are well constrained over this larger interval of energies. This allows for a detection of the line at 3.53 keV with a statistical significance greater than ~3 sigma and for the identification of several known atomic lines in the energy range 3-4 keV. Limiting the analysis to the 3-4 keV interval results in increased uncertainty, thus decreasing the significance of the detection. We also argue that, with the M31 data included, a consistent interpretation of the 3.53 keV line as an atomic line of K XVIII in all studied objects is problematic.

  14. Comment on the paper "Dark matter searches going bananas: the contribution of Potassium (and Chlorine) to the 3.5 keV line" by T. Jeltema and S. Profumo

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    A. Boyarsky; J. Franse; D. Iakubovskyi; O. Ruchayskiy

    2014-08-19

    We revisit the X-ray spectrum of the central 14' of the Andromeda galaxy, discussed in our previous work [1402.4119]. Recently in [1408.1699] it was claimed that if one limits the analysis of the data to the interval 3-4 keV, the significance of the detection of the line at 3.53 keV drops below 2 sigma. In this note we show that such a restriction is not justified, as the continuum is well-modeled as a power law up to 8 keV, and parameters of the background model are well constrained over this larger interval of energies. This allows for a detection of the line at 3.53 keV with a statistical significance greater than ~3 sigma and for the identification of several known atomic lines in the energy range 3-4 keV. Limiting the analysis to the 3-4 keV interval results in increased uncertainty, thus decreasing the significance of the detection. We also argue that, with the M31 data included, a consistent interpretation of the 3.53 keV line as an atomic line of K XVIII in all studied objects is problematic.

  15. 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.

  16. Polar and azimuthal angular dependence of coherent to incoherent scattering differential cross-section ratios of Au at 59.54 keV

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    Akku?, Tuba; Pirimo?lu Dal, Mev?en; ?ahin, 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. High-accuracy x-ray line standards in the 3-keV region

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    Schlesser, S.; Boucard, S.; Covita, D. S.; dos Santos, J. M. F.; Fuhrmann, H.; Gotta, D.; Gruber, A.; Hennebach, M.; Hirtl, A.; Indelicato, P.; Le Bigot, E.-O.; Simons, L. M.; Stingelin, L.; Trassinelli, M.; Veloso, J. F. C. A.; Wasser, A.; Zmeskal, J.

    2013-08-01

    A set of 14 high-accuracy x-ray transition energies in the 2.4-3.1 keV range is presented, which can be used as x-ray standards. They were measured in two- to four-electron sulfur, chlorine, and argon ions produced in an electron-cyclotron resonance ion source, using a single spherically bent crystal spectrometer. The results include the first measurement of six transitions and improve the accuracy of six other experimental values. These measurements considerably extend the set of high-accuracy x-ray energies reported for highly charged ions. Their relative uncertainties range from 1 to 10 ppm. Theory only reaches such a precision in one- and two-electron ions. Our results thus have two distinct applications. On the one hand, they test predictions in two-electron ions [Artemyev, Shabaev, Yerokhin, Plunien, and Soff, Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.71.062104 71, 062104 (2005)], at the precision level of some two-photon QED contributions. We observe an agreement with theory for most of the transitions. On the other hand, the three- and four-electron ion transitions provide new benchmark energies for the calculation of missing theoretical contributions, such as Auger shifts or electronic correlations. Spectra were analyzed with an x-ray tracing simulation that contains all the relevant physics of the spectrometer.

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

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

    2014-11-01

    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 ?m in diameter pores, ˜12 ?m 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.

  1. 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 ?m in diameter pores, ?12 ?m 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.

  2. Design and fabrication of a Transverse Field Focussing (TFF) 180 keV negative ion accelerator

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    Matuk, C.A.; Anderson, O.A.; Owren, H.M.; Paterson, J.A.; Purgalis, P.

    1985-11-01

    The 180 keV Transverse Field Focussing (TFF) negative ion accelerator described is the final component of a negative ion based neutral beam acceleration system which is being developed as proof-of-principle demonstration of a radiation hardened neutral beamline. The 180 keV beamline consists of: a surface conversion negative ion source, a 80 keV pre-accelerator, a TFF pumping, matching, and transport section, and the 180 keV TFF accelerator presented. This beamline is expected to provide 1 A of H/sup -/ at 180 keV. In the design of the accelerator, particular importance was given to the rigidity of the accelerator electrode mounting structures and to the electrical isolation of the electrodes along with their related cooling lines. An optical alignment scheme was developed to assemble and to insure precision alignment of the electrodes. (LEW)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Reply to Two Comments on "Dark matter searches going bananas the contribution of Potassium (and Chlorine) to the 3.5 keV line"

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    Tesla Jeltema; Stefano Profumo

    2014-11-06

    We respond to two comments on our recent paper, Jeltema & Profumo (2014). The first comment by Boyarsky et al. confirms the absence of a line from M31 in the 3-4 keV energy range, but criticizes the energy range for spectral fitting on the basis that (i) the background model adopted between 3-4 keV is invalid outside that range and that (ii) extending the energy range multiple features appear, including a 3.5 keV line. Point (i) is manifestly irrelevant (the 3-4 keV background model was not meant to extend outside that range), while closer inspection of point (ii) shows that the detected features are inconsistent and likely unphysical. We demonstrate that the existence of an excess near 3.5 keV in the M31 data requires fitting a broad enough energy range such that the background modeling near 3.5 keV is poor to a level that multiple spurious residual features become significant. Bulbul et al. criticize our use of WebGuide instead of the full AtomDB package. While a technically correct remark, this is only a red herring: our predictions are based on line ratios, and not on absolute emissivities; line ratios, for atomic transitions with similar peak temperatures, are largely temperature-independent, thus the line ratios we employed to draw our conclusions are substantially correct. Bulbul et al. also present a new analysis of their data at lower energy, which excludes a significant Cl contamination to the 3.5 keV line. Cl emission was however predicted to be subdominant in our original study. Both of the Bulbul et al.'s criticisms are thus inconsequential to the conclusions of our original study. Finally, we demonstrate that the multi-temperature models employed in Bulbul et al. are, in fact, inconsistent, based on the Ca XX to Ca XIX line ratio: we show that the overestimated cluster plasma temperatures they employ lead to gross underestimates of the K XVIII line emissivity.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. M Sub-Shell Cross Sections For 75-300 keV Proton Impact On W, Pt And Pb

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    Cipolla, Sam J.

    2011-06-01

    M sub-shell x-ray production cross sections from 75-300 keV proton bombardment of thick elemental targets of W, Pt, and Pb were measured and compared with ECPSSR and relativistic RPWBA-BC cross sections using different data bases of fluorescence yields, Coster-Kronig factors, and x-ray transition rates. With a few exceptions, the differences between the various data base comparisons were not significant. For different sub-shells, either ECPSSR or RPWBA-BC compared better with the measurements. In all cases, agreement with theory improved as the collision energy increased.

  11. LUCIA - a new 1-7 keV {mu}-XAS Beamline

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    Janousch, M.; Schmidt, Th.; Wetter, R.; Grolimund, G.; Scheidegger, A.M.; Flank, A.-M.; Lagarde, P.; Cauchon, G.; Bac, S.; Dubuisson, J.M.

    2004-05-12

    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 x 1 {mu}m 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Phenomenological treatments of cross-sections for proton and hydrogen impact below 1 keV on molecular nitrogen

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    Porter, H. S.; Green, A. E. S.; Szydlik, P. P.

    1975-01-01

    An analytic independent-particle model is used to construct static potentials to describe the interaction of hydrogen-like ions with atoms and molecules. Parameters of the ion-atom potential are determined from ab initio total energy minimization procedure. The elastic scattering of He(+) from Ne and Ar is investigated as a test case and comparison is made with experiment. The model is then used in conjunction with low energy H(+)-N2 experimental data to construct differential and total cross-sections for the scattering of protons and hydrogen in the energy range of 10 eV to 1 keV from molecular nitrogen. Analytic forms are used to parametrize these cross-sections to facilitate their use in the calculation of energy deposition by protons and hydrogen atoms in atmospheric gases.

  15. Evidence for a 17 keV level in /sup 168/Tm

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    Tsai, J.; Prestwich, W.V.; Kennett, T.J.

    1986-11-01

    The spectrum of neutrons following the /sup 169/Tm(..gamma..,n)/sup 168/Tm reaction induced by 8999 keV neutron capture gamma rays has been investigated with a /sup 3/He spectrometer. The data obtained, when combined with a Q value of 8032.5 +- 2.3 keV quoted in the most recent atomic mass table, provide unambiguous evidence for the existence of a level at 17 keV. This level had not been clearly established in charged-particle reaction studies.

  16. 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

  17. Monte Carlo study of electron spectra and dose from backscattered radiation in the vicinity of media interfaces for monoenergetic photons of 50-1250 keV

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    Verhaegen, F.; Seuntjens, J.

    1995-09-01

    In the present paper electron fluence spectra and backscatter dose factors for monoenergetic photons (50, 100, 250 and 1250 keV) are presented. The influence of the atomic number of the backscatter materials glass, bone, steel and titanium is studied. For all radiations increases in dose were found in the immediate vicinity of the interface in a region extending over a distance determined by the photon energy. In a thin layer extending several tens of micrometers from the interface, a large increase in dose was found for 50 and 100 keV photons. The largest backscatter dose factor (3.5) was found for 50 keV photons and a steel interface. This large effect was found to be due largely to backscattered photoelectrons. K-shell fluorescent photons from titanium and steel were also included but were found to have almost no effect on backscatter dose factors or electron spectra. With both K-shell fluorescence and sampling of the photoelectron angular distribution switched off, much smaller backscatter factors were obtained. Beyond the thin region near the interface where the dose is increased, significant dose depressions were found for photons of these energies in a region extending several centimeters from the interface. The effect was maximum of 50 keV photons, for which dose depressions of about 35% for steel and titanium and 15% for glass and bone were obtained. For 250 and 1250 keV photons a more modest dose enhancement was found close to the interface (40-50%) but extending over a larger region (e.g. 5 mm for 1250 keV photons). Small differences in radiation quality nearer to the interface were found as expressed by track-averaged and dose-averaged restricted linear energy transfer, {rvec L}ET{sub 1000,T} and {rvec L}ET{sub 100,D}, with a maximum effect for the 100 keV photons. For this radiation quality a decrease of 50% in {rvec L}ET{sub 100,T} was found close to the interface. 29 refs., 4 figs.

  18. Monte Carlo study of electron spectra and dose from backscattered radiation in the vicinity of media interfaces for monoenergetic photons of 50-1250 keV.

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    Verhaegen, F; Seuntjens, J

    1995-09-01

    In the present paper electron fluence spectra and backscatter dose factors for monoenergetic photons (50, 100, 250 and 1250 keV) are presented. The influence of the atomic number of the backscatter materials glass, bone, steel and titanium is studied. For all radiations increases in dose were found in the immediate vicinity of the interface in a region extending over a distance determined by the photon energy. In a thin layer extending several tens of micrometers from the interface, a large increase in dose was found for 50 and 100 keV photons. The largest backscatter dose factor (3.5) was found for 50 keV photons and a steel interface. This large effect was found to be due largely to backscattered photoelectrons. K-shell fluorescent photons from titanium and steel were also included but were found to have almost no effect on backscatter dose factors or electron spectra. With both K-shell fluorescence and sampling of the photoelectron angular distribution switched off, much smaller backscatter factors were obtained. Beyond the thin region near the interface where the dose is increased, significant dose depressions were found for photons of these energies in a region extending several centimeters from the interface. The effect was maximum for 50 keV photons, for which dose depressions of about 35% for steel and titanium and 15% for glass and bone were obtained. For 250 and 1250 keV photons a more modest dose enhancement was found close to the interface (40-50%) but extending over a larger region (e.g. 5 mm for 1250 keV photons). Small differences in radiation quality nearer to the interface were found as expressed by track-averaged and dose-averaged restricted linear energy transfer, LET100,T and LET100,D, with a maximum effect for the 100 keV photons. For this radiation quality a decrease of 50% in LET100,T was found close to the interface. PMID:7652173

  19. Ion yields and erosion rates for Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}(0<=x<=1) ultralow energy O{sub 2}{sup +} secondary ion mass spectrometry in the energy range of 0.25-1 keV

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    Morris, R. J. H.; Dowsett, M. G.

    2009-06-01

    We report the SIMS parameters required for the quantitative analysis of Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} across the range of 0<=x<=1 when using low energy O{sub 2}{sup +} primary ions at normal incidence. These include the silicon and germanium secondary ion yield [i.e., the measured ion signal (ions/s)] and erosion rate [i.e., the speed at which the material sputters (nm/min)] as a function of x. We show that the ratio R{sub x} of erosion rates, Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}/Si, at a given x is almost independent of beam energy, implying that the properties of the altered layer are dominated by the interaction of oxygen with silicon. R{sub x} shows an exponential dependence on x. Unsurprisingly, the silicon and germanium secondary ion yields are found to depart somewhat from proportionality to (1-x) and x, respectively, although an approximate linear relationship could be used for quantification across around 30% of the range of x (i.e., a reference material containing Ge fraction x would give reasonably accurate quantification across the range of +-0.15x). Direct comparison of the useful (ion) yields [i.e., the ratio of ion yield to the total number of atoms sputtered for a particular species (ions/atom)] and the sputter yields [i.e., the total number of atoms sputtered per incident primary ion (atoms/ions)] reveals a moderate matrix effect where the former decrease monotonically with increasing x except at the lowest beam energy investigated (250 eV). Here, the useful yield of Ge is found to be invariant with x. At 250 eV, the germanium ion and sputter yields are proportional to x for all x.

  20. Calculations of stopping powers and inelastic mean free paths for 20 eV-20 keV electrons in 11 types of human tissue.

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    Tan, Zhenyu; Liu, Wei

    2013-12-01

    Systematic calculations are performed for determining the stopping powers (SP) and inelastic mean free paths (IMFP) for 20 eV-20 keV electrons in 11 types of human tissue. The calculations are based on a dielectric model, including the Born-Ochkur exchange correction. The optical energy loss functions (OELF) are empirically evaluated, because of the lack of available experimental optical data for the 11 tissues under consideration. The evaluated OELFs are examined by the f-sum rule expected from the dielectric response theory, and by calculation of the mean excitation energy. The calculated SPs are compared with those for PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate, a tissue equivalent material) and liquid water. The SP and IMFP data presented here are the results for the 11 human tissues over the energy range of 20 eV-20 keV, and are of importance in radiotherapy planning and for studies of various radiation effects on human tissues. PMID:24144616

  1. Stopping powers for 20-140 keV H + and He + on Ni, Ag and Au

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    Thompson, D. A.; Poehlman, W. F. S.; Presunka, P.; Davies, J. A.

    The stopping powers for 20-140 keV H + and He + ions in Ni, Ag and Au have been measured using the backscattering technique. Targets were thin layers (10-20 nm) of the metal of interest deposited on Si substrates. In some cases the metal layer was overlaid with a thin Au layer (10-20 nm). These two layer samples were used to establish the accuracy with which stopping power measurement could be made in the underlying material with the aim that this technique could later be used to make measurements in reactive (i.e. easily oxidized) metals. The layer thicknesses were determined using Rutherford backscattering with 1 MeV He + ions and a well calibrated detector geometry. Suitable corrections were applied for electronic screening. The energy loss of the keV ions was determined using an electrostatic analyser after correcting for the energy dependent neutral particle component in the backscattered beam. This correction factor was determined in situ in the scattering chamber and on the targets as used in the stopping power measurements; i.e. with the same surface condition. The stopping powers obtained are compared to other published data.

  2. 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.

  3. Electron back-scattering coefficient below 5 keV: Analytical expressions and surface-barrier effects

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    Cazaux, J.

    2012-10-01

    Simple analytical expressions for the electron backscattering coefficient, ?, are established from published data obtained in the ˜0.4-5 keV range for 21 elements ranging from Be to Au. They take into account the decline in ? with a decrease in energy E° for high-Z elements and the reverse behavior for low-Z elements. The proposed expressions for ? (E°) lead to crossing energies situated in the 0.4-1 keV range and they may be reasonably extended to any of the other elements—via an interpolation procedure—to metallic alloys and probably to compounds. The influence of the surface barrier on the escape probability of the back-scattered electrons is next evaluated. This evaluation provides a theoretical basis to explain the observed deviation between various published data as a consequence of surface contamination or oxidation. Various practical applications and strategies are deduced for the ?-measurements in dedicated instruments as well for the image interpretation in low voltage scanning electron microscopy based on the backscattered electron detection. In this microscopy, the present investigation allows to generalize the scarce contrast changes and contrast reversals previously observed on multi elemental samples and it suggests the possibility of a new type of contrast: the work function contrast.

  4. Solar Wind ?20–200 keV Superhalo Electrons at Quiet Times

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    Wang, Linghua; Yang, Liu; He, Jiansen; Tu, Chuanyi; Pei, Zhongtian; Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.; Bale, Stuart D.

    2015-04-01

    High-energy superhalo electrons are present in the interplanetary medium (IPM) even in the absence of any significant solar activity, carrying important information on electron acceleration in the solar wind. We present a statistical survey of ?20–200 keV superhalo electrons measured at 1 AU by the WIND 3D Plasma & Energetic Particle instrument during quiet-time periods from 1995 January through 2013 December. The selected 242 quiet-time samples mostly occur during the rising, maximum and decay phases of solar cycles. The observed omnidirectional differential flux of these quiet-time superhalo electrons generally fits to a power-law spectrum J=A× {{(\\frac{E}{{{m}e}{{c}2}})}-? }, with ? ranging from ?1.6 to ?3.7 and the integrated density nsup ranging from 10?8 to 10?5 cm?3. In solar cycle 23 (24), the distribution of ? has a broad maximum between 2.4 and 2.8 (2.0 and 2.4). Both ? and the logarithm of nsup show no obvious correlation with sunspot number, solar flares, solar wind core population, etc. These superhalo electrons may form a quiet-time energetic electron background/reservoir in the IPM. We propose that they may originate from nonthermal processes related to the acceleration of the solar wind such as nanoflares, or could be formed in the IPM due to further acceleration and/or long-distance propagation effects.

  5. The 3 H(d , ?) 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 , ?) 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 ?-rays from neutrons in the bismuth germinate (BGO) ?-ray detector. A stilbene scintillator and an NE-213 scintillator have been used to detect the neutrons from the 3 H(d , n) ? 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 ?-particles to normalize the number of neutrons, along with a new titanium tritide target, was incorporated for subsequent measurements. The ?-rays have been measured at laboratory angles of 0 °, 45 °, 90 °, and 135 °. Information about the ?-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 , ?) /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.

  6. The Swift/Fermi GRB 080928 from 1 eV to 150 keV

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    Rossi, A.; Schulze, S.; Klose, S.; Kann, D. A.; Rau, A.; Krimm, H. A.; Jóhannesson, G.; Panaitescu, A.; Yuan, F.; Ferrero, P.; Krühler, T.; Greiner, J.; Schady, P.; Pandey, S. B.; Amati, L.; Afonso, P. M. J.; Akerlof, C. W.; Arnold, L. A.; Clemens, C.; Filgas, R.; Hartmann, D. H.; Küpcü Yolda?, A.; McBreen, S.; McKay, T. A.; Nicuesa Guelbenzu, A.; Olivares, F. E.; Paciesas, B.; Rykoff, E. S.; Szokoly, G.; Updike, A. C.; Yolda?, A.

    2011-05-01

    We present the results of a comprehensive study of the gamma-ray burst 080928 and of its afterglow. GRB 080928 was a long burst detected by Swift/BAT and Fermi/GBM. It is one of the exceptional cases where optical emission had already been detected when the GRB itself was still radiating in the gamma-ray band. For nearly 100 s 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. In particular, we show that the SED during the main prompt emission phase agrees with synchrotron radiation. We constructed the optical/near-infrared light curve and the spectral energy distribution based on Swift/UVOT, ROTSE-IIIa (Australia), and GROND (La Silla) data and compared 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, weinvestigate whether the temporal and spectral evolution of the tail emission of the first strong flare seen in the early X-ray light curve can be explained by large-angle emission (LAE). We find that a nonstandard LAE model is required to explain the observations. Finally, we report on the results of our search for the GRB host galaxy, for which only a deep upper limit can be provided. Appendix A is only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  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. Time-Of Mass Spectrometry with KEV and Mev Projectiles Using Coincidence Counting.

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    Inman, Mark Estes

    The goal of this study was to explore sample-projectile interactions by examining secondary ion (SI) yields in an event-by-event impact and detection mode. Cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was evaluated in comparison to plasma desorption mass spectrometry (PDMS) and monoatomic SIMS. A cluster ion source was designed based on the spontaneous desorption (SD) process. The parameters affecting the SD were studied to optimize the cluster source performance. These factors were extraction grid vs. aperture, aperture size, source bias, source distance, and time. Under optimized SD conditions signal-to-noise ratios (S/N) up to approximately 27 were obtained for the production of CsI cluster ions. The ions of interest from the source were I^ - and (CsI)_{rm n} I^- clusters (where n is the cluster order). For our source a 3 mm gridless aperture 8 mm from the source foil produced the highest signal-to -noise ratio at 18 kV on the source. A signal-to-noise maximum was reached after the sample was biased for 12 hours. The SI yields from organic targets were compared for monoatomic keV ions, MeV ions (^{252 }Cf fission fragments), and polyatomic keV ions. The energy range of the clusters used was 18 to 27 keV. This comparison was made by calculating secondary ion yields for the molecular ions from a given sample. The organic samples used were epinephrine, gamma -aminobutyric acid, phenylalanine, and valine. For cluster bombardment secondary ion yields ranged from 0.53% for epinephrine to 3.45% for phenylalanine. These yields are less than the molecular ion yields from PDMS which ranged from 3.09% for epinephrine to 7.00% for phenylalanine. The secondary ion yields for monoatomic bombardment were 0.05% for epinephrine and 0.29% for phenylalanine. The higher yields observed with cluster primary ions are attributed to an enhancement effect related to the number of constituents in a cluster. Multiple ions detected from individual desorption events are said to be in coincidence. Coincidence counting can monitor these secondary ions and from which primary ion impact they occurred. This information is used to calculate percent coincidence between secondary ions. Percent coincidence is defined as the percentage of a peak observed in coincidence with another peak. Given the spatial correlations of ions emitted from the same projectile impact, percent coincidence gives indications about the homogeneity of surfaces. We found a linear relationship between a homogeneity factor based on percent coincidences of the secondary ions and particle size. Two types of samples were used, the first of which was a NaF/poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) sample. With these samples we were able to distinguish between the PVME substrate and NaF crystals with diameters down to 1 mum. The second sample was rhodamine doped polystyrene spheres/PVME. The smallest sphere we were able to distinguish had a diameter of 0.48 mum.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. INTEGRAL observations of the cosmic X-ray background in the 5-100 keV range via occultation by the Earth

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    E. Churazov; R. Sunyaev; M. Revnivtsev; S. Sazonov; S. Molkov; S. Grebenev; C. Winkler; A. Parmar; A. Bazzano; M. Falanga; A. Gros; F. Lebrun; L. Natalucci; P. Ubertini; J. -P. Roques; L. Bouchet; E. Jourdain; J. Knoedlseder; R. Diehl; C. Budtz-Jorgensen; S. Brandt; N. Lund; N. J. Westergaard; A. Neronov; M. Turler; M. Chernyakova; R. Walter; N. Produit; N. Mowlavi; J. M. Mas-Hesse; A. Domingo; N. Gehrels; E. Kuulkers; P. Kretschmar; M. Schmidt

    2007-02-12

    We study the spectrum of the cosmic X-ray background (CXB) in energy range $\\sim$5-100 keV. Early in 2006 the INTEGRAL observatory performed a series of four 30ksec observations with the Earth disk crossing the field of view of the instruments. The modulation of the aperture flux due to occultation of extragalactic objects by the Earth disk was used to obtain the spectrum of the Cosmic X-ray Background(CXB). Various sources of contamination were evaluated, including compact sources, Galactic Ridge emission, CXB reflection by the Earth atmosphere, cosmic ray induced emission by the Earth atmosphere and the Earth auroral emission. The spectrum of the cosmic X-ray background in the energy band 5-100 keV is obtained. The shape of the spectrum is consistent with that obtained previously by the HEAO-1 observatory, while the normalization is $\\sim$10% higher. This difference in normalization can (at least partly) be traced to the different assumptions on the absolute flux from the Crab Nebulae. The increase relative to the earlier adopted value of the absolute flux of the CXB near the energy of maximum luminosity (20-50 keV) has direct implications for the energy release of supermassive black holes in the Universe and their growth at the epoch of the CXB origin.

  12. Scaling of above 4keV X-ray Sources to 100kJ Yields from the "Z" Accelerator

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    Deeney, C.; Nash, T. J.; Douglas, M. R.; Spielman, R. B.; Chandler, G. A.; Fehl, D.; Thornhill, J. W.; Davis, J.; Clark, R. C.; Apruzese, J. P.; Whitney, K. G.

    1997-11-01

    The ``Z'' accelerator at SNL implodes masses of above 1 mg/cm with 1 MJ of kinetic energy. Experiments with titanium wire arrays and stainless steel have shown that these implosions produce more than 100 kJ of x-rays above 4 keV and above 100TW, 1.3 MJ of total radiation. In the Ti case, the measured energies are only a factor of 2 lower than 1D predictions. Spectral analyses using CRE models indicate that ion densities of 2E20/cc and electron temperatures of 2.5 keV are being achieved. In this paper, we present these results and compare them to 1D ad 2D calculations.

  13. Diffraction of 100 to 200 keV X-rays from an Si1-xGex gradient crystal: comparison with results from dynamical theory.

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    Keitel; Malgrange; Niemöller; Schneider

    1999-09-01

    In a large Czochralski-grown Si(1-x)Ge(x) (0.02 energy range 100-200 keV. The experimental data are in very good agreement with the results from geometrical optics theory for distorted crystals, if the creation of new wavefields for strain gradients larger than a critical value is taken into account. In this sense, the crystal behaves like an ideal gradient crystal. If the normal absorption is disregarded, for reflection 111 and 100 keV energy, the full width at half-maximum values and the peak reflectivities of the diffraction patterns range from 14.6" and 97%, respectively, to 70.9" and 74%, respectively, for a variation in the Ge concentration from 3.5 to 5.3 at.%. PMID:10927295

  14. 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 ?m. 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. PMID:26329204

  15. Cross-section measurement of the /sup 3/He(n,. gamma. ) reaction at E/sub n/ = 24. 5 keV

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    Wervelman, R.; Abrahams, K.; Stecher-Rasmussen, F. ); Postma, H.; Davids, G.J.; Bots, G.J.C. )

    1989-08-01

    At 24.5-keV neutron energy, the radiative capture of neutrons proceeds with only a few parts per million compared to to the scattering and (n,p) reactions. Nevertheless, the radiative capture is of interest in the study of fusion reactions, which occur in the sun or in fusion reactors. This reaction yields very high energy (20.6-MeV) gamma rays which are outstanding above any background and therefore may be of diagnostic value in fusion reactor research. A cross-section value {sigma}/sub n{gamma}/ (24.5 keV) = 9.2 +- 2.0 {mu}b is obtained, which is in good agreement with the value 12 +- 6 {mu}b from earlier literature.

  16. 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 ?m. 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.

  17. Resonant photoemission study of the electronic structure of 3 keV nitrogen-implanted tantalum

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    Arranz, A.; Palacio, C.; Avila, J.

    2005-01-15

    The electronic properties of tantalum nitride thin films grown by 3 keV nitrogen implantation have been studied with resonant photoemission using synchrotron radiation. Resonant photoemission from the valence band was observed when the photon energy was in the neighborhood of the Ta 5p{yields}5d, 5p{yields}6sp and 4f{yields}5d transition energies. The constant initial state curves show multiple resonance maxima that are explained in terms of the Ta 5p{yields}5d, 5p{yields}6sp and 4f{yields}5d photoabsorption mechanisms, the spin-orbit splitting of the Ta 5p and Ta 4f core levels, and the splitting of the N-Ta hybridized unoccupied states by crystal-field interactions. A strong resonance has been observed at the Ta4f{yields}5d transition. Resonant photoemission results suggest a strong hybridization of the Ta 5d and N 2p atomic orbitals along the main feature of the VB (between {approx}3-9 eV) due to the extended nature of Ta orbitals. Occupied vacancy states at {approx}2 eV show a resonance enhancement that supports the Ta character recently predicted for such states by Stampfl and Freeman. Stronger resonances are found for the hybridized Ta 5d-N 2p valence band features lying in the {approx}3-9 eV range, than for the essentially Ta-like ones just below the Fermi level. This suggests that an interatomic recombination mechanism in which N 2p states resonate themselves could also take place.

  18. 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.

  19. Investigating ionisation cluster size distribution due to sub-1 keV electrons in view of Heisenberg's Uncertainty

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    Li, B.; Palmans, H.; Hao, L.; Nisbet, A.

    2015-09-01

    As the wavelengths of low energy electrons become comparable with the length scale of the mean ionisation step size, each event particle should be treated with care as the condition outlined in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (HUP) should also be satisfied. Within this quantum-classical regime, spatial delocalisations of individual ionisation event sites that are generated outside the target region are calculated, and particular attention is given to the validity of using classical transport methods in simulations of nanodosimetric parameters such as mean cluster size, first and second moments, variance and cumulative frequency of ionisation cluster-size probability distributions. This paper presents the comparison between conventionally calculated nanodosimetric quantities and the ones where interacting particles are treated semi-classically with spatial uncertainties satisfied by HUP. The simulated primary charged particles are electrons of energies between 100 eV and 1 keV in DNA equivalent target aqueous water volumes using GEANT4-DNA.

  20. 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(E?) 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 E? 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

  1. Compact femtosecond electron diffractometer with 100?keV electron bunches approaching the single-electron pulse duration limit

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    Waldecker, Lutz Bertoni, Roman; Ernstorfer, Ralph

    2015-01-28

    We present the design and implementation of a highly compact femtosecond electron diffractometer working at electron energies up to 100?keV. We use a multi-body particle tracing code to simulate electron bunch propagation through the setup and to calculate pulse durations at the sample position. Our simulations show that electron bunches containing few thousands of electrons per bunch are only weakly broadened by space-charge effects and their pulse duration is thus close to the one of a single-electron wavepacket. With our compact setup, we can create electron bunches containing up to 5000 electrons with a pulse duration below 100 fs on the sample. We use the diffractometer to track the energy transfer from photoexcited electrons to the lattice in a thin film of titanium. This process takes place on the timescale of few-hundred femtoseconds and a fully equilibrated state is reached within 1 ps.

  2. Search for Anomalous Scattering of keV Neutrons from H2O-D2O Mixtures R. Moreh,1,2,* R. C. Block,2

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    Danon, Yaron

    Search for Anomalous Scattering of keV Neutrons from H2O-D2O Mixtures R. Moreh,1,2,* R. C. Block,2 liquid H2O relative to that of pure D2O and also relative to H2O-D2O mixtures, at room temperature-containing compounds and polymers [2­5]. It was found that, at epithermal energies in the 10­ 200 eV range, the neutron

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ? ? 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.

  5. Enhancement of the 6.4 keV line in the inner Galactic ridge: Proton-induced fluorescence?

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    Nobukawa, K K; Uchiyama, H; Tsuru, T G; Torii, K; Tanaka, T; Chernyshov, D O; Fukui, Y; Dogiel, V A; Koyama, K

    2015-01-01

    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 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 the large equivalent width of $\\sim1.3$ keV, which is hardly explained by the low-energy electron bombardment scenario. The longitudinal and latitudina...

  6. A possible cyclotron resonance scattering feature near 0.7 keV in X1822-371

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    Iaria, R; Matranga, M; Galiano, C G; D'Aì, A; Riggio, A; Burderi, L; Sanna, A; Ferrigno, C; Del Santo, M; Pintore, F; Robba, N R

    2015-01-01

    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 $\\sim 0.7$ keV. This addition significantly improves the fit and flattens the residuals between 0.6 and 0.8 keV. 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, $(8.8 \\pm 0.3) \\times 10^{10}$ 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...

  7. 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 U??Ga??, (UC)??Ga?? and U??Cs?, (UC)??Cs??, respectively.

  8. 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; Bedworth, Peter; Sinton, Steve; Trattner, Karlheinz J

    2014-03-01

    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 ?g?cm(-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 ?g?cm(-2) carbon foils used in space-based particle detectors. At energies less than 50 keV, the scattering angle half width at half maximum, ?(1/2), for ~3-5 atoms thick graphene is up to a factor of 3.5 smaller than for 0.5 ?g?cm(-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. PMID:24689570

  9. 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 ?g?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 ?g?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, ?{sub 1/2}, for ?3–5 atoms thick graphene is up to a factor of 3.5 smaller than for 0.5 ?g?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.

  10. On the 545 keV Line in the Spectrum of the Crab Nebula

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    Myron Bander; H. R. Rubinstein

    1992-12-30

    The GRANAT group (R. Sunyaev {\\it et al.\\/}, Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams, International Astronomical Union, Circular No.~5481) recently reported the observation of a $(545 \\pm 11)$ keV line in the spectrum of the Crab Nebula. It is tempting to associate this with the positron-electron annihilation line at 511 keV. If this line originates from some transition at the surface of the neutron star in the Crab, we expect a red shift of around 10\\% rather then the observed blue shift of $\\sim 35$ keV; in fact, this gravitational red shift implies that the natural frequency of the observed line is also 10\\% higher, or around 600 keV. In this article we shall present a mechanism for generating such a split from 511 keV. For this mechanism to be successful we require: (a) surface magnetic fields, in the annihilation region, to be $(3-8)\\times 10^{12}$~G and to point in our direction, (b) surface densities of $(10^5-10^6)$ g/cc. Both of these assumptions are consistent with pulsar models.

  11. Origin of the 871-keV gamma ray and the ``oxide'' attribute

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    AJ Peurrung; RJ Arthur; BD Geelhood; RD Scheele; RJ Elovich; SL Pratt

    2000-03-22

    This work concludes the investigation of the oxide attribute of current interest for the characterization of stored plutonium. Originally it was believed that the presence of oxide could be ascertained by measurement of the 871-keV line in a high-resolution gamma-ray spectrum. However, recent work has suggested that the 871-keV gamma ray in plutonium oxide arises from the reaction {sup 14}N({alpha},p){sup 17}O rather than the inelastic scattering reaction {sup 17}O({alpha},{alpha}{prime}){sup 17}O*. This conclusion, though initially surprising, was obtained during efforts to determine the relative importance of americium and plutonium alpha-particle decay for the production of the 871-keV gamma ray. Several questions were raised by previous experiments: What role, if any does {sup 17}O have in the generation of the 871-keV gamma ray? How does sufficient nitrogen come to be present in plutonium oxide? Under what conditions is the 871-keV gamma ray measurable in plutonium oxide? This paper describes the answers to these questions.

  12. Evaluation of the 1077 keV ?-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 ?-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 ?-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 ?-ray is (2.72±0.16)%.

  13. 7 keV sterile neutrino dark matter from split flavor mechanism

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    Hiroyuki Ishida; Kwang Sik Jeong; Fuminobu Takahashi

    2014-02-24

    The recently discovered X-ray line at about $3.5\\,$keV can be explained by sterile neutrino dark matter with mass, $m_s \\simeq 7\\,$keV, and the mixing, $\\sin^2 2\\theta \\sim 10^{-10}$. Such sterile neutrino is more long-lived than estimated based on the seesaw formula, which strongly suggests an extra flavor structure in the seesaw sector. We show that one can explain both the small mass and the longevity based on the split flavor mechanism where the breaking of flavor symmetry is tied to the breaking of the $B-L$ symmetry. In a supersymmetric case we find that the $7\\,$keV sterile neutrino implies the gravitino mass about $100\\,$TeV.

  14. keV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter and Low Scale Leptogenesis

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    Sin Kyu Kang; Ayon Patra

    2014-12-26

    We consider a simple extension of the Standard Model to consistently explain the observation of a peak in the galactic X-ray spectrum at 3.55 keV and the light neutrino masses along with the baryon asymmetry of the universe. The baryon asymmetry is generated through leptogenesis, the lepton asymmetry being generated by the decay of a heavy neutrino with TeV mass scale. The extra singlet fermion introduced in the model can be identified as a dark matter candidate of mass 7.1 keV. It decays with a lifetime much larger than the age of the universe, producing a final state photon. The Yukawa interactions between the extra singlet neutrino and a heavier right-handed neutrino play a crucial role in simultaneously achieving low scale leptogenesis and relic density of the keV dark matter candidate.

  15. 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.

  16. Measurement of the 183 keV resonance in {sup 17}O(p,{alpha}){sup 14}N using a novel technique

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

    2007-06-15

    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 {sup 17}O(p,{alpha}){sup 14}N reaction. We report a (center-of-mass) resonance energy of E{sub r}=183.5(+0.1/-0.4) keV and a resonance strength of {omega}{gamma}{sub p{alpha}}=(1.70{+-}0.15) meV, and we set an upper limit (95% confidence) on the total width of the state of {gamma}<0.1 keV. This resonance is important for the {sup 17}O(p,{alpha}){sup 14}N reaction rate, and we find that {sup 18}F 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)x10{sup -15} eV cm{sup 2}.

  17. 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.

  18. Development of a shortpulse laser-driven 15.7 keV x-ray probe for bent-crystal imaging and spectroscopy

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    Schollmeier, M.; Geissel, M.; Rambo, P. K.; Schwarz, J.; Sefkow, A. B.; Vargas, M.; Porter, J. L.

    2013-10-01

    High energy x-rays above 10 keV are needed to probe HEDP experiments with dense, high-Z samples. Shortpulse lasers were shown to be more efficient to generate above-10 keV x-rays than ns lasers. We have used Sandia's Z-Petawatt laser to drive a 15.7 keV, Zr K-alpha x-ray source. A set of bent-crystal spectrometers and imagers was characterized for their throughput and spectral or spatial resolution. Ray-tracing with a newly developed, GPU-accelerated Monte-Carlo code has been done to evaluate the measurements. Estimates of the system performance at the kJ level have been made to evaluate its potential application for bent-crystal backlighting or x-ray Thomson scattering at Sandia's Z-machine. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  19. Properties of the 5- state at 839 keV in 176Lu and the s-process branching at A = 176

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    P. Mohr; S. Bisterzo; R. Gallino; F. Käppeler; U. Kneissl; N. Winckler

    2009-03-23

    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 176Lu. 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 176Lu is at least one order of magnitude stronger than previously assumed leading to crucial consequences for the interpretation of the 176Lu/176Hf pair as an s-process thermometer.

  20. Inelastic X-ray scattering with 0.75 meV resolution at 25.7 keV using a temperature-gradient analyzer.

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    Ishikawa, Daisuke; Ellis, David S; Uchiyama, Hiroshi; Baron, Alfred Q R

    2015-01-01

    The use of temperature-gradient analyzers for non-resonant high-resolution inelastic X-ray scattering is investigated. The gradient compensates for geometrical broadening of the energy resolution by adjusting the lattice spacing of the analyzer crystal. Applying a ? 12 mK temperature gradient across a 9.5 cm analyzer, resolutions of 0.75 (2) meV FWHM at 25.7 keV for Si(13 13 13) and 1.25(2) meV at 21.7 keV for Si(11 11 11) were measured, while retaining large (250 mm) clearance between the sample position and detector, and reasonable (9.3 mrad × 8.8 mrad) analyzer acceptance. The temperature control and stability are discussed. PMID:25537581

  1. 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.

  2. Large angle scattering of 100 keV C{sup 4+} and C{sup 6+} on He without charge exchange

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    Winecki, S.; Ali, R.; Cocke, C.L.

    1994-12-31

    Reaction channels with single-, double-, and no-charge exchange have been measured in hard collisions of 100 keV {sup 13}C{sup 4+} and {sup 13}C{sup 6+} on He{sup 0} with projectile scattering angle covering the range of 3-5 degrees. The hard collisions produce recoils with sufficient kinetic energies, so that even the neutral recoil atoms can be detected with MCP detectors. The fraction of no-charge changing collisions are substantially larger than predictions from CTMC calculations. These results are of interest for the plasma ion temperature measurements by van Blokland et al., who used 7 degree scattering of 30 keV He{sup 0} to measure the ion temperature of the low Z plasma fuel in the TEXTOR tokamak, but observed contributions from scattering from the high Z impurities without charge exchange. Proper corrections depend on the fraction of the scattering without charge exchange.

  3. VUV optical absorption in sapphire crystals following implantation with 100 keV O +, Al + and Cr + Ions

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    Kozakiewicz, A. G.; Davidson, A. T.; Derry, T. E.

    2002-05-01

    We report optical absorption (OA) measurements in Al 2O 3 crystals following implantation with O +, Al + and Cr + ions of 100 keV energy. Fluences were between 4×10 15 and 1×10 17 ions/cm 2 and the wavelength range was 150-350 nm. The vacuum ultraviolet region is included in our investigation. In addition to the F band near 204 nm (6.08 eV) we observe ion specific effects at shorter wavelengths. This is attributed to a different ability of the projectile ions to form stable F and F + centres when implanted near ambient temperature. Implantation at a higher temperature of 200 °C results in enhanced and similar OA at 200 nm in the case of Al + and Cr + ions.

  4. The colouration of CaF2 crystals by keV and GeV ions

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    Davidson, A. T.; Kozakiewicz, A. G.; Comins, J. D.; Derry, T. E.; Schwartz, K.; Trautmann, C.

    CaF2 crystals have been implanted with a variety of ions of widely different energies and mass. Effects have been monitored using optical absorption in the range 120-750 nm. This includes the vacuum UV region. For 100 keV ions (Al, Mg, Kr) we observe extrinsic colloid bands in the case of implanted metal ions at high fluences (10(17) ions cm(2) ) but no colour centres (F, F-2 etc). For GeV ions (U, Ni) we observe prominent absorption bands in the visible region at fluences of 10(12) ions cm(-2) attributed to extrinsic calcium colloids. New optical features are discussed including an absorption band near 185 nm in the VUV and bands at 604 nm and 672 nm in the visible region.

  5. Thermoluminescence of ion-implanted LiF crystals using 100 keV rare gas ions

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    Davidson, A. T.; Kozakiewicz, A. G.; Wilkinson, D. J.; Comins, J. D.; Derry, T. E.

    1998-05-01

    We report the thermoluminescence of pure LiF crystals following implantation with Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe ions of 100 keV energy. Fluences were in the range 1 × 10 13 to 3 × 10 17 ions cm -2. Glow curves produced by different ions have similar structure with peaks near 230°C, 280°C, 295°C, 312°C and 335°C. Relative peak heights vary slightly from sample to sample depending on the type and fluence of the implanted ions but the overall intensity of the glow curves is essentially independent of fluence over a wide range. Other factors investigated include the effect on the glow curves of dose rate and the presence of magnesium dopant in the target crystal. A comparison is made with gamma-irradiated crystals.

  6. Investigating oxygen flooding at oblique 2 and 1 keV oxygen sputtering for microelectronics support applications

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    Jahnel, F.; von Criegern, R.

    2003-01-01

    Low energy (2.1 and 1 keV) oxygen bombardment at oblique incidence in combination with oxygen flooding was applied to two kinds of epitaxially grown, boron-doped samples. The angles of incidence ranged between 54° and 44°, realized in a Cameca 6f. At surface saturation conditions, no indication of ripples formation was found up to at least 700 nm depth. In comparison to measurements at perpendicular oxygen beam incidence (no flooding), the boron decay lengths were about equal, whereas the apparent profile shift was clearly lower (roughly half) in the flooding case. Thus, no disadvantage is found for these oxygen flooding conditions as compared to perpendicular oxygen bombardment conditions.

  7. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo model calculations for ionization of atomic hydrogen by 75-keV proton impact

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    Sarkadi, L.

    2010-11-01

    Cross sections differential with respect to the energy loss and scattering angle of the projectile have been calculated for ionization of atomic hydrogen by 75-keV proton impact using the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method. The results are compared with the experimental data measured by Laforge [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.103.053201 103, 053201 (2009)] and Schulz [Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.81.052705 81, 052705 (2010)], as well as with the predictions of several quantum-mechanical theoretical models. The analysis of the deviations between the classical and the quantum-mechanical results shows that the three-body fragmentation dynamics cannot be understood purely classically; for the description of the process the quantum-mechanical treatment of the interplay between the electron-projectile and the projectile-target-nucleus interaction is unavoidable.

  8. 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.

  9. Heliospheric Energetic Particle Reservoirs: Ulysses and ACE 175-315 keV Electron Observations

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    Sanahuja, Blai

    Heliospheric Energetic Particle Reservoirs: Ulysses and ACE 175-315 keV Electron Observations D-3) that evolve similarly in time. We use near-relativistic electron observations from both the ACE and Ulysses 2000 and November 2001 when Ulysses was at high (>70 deg) latitudes and at heliocentric radial

  10. ASCA Observations of the Starburst-Driven Superwind Galaxy NGC 2146: Broad Band (0.6 - 9 keV) Spectral Properties

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    R. Della Ceca; R. E. Griffiths; T. M. Heckman; M. D. Lehnert; K. A. Weaver

    1998-10-26

    We report ASCA GIS and SIS observations of the nearby (D = 11.6 Mpc), nearly edge-on, starburst galaxy NGC 2146. These X-ray spectral data complement ROSAT PSPC and HRI imaging discussed by Armus et al., 1995. The broad band (0.6-9 keV) X-ray spectrum of NGC 2146 is best described by a two component model: the soft X-ray emission with a Raymond-Smith thermal plasma model having a temperature of kT $\\sim 0.8$ keV; the hard X-ray emission with a thermal plasma model having kT $\\sim 8$ keV or a power-law model having a photon index of $\\sim 1.7$. We do not find compelling evidence of substantial excess absorption above the Galactic value. The soft (hard) thermal component provides about 30% (70%) of the total luminosity in the 0.5 - 2.0 keV energy band, while in the 2-10 keV energy range only the hard component plays a major role. The spectral results allow us to set tighter constraints on the starburst-driven superwind model, which we show can satisfactorily account for the luminosity, mass, and energy content represented by the soft X-ray spectral component. We estimate that the mass outflow rate ($\\sim$ 9 M$_{\\odot}$ per year) is about an order of magnitude greater than the predicted rate at which supernovae and stellar winds return mass into the interstellar medium and, therefore, argue that the flow is strongly "mass-loaded" with material in and around the starburst. The estimated outflow velocity of the hot gas is close to the escape velocity from the galaxy, so the fate of the gas is not clear. We suggest that the hard X-ray spectral component is due to the combined emission of X-ray binaries and/or young supernovae remnants associated with the starburst.

  11. 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

  12. PeV neutrinos and a 3.5 keV x-ray line from a PeV-scale supersymmetric neutrino sector

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    Roland, Samuel B.; Shakya, Bibhushan; Wells, James D.

    2015-11-01

    Recent measurements of PeV energy neutrinos at IceCube and a 3.5 keV x-ray line in the spectra of several galaxies are both tantalizing signatures of new physics. This paper shows that one or both of these observations can be explained within an extended supersymmetric neutrino sector. Obtaining light active neutrino masses as well as phenomenologically interesting (keV-GeV) sterile neutrino masses without any unnaturally small parameters hints at a new symmetry in the neutrino sector that is broken at the PeV scale, presumably tied to supersymmetry breaking. The same symmetry and structure can sufficiently stabilize an additional PeV particle, produce its abundance through the freeze-in mechanism, and lead to decays that can give the energetic neutrinos observed by IceCube. The lightest sterile neutrino, if at 7 keV, is a nonresonantly produced fraction of dark matter, and can account for the 3.5 keV x-ray line. The two signals could therefore be the first probes of an extended supersymmetric neutrino sector.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Measurements of the neutron-proton and neutron-carbon total cross section from 150 to 800 keV

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    Daub, Brian

    There have been very few measurements of the total cross section for np scattering below 500 keV. To differentiate among NN potential models, improved cross section data between 20 and 600 keV are required. We measured the ...

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of Fe-57 with CUORE crystals

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    The Cuore Collaboration; F. Alessandria; R. Ardito; D. R. Artusa; F. T. Avignone III; O. Azzolini; M. Balata; T. I. Banks; G. Bari; J. Beeman; F. Bellini; A. Bersani; M. Biassoni; T. Bloxham; C. Brofferio; C. Bucci; X. Z. Cai; L. Canonica; S. Capelli; L. Carbone; L. Cardani; M. Carrettoni; N. Casali; N. Chott; M. Clemenza; C. Cosmelli; O. Cremonesi; R. J. Creswick; I. Dafinei; A. Dally; V. Datskov; A. De Biasi; M. P. Decowski; M. M. Deninno; S. Di Domizio; M. L. di Vacri; L. Ejzak; R. Faccini; D. Q. Fang; H. A. Farach; E. Ferri; F. Ferroni; E. Fiorini; M. A. Franceschi; S. J. Freedman; B. K. Fujikawa; A. Giachero; L. Gironi; A. Giuliani; J. Goett; P. Gorla; C. Gotti; E. Guardincerri; T. D. Gutierrez; E. E. Haller; K. Han; K. M. Heeger; H. Z. Huang; R. Kadel; K. Kazkaz; G. Keppel; L. Kogler; Yu. G. Kolomensky; D. Lenz; Y. L. Li; C. Ligi; X. Liu; Y. G. Ma; C. Maiano; M. Maino; M. Martinez; R. H. Maruyama; N. Moggi; S. Morganti; T. Napolitano; S. Newman; S. Nisi; C. Nones; E. B. Norman; A. Nucciotti; F. Orio; D. Orlandi; J. L. Ouellet; M. Pallavicini; V. Palmieri; L. Pattavina; M. Pavan; M. Pedretti; G. Pessina; S. Pirro; E. Previtali; V. Rampazzo; F. Rimondi; C. Rosenfeld; C. Rusconi; S. Sangiorgio; N. D. Scielzo; M. Sisti; A. R. Smith; L. Taffarello; M. Tenconi; W. D. Tian; C. Tomei; S. Trentalange; G. Ventura; M. Vignati; B. S. Wang; H. W. Wang; C. A. Whitten Jr.; T. Wise; A. Woodcraft; L. Zanotti; C. Zarra; B. X. Zhu; S. Zucchelli

    2013-04-26

    We report the results of a search for axions from the 14.4 keV M1 transition from Fe-57 in the core of the sun using the axio-electric e?ect in TeO2 bolometers. The detectors are 5x5x5 cm3 crystals operated at about 10 mK in a facility used to test bolometers for the CUORE experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. An analysis of 43.65 kg d of data was made using a newly developed low energy trigger which was optimized to reduce the detectors energy threshold. An upper limit of 0.63 c kg-1 d-1 was established at 95% C.L.. From this value, a lower bound at 95% C.L. was placed on the Peccei-Quinn energy scale of fa >= 0.76 10**6 GeV for a value of S=0.55 for the flavor-singlet axial vector matrix element. Bounds are given for the interval 0.15 < S < 0.55.

  19. Total L-shell X-ray production cross sections by 400-700 keV proton impact for elements with 34 < or = Z < or = 53.

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    Miranda, J; Ledesma, R; de Lucio, O G

    2001-03-01

    Total L-shell X-ray production cross sections induced by protons with energies between 400 and 700 keV were measured for elements with atomic number Z between 34 and 53. The ECPSSR theory describes appropriately the results. This model modifies the plane wave born approximation by considering projectile energy loss (E), Coulomb deflection of the incoming ion (C), polarization and change in electron binding energies through a perturbed stationary states method (PSS) and relativistic values of target electron mass (R). A comparison is given with previously published data for proton energies below 1 MeV and 26 < or = Z < or = 53, based on a scaling obtained from a reduced velocity parameter zeta(L)R. The results show that the scaling for these atomic numbers and energy ranges is adequate and a semi-empirical expression to calculate those cross sections is proposed. PMID:11214881

  20. Destruction of 18F via 18F(p,a)15O Burning Through the Ec.m. = 665 keV Resonance

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    Bardayan, D.W.

    2001-06-01

    Knowledge of the astrophysical rate of the {sup 18}F(p,a){sup 15}O reaction is important for understanding the {gamma}-ray emission expected from novae and heavy-element production in x-ray bursts. The rate of this reaction is dominated at temperatures above {approx}0.4 GK by a resonance near 7.08 MeV excitation energy in {sup 19}Ne. The {sup 18}F(p,a){sup 15}O rate has been uncertain in part because of disagreements among previous measurements concerning the resonance strength and excitation energy of this state. To resolve these uncertainties, we have made simultaneous measurements of the {sup 1}H({sup 18}F,p){sup 18}F and {sup 1}H({sup 18}F,a){sup 15}O excitation functions using a radioactive {sup 18}F beam at the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility. A simultaneous fit of the data sets has been performed, and the best fit was obtained with a center-of-mass resonance energy of 664.7 {+-} 1.6 keV (E{sub x} = 7076 {+-} 2 keV), a total width of 39.0 {+-} 1.6 keV, a proton branching ratio of {Lambda}{sub p}/{Lambda} = 0.39 {+-} 0.02, and a resonance strength of {omega}{gamma} = 6.2 {+-} 0.3 keV.

  1. keV sterile neutrino dark matter in gauge extensions of the standard model

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    F. Bezrukov; H. Hettmansperger; M. Lindner

    2010-05-12

    It is known that a keV scale sterile neutrino is a good warm dark matter candidate. We study how this possibility could be realized in the context of gauge extensions of the standard model. The na\\"ive expectation leads to large thermal overproduction of sterile neutrinos in this setup. However, we find that it is possible to use out-of-equilibrium decay of the other right-handed neutrinos of the model to dilute the present density of the keV sterile neutrinos and achieve the observed dark matter density. We present the universal requirements that should be satisfied by the gauge extensions of the standard model, containing right-handed neutrinos, to be viable models of warm dark matter, and provide a simple example in the context of the left-right symmetric model.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fission cross-section measurements of sup 247 Cm, sup 254 Es, and sup 250 Cf from 0. 1 eV to 80 keV

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    Danon, Y.; Slovacek, R.E.; Block, R.C. ); Lougheed, R.W.; Hoff, R.W. ); Moore, M.S. )

    1991-12-01

    This paper reports on the fission cross sections of {sup 247}Cm, {sup 254}Es, and {sup 250}Cf that are measured with the Rensselaer intense neutron spectrometer from 0.1 eV to 80 keV. The cross sections are normalized to the {sup 235}U ENDF/B-V broadened cross section. Fission areas and resonance widths are determined for low-energy resonances in {sup 247}Cm. The {sup 254}Es and {sup 250}Cf fission cross sections are the only reported measurements for these isotopes. The {sup 254}Es isotope is the heaviest odd- odd isotope ever measured over this energy range. The thermal fission cross sections for {sup 247}Cm, {sup 254}Es, and {sup 250}Cf are determined by extrapolation of the low-energy region of the cross section and are in good agreement with other reported measurements. Resonance integrals are reported for the energy range of 0.1 eV to 80 keV, and the areas for {sup 247}Cm and {sup 250}Cf resonances are also reported. The previously reported {sup 246}Cm fission cross section was corrected for fission in {sup 247}Cm.

  5. 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}}22? < 7.2× {10}-10 at 95% CL for a 7 keV neutrino. Better sensitivity at the level of {{sin}}22? ? 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.

  6. Searching for keV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter with X-ray Microcalorimeter Sounding Rockets

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    Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Castro, Daniel; Goldfinger, David C; Rutherford, John; Eckart, Megan E; Kelley, Richard L; Kilbourne, Caroline A; McCammon, Dan; Morgan, Kelsey; Porter, Frederick Scott; Szymkowiak, Andrew E

    2015-01-01

    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 seconds, obtaining a limit on the sterile neutrino mixing angle of sin^2(2 theta) < 7.2e-10 at 95% CL for a 7 keV neutrino. Better sensitivity at the level of sin^2(2 theta) ~ 2.1e-11 at 95\\% CL for a 7 keV neutrino is achievable with future 300-second 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.

  7. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) (?15 keV) at SpLine, the Spanish CRG beamline at the ESRF

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    Rubio-Zuazo, J. R.; Castro, G. R.

    2005-07-01

    In this contribution we present the actual status of the SpLine project devoted to the implementation of hard (?15 keV) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) in combination with surface X-ray diffraction (SXRD) at the Spanish CRG beamline (SpLine) at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). The beamline is located at the bending magnet D25 at the ESRF and can be operated in the X-ray energy range 5-45 keV. The main project goals are the detection of very high kinetic energy photoelectrons up to 15 keV, in particular the simultaneous detection of the diffracted photons and photo-emitted electrons. Therefore, special effort has been devoted to develop a novel electron analyzer, capable of working at very high as well as low energies. The analyzer is a sector of a Cylindrical Mirror Analyzer (CSA300HV) with a five-elements retarding-lens system and a very compact size compared to standard hemispherical analyzers. Additionally, an ultra-high-vacuum system has been constructed which will simultaneously fulfill the requirements for HAXPES and SXRD. The vacuum chamber has two Be windows so that the in-coming and out-going X-ray beam will hit the sample and the X-ray detector, respectively. The complete system will be installed on a massive 2S+3D diffractometer. Photoelectron spectroscopy and SXRD can be operated either simultaneously or independently from each other. Test experiments with a UV discharge lamp and a RHEED electron gun have been conducted demonstrating that the analyzer performs satisfactorily. The whole set-up is in the commissioning phase and full operation is expected in the course of 2005.

  8. Fission cross section measurements of Cm-247, Cf-250 and Es-254 from 0. 1 eV to 80 keV

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    Danon, Y.; Slovacek, R.E.; Block, R.C. . Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics); Lougheed, R.W.; Hoff, R.W. ); Moore, M.S. )

    1990-01-01

    Fission cross section measurements were made with the RINS system over the neutron energy range from approximately 0.1 eV to 80 keV upon samples of Cm-247, Cf-250 and Es-254. The Cm-247 measurement was undertaken to complete the RINS fission cross section measurement sequence of the curium isotopes, Es-254 was measured because it is a very heavy odd-odd nucleus which might show interesting nuclear structure effects in its fission cross section, and Cf-250 was measured to account for its buildup as a daughter product from the 276-day halflife Es-254. 6 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Earth X-ray albedo for cosmic X-ray background radiation in the 1--1000 keV band

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    E. Churazov; S. Sazonov; R. Sunyaev; M. Revnivtsev

    2008-02-11

    We present calculations of the reflection of the cosmic X-ray background (CXB) by the Earth's atmosphere in the 1--1000 keV energy range. The calculations include Compton scattering and X-ray fluorescent emission and are based on a realistic chemical composition of the atmosphere. Such calculations are relevant for CXB studies using the Earth as an obscuring screen (as was recently done by INTEGRAL). The Earth's reflectivity is further compared with that of the Sun and the Moon -- the two other objects in the Solar system subtending a large solid angle on the sky, as needed for CXB studies.

  10. Measurement of the 20 and 90 keV Resonances in the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N Reaction via the Trojan Horse Method

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  11. 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

  12. Differential cross sections for state-selective electron capture in 25--100-keV proton-helium collisions

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    Schultz, D.R.; Reinhold, C.O.; Olson, R.E.; Seely, D.G. Department of Physics, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, Missouri 65401 )

    1992-07-01

    Cross sections differential in the scattering angle of the projectile are presented for electron capture summed over all states and to the 2{ital s}, 2{ital p}, 3{ital s}, 3{ital p}, 4{ital s}, and 4{ital p} states of hydrogen in 25-, 50-, and 100-keV proton-helium collisions. The classical-trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) technique was employed for these calculations as well as to compute total cross sections as a function of impact energy. The latter are compared with experiment to display the behavior of the integral state-selective cross sections in this energy regime. Detailed comparison is also made between the calculated angular differential cross sections and the experimental measurements of Martin {ital et} {ital al}. (Phys. Rev. A 23, 285 (1981)) for capture summed over all states and of Seely {ital et} {ital al}. (Phys. Rev. A 45, R1287 (1992)) for capture to the 2{ital p} state. Very good overall agreement is found. Regarding the cross section for capture summed over all states, an improved agreement is demonstrated by using an alternate representation of the initial state in the CTMC method, which improves the electronic radial distribution but which cannot presently be applied to state-selective determinations.

  13. Design of doubly focusing, tunable (5 to 30 keV), wide-bandpass optics made from layered synthetic microstructures

    SciTech Connect

    Bilderback, D.H.; Lairson, B.M.; Barbee, T.W. Jr.; Ice, G.E.; Sparks, C.J. Jr.

    1982-01-01

    Layered Synthetic Microstructures (LSMs) show great promise as focusing, high-throughput, hard x-ray monochromators. Experimental reflectivity vs. energy curves have been obtained on carbon-tungsten and carbon-molybdenum LSMs of up to 260 layers in thickness. Reflectivities for three flat LSMs with different bandpasses were 70% with ..delta..E/E = 5.4%, 66% with ..delta..E/E = 1.4%, and 19% with ..delta..E/E = 0.6%. A new generation of variable bandwidth optics using two successive LSMs is proposed. The first element will be an LSM deposited on a substrate that can be water cooled as it intercepts direct radiation from a storage ring. It can be bent for vertical focusing. The bandpass can be adjusted by choosing interchangeable first elements from an assortment of LSM's with different bandpasses (for example, ..delta..E/E = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1). The second LSM will consist of a multilayered structure with a 10% bandpass built onto a flexible substrate that can be bent for sagittal focusing. The result will be double focusing optics with an adjustable energy bandpass that are tunable from 5 to 30 keV.

  14. Single impacts of keV fullerene ions on free standing graphene: Emission of ions and electrons from confined volume.

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    Verkhoturov, Stanislav V; Geng, Sheng; Czerwinski, Bartlomiej; Young, Amanda E; Delcorte, Arnaud; Schweikert, Emile A

    2015-10-28

    We present the first data from individual C60 impacting one to four layer graphene at 25 and 50 keV. Negative secondary ions and electrons emitted in transmission were recorded separately from each impact. The yields for Cn (-) clusters are above 10% for n ? 4, they oscillate with electron affinities and decrease exponentially with n. The result can be explained with the aid of MD simulation as a post-collision process where sufficient vibrational energy is accumulated around the rim of the impact hole for sputtering of carbon clusters. The ionization probability can be estimated by comparing experimental yields of Cn (-) with those of Cn (0) from MD simulation, where it increases exponentially with n. The ionization probability can be approximated with ejecta from a thermally excited (3700 K) rim damped by cluster fragmentation and electron detachment. The experimental electron probability distributions are Poisson-like. On average, three electrons of thermal energies are emitted per impact. The thermal excitation model invoked for Cn (-) emission can also explain the emission of electrons. The interaction of C60 with graphene is fundamentally different from impacts on 3D targets. A key characteristic is the high degree of ionization of the ejecta. PMID:26520508

  15. Single impacts of keV fullerene ions on free standing graphene: Emission of ions and electrons from confined volume

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    Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Geng, Sheng; Czerwinski, Bartlomiej; Young, Amanda E.; Delcorte, Arnaud; Schweikert, Emile A.

    2015-10-01

    We present the first data from individual C60 impacting one to four layer graphene at 25 and 50 keV. Negative secondary ions and electrons emitted in transmission were recorded separately from each impact. The yields for Cn- clusters are above 10% for n ? 4, they oscillate with electron affinities and decrease exponentially with n. The result can be explained with the aid of MD simulation as a post-collision process where sufficient vibrational energy is accumulated around the rim of the impact hole for sputtering of carbon clusters. The ionization probability can be estimated by comparing experimental yields of Cn- with those of Cn0 from MD simulation, where it increases exponentially with n. The ionization probability can be approximated with ejecta from a thermally excited (3700 K) rim damped by cluster fragmentation and electron detachment. The experimental electron probability distributions are Poisson-like. On average, three electrons of thermal energies are emitted per impact. The thermal excitation model invoked for Cn- emission can also explain the emission of electrons. The interaction of C60 with graphene is fundamentally different from impacts on 3D targets. A key characteristic is the high degree of ionization of the ejecta.

  16. A new international geostationary electron model: IGE-2006, from 1 keV to 5.2 MeV

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    Sicard-Piet, A.; Bourdarie, S.; Boscher, D.; Friedel, R. H. W.; Thomsen, M.; Goka, T.; Matsumoto, H.; Koshiishi, H.

    2008-07-01

    Département Environnement Spatial, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) has been developing a model for the geostationary electron environment since 2003. Until now, this model was called Particle ONERA-LANL Environment (POLE), and it is valid from 30 keV up to 5.2 MeV. POLE is based on the full complement of Los Alamos National Laboratory geostationary satellites, covers the period 1976-2005, and takes into account the solar cycle variation. Over the period 1976 to present, four different detectors were flown: charged particle analyzer (CPA), synchronous orbit particle analyzer (SOPA), energetic spectra for particles (ESP), and magnetospheric plasma analyzer (MPA). Only the first three were used to develop the POLE model. Here we extend the energy coverage of the model to low energies using MPA measurements. We further include the data from the Japanese geostationary spacecraft, Data Relay Test Satellite (DRTS). These data are now combined into an extended geostationary electron model which we call IGE-2006.

  17. A Chandra Observation of 3C 288—Reheating the Cool Core of a 3 keV Cluster from a Nuclear Outburst at z = 0.246

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    Lal, D. V.; Kraft, R. P.; Forman, W. R.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Jones, C.; Nulsen, P. E. J.; Evans, D. A.; Croston, J. H.; Lee, J. C.

    2010-10-01

    We present results from a 42 ks Chandra/ACIS-S observation of the transitional FR I/FR II radio galaxy 3C 288 at z = 0.246. We detect ~3 keV gas extending to a radius of ~0.5 Mpc with a 0.5-2.0 keV luminosity of 6.6 × 1043 erg s-1, implying that 3C 288 lies at the center of a poor cluster. We find multiple surface brightness discontinuities in the gas indicative of either a shock driven by the inflation of the radio lobes or a recent merger event. The temperature across the discontinuities is roughly constant with no signature of a cool core, thus disfavoring either the merger cold front or sloshing scenarios. We argue therefore that the discontinuities are shocks due to the supersonic inflation of the radio lobes. If they are shocks, the energy of the outburst is ~1060 erg, or roughly 30% of the thermal energy of the gas within the radius of the shock, assuming that the shocks are part of a front produced by a single outburst. The cooling time of the gas is ~108 yr, so that the energy deposited by the nuclear outburst could have reheated and efficiently disrupted a cool core.

  18. Investigation on gamma-ray position sensitivity at 662 keV in a spectroscopic 3' x 3' LaBr3:Ce scintillator

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    Giaz, A.; Camera, F.; Birocchi, F.; Blasi, N.; Boiano, C.; Brambilla, S.; Coelli, S.; Fiorini, C.; Marone, A.; Million, B.; Riboldi, S.; Wieland, O.

    2015-02-01

    The position sensitivity of a thick, cylindrical and continuous 3" x 3" (7.62 cm x 7.62 cm) LaBr3:Ce crystal was studied using a 1 mm collimated beam of 662 keV gamma rays from a 400 MBq intense 137Cs source and a spectroscopic photomultiplier (PMT) (HAMAMATSU R6233-100SEL). The PMT entrance window was covered by black absorber except for a small window 1 cm x 1 cm wide. A complete scan of the detector over a 0.5 cm step grid was performed for three positions of the 1 cm x 1 cm window. For each configuration the energy spectrum was measured and the peak centroid, the FWHM, the area and peak asymmetry of the 662 keV gamma transition were analyzed. The data show that, even in a 3" thick LaBr3:Ce crystal with diffusive surfaces the position of the full energy peak centroid depends on the source position. We verified that, on average, the position of the full energy peak centroids measured in the three 1 cm x 1 cm window configurations is sufficient for the correct identification of the collimated gamma source position.

  19. 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.

  20. Microchannel plate pinhole camera for 20 to 100 keV x-ray imaging

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. No evidence of the 17-keV neutrino in the decay of [sup 71]Ge

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    DiGregorio, D.E.; Gil, S.; Huck, H.; Batista, E.R.; Ferrero, A.M.J.; Gattone, A.O. )

    1993-06-01

    We have measured the internal bremsstrahlung spectrum of the electron capture decay of [sup 71]Ge in search for a possible mass component of the emitted neutrino. The main relevance of this experiment is given by the collected statistics which is 20 times larger than in a previously published work studying the same decay. Analyses of the data exclude the presence of a massive component of 17.2[sub [minus]1.1][sup +1.3] keV and (1.6[plus minus]0.7)% mixing fraction claimed by Zlimen [ital et] [ital al]. for this same nucleus, at the 99.0% confidence level.

  3. NuSTAR AND CHANDRA INSIGHT INTO THE NATURE OF THE 3-40 keV NUCLEAR EMISSION IN NGC 253

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    Lehmer, B. D.; Wik, D. R.; Hornschemeier, A. E.; Ptak, A.; Leyder, J.-C.; Venters, T.; Zhang, W. W.; Antoniou, V.; Argo, M. K.; Bechtol, K.; Boggs, S.; Craig, W. W.; Krivonos, R.; Christensen, F. E.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Maccarone, T. J.; Stern, D.; Zezas, A.

    2013-07-10

    We present results from three nearly simultaneous Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and Chandra monitoring observations between 2012 September 2 and 2012 November 16 of the local star-forming galaxy NGC 253. The 3-40 keV intensity of the inner {approx}20 arcsec ({approx}400 pc) nuclear region, as measured by NuSTAR, varied by a factor of {approx}2 across the three monitoring observations. The Chandra data reveal that the nuclear region contains three bright X-ray sources, including a luminous (L{sub 2-10{sub keV}} {approx} few Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 39} erg s{sup -1}) point source located {approx}1 arcsec from the dynamical center of the galaxy (within the 3{sigma} positional uncertainty of the dynamical center); this source drives the overall variability of the nuclear region at energies {approx}>3 keV. We make use of the variability to measure the spectra of this single hard X-ray source when it was in bright states. The spectra are well described by an absorbed (N{sub H} Almost-Equal-To 1.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 23} cm{sup -2}) broken power-law model with spectral slopes and break energies that are typical of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), but not active galactic nuclei (AGNs). A previous Chandra observation in 2003 showed a hard X-ray point source of similar luminosity to the 2012 source that was also near the dynamical center ({theta} Almost-Equal-To 0.4 arcsec); however, this source was offset from the 2012 source position by Almost-Equal-To 1 arcsec. We show that the probability of the 2003 and 2012 hard X-ray sources being unrelated is >>99.99% based on the Chandra spatial localizations. Interestingly, the Chandra spectrum of the 2003 source (3-8 keV) is shallower in slope than that of the 2012 hard X-ray source. Its proximity to the dynamical center and harder Chandra spectrum indicate that the 2003 source is a better AGN candidate than any of the sources detected in our 2012 campaign; however, we were unable to rule out a ULX nature for this source. Future NuSTAR and Chandra monitoring would be well equipped to break the degeneracy between the AGN and ULX nature of the 2003 source, if again caught in a high state.

  4. 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.

  5. Dwarf Galaxy $?$-excess and 3.55 keV X-ray Line In A Nonthermal Dark Matter Model

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    Anirban Biswas; Debasish Majumdar; Probir Roy

    2015-07-16

    Recent data on the dwarf spheroidal galaxy, Reticulum II (RetII) have increased the energy range of the Fermi-LAT $\\gamma$-excess from $1-3$ GeV to $2-10$ GeV with a peak around 7 GeV. In order to fit this new range, a modification is required of our earlier unified nonthermal scalar Dark Matter (DM) model, proposed with two extra scalars beyond the Standard Model, to explain both the Fermi-LAT $\\gamma$-excess from the Galactic Centre and the XMM Newton Observatory 3.55 keV X-ray line. The mass of one of our extra scalars has to be increased from $50-80$ GeV to $250-300$ GeV $-$ changing both the seed mechanism for the $\\gamma$-excess and the Boltzmann equation for the generation of the DM relic density. We show, however, that with this increased scalar mass all concerned data for RetII and the X-ray line can be well-fitted.

  6. 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 1×10¹? to 3×10¹? 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 In?O? and Sb?O? 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.

  7. Construction of 144, 565 keV and 5.0 MeV monoenergetic neutron calibration fields at JAERI.

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    Tanimura, Y; Yoshizawa, M; Saegusa, J; Fujii, K; Shimizu, S; Yoshida, M; Shibata, Y; Uritani, A; Kudo, K

    2004-01-01

    Monoenergetic neutron calibration fields of 144, 565 keV and 5.0 MeV have been developed at the Facility of Radiation Standards of JAERI using a 4 MV Pelletron accelerator. The 7Li(p,n)7Be and 2H(d,n)3He reactions are employed for neutron production. The neutron energy was measured by the time-of-flight method with a liquid scintillation detector and calculated with the MCNP-ANT code. A long counter is employed as a neutron monitor because of the flat response. The monitor is set up where the influence of inscattered neutrons from devices and their supporting materials at a calibration point is as small as possible. The calibration coefficients from the monitor counts to the neutron fluence at a calibration point were obtained from the reference fluence measured with the transfer instrument of the primary standard laboratory (AIST), a 24.13 cm phi Bonner sphere counter. The traceability of the fields to AIST was established through the calibration. PMID:15353627

  8. Comparative Dosimetric Estimates of a 25 keV Electron Micro-beam with three Monte Carlo Codes

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    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.

  9. Realistic sterile neutrino dark matter with keV mass does not contradict cosmological bounds

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    Alexey Boyarsky; Julien Lesgourgues; Oleg Ruchayskiy; Matteo Viel

    2008-12-17

    Previous fits of sterile neutrino dark matter models to cosmological data assumed a peculiar production mechanism, which is not representative of the best-motivated particle physics models given current data on neutrino oscillations. These analyses ruled out sterile neutrino masses smaller than 8-10 keV. Here we focus on sterile neutrinos produced resonantly. We show that their cosmological signature can be approximated by that of mixed Cold plus Warm Dark Matter (CWDM). We use recent results on LambdaCWDM models to show that for each mass greater than or equal to 2 keV, there exists at least one model of sterile neutrino accounting for the totality of dark matter, and consistent with Lyman-alpha and other cosmological data. Resonant production occurs in the framework of the nuMSM (the extension of the Standard Model with three right-handed neutrinos). The models we checked to be allowed correspond to parameter values consistent with neutrino oscillation data, baryogenesis and all other dark matter bounds.

  10. 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.

  11. Lifetime measurement of the 167.1 keV state in {sup 41}Ar

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    White, E. R.; Mach, H.; Fraile, L. M.; Koester, U.; Arndt, O.; Blazhev, A.; Braun, N.; Fransen, C.; Jolie, J.; Boelaert, N.; Borge, M. J. G.; Boutami, R.; Reillo, E.-M.; Tengblad, O.; Bradley, H.; Dlouhy, Z.; Ugryumov, V.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Hinke, Ch.; Kroell, T.

    2007-11-15

    The Advanced-Time-Delayed method was used to measure lifetimes of the states in {sup 41}Ar populated in the {beta} decay of {sup 41}Cl. The nuclei {sup 41}Cl were produced at ISOLDE by 1.4-GeV proton bombardment of a thick UC{sub x} target and mass-separated as molecular ions, XeCl{sup +}. Our measured half-life of the 167.1-keV state, T{sub 1/2}=315(15) ps, is significantly lower than the previously measured value of 410(30) ps. We have also determined T{sub 1/2}=260(80) ps and T{sub 1/2}{<=}46 ps for the 515.9- and 1867.7-keV states, respectively. These are the shortest lifetimes measured so far with the ultrafast timing method using the new LaBr{sub 3}(Ce) crystals for {gamma}-ray detection.

  12. The positron density in the intergalactic medium and the galactic 511 keV line

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    A. Vecchio; A. C. Vincent; J. Miralda-Escude; C. Pena-Garay

    2013-04-01

    The 511 keV electron-positron annihilation line, most recently characterized by the INTEGRAL/SPI experiment, is highly concentrated towards the Galactic centre. Its origin remains unknown despite decades of scrutiny. We propose a novel scenario in which known extragalactic positron sources such as radio jets of active galactic nuclei (AGN) fill the intergalactic medium with MeV e+e- pairs, which are then accreted into the Milky Way. We show that interpreting the diffuse cosmic radio background (CRB) as arising from radio sources with characteristics similar to the observed cores and radio lobes in powerful AGN jets suggests that the intergalactic positron-to-electron ratio could be as high as 10^{-5}, although this can be decreased if the CRB is not all produced by pairs and if not all positrons escape to the intergalactic medium. Assuming an accretion rate of one solar mass per year of matter into the Milky Way, a positron-to-electron ratio of only 10^{-7} is already enough to account for much of the 511 keV emission of the Galaxy. A simple spherical accretion model predicts an emission profile highly peaked in the central bulge, consistent with INTEGRAL observations. However, a realistic model of accretion with angular momentum would likely imply a more extended emission over the disk, with uncertainties depending on the magnetic field structure and turbulence in the galactic halo.

  13. 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.

  14. The X-Ray Line Feature At 3.5 Kev In Galaxy Cluster Spectra

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    Phillips, K J H; Sylwester, J

    2015-01-01

    Recent work by Bulbul et al. and Boyarsky et al. has suggested that a line feature at approx. 3.5 keV in the X-ray spectra of galaxy clusters and individual galaxies seen with XMM-Newton is due to the decay of sterile neutrinos, a dark matter candidate. This identification has been criticized by Jeltema and Profumo on the grounds that model spectra suggest that atomic transitions in helium-like potassium (K XVIII) and chlorine (Cl XVI) are more likely to be the emitters. Here it is pointed out that the K XVIII lines have been observed in numerous solar flare spectra at high spectral resolution with the RESIK crystal spectrometer and also appear in Chandra HETG spectra of the coronally active star sigma Gem. In addition, the solar flare spectra at least indicate a mean coronal potassium abundance which is a factor of between 9 and 11 higher than the solar photospheric abundance. This fact, together with the low statistical quality of the XMM-Newton spectra, completely accounts for the approx. 3.5 keV feature a...

  15. 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 H? to H? 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.

  16. An efficient plane-grating monochromator based on conical diffraction for continuous tuning in the entire soft X-ray range including tender X-rays (2-8?keV).

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    Jark, Werner

    2016-01-01

    Recently it was verified that the diffraction efficiency of reflection gratings with rectangular profile, when illuminated at grazing angles of incidence with the beam trajectory along the grooves and not perpendicular to them, remains very high for tender X-rays of several keV photon energy. This very efficient operation of a reflection grating in the extreme off-plane orientation, i.e. in conical diffraction, offers the possibility of designing a conical diffraction monochromator scheme that provides efficient continuous photon energy tuning over rather large tuning ranges. For example, the tuning could cover photon energies from below 1000?eV up to 8?keV. The expected transmission of the entire instrument is high as all components are always operated below the critical angle for total reflection. In the simplest version of the instrument a plane grating is preceded by a plane mirror rotating simultaneously with it. The photon energy selection will then be made using the combination of a focusing mirror and exit slit. As is common for grating monochromators for soft X-ray radiation, the minimum spectral bandwidth is source-size-limited, while the bandwidth can be adjusted freely to any larger value. As far as tender X-rays (2-8?keV) are concerned, the minimum bandwidth is at least one and up to two orders of magnitude larger than the bandwidth provided by Si(111) double-crystal monochromators in a collimated beam. Therefore the instrument will provide more flux, which can even be increased at the expense of a bandwidth increase. On the other hand, for softer X-rays with photon energies below 1?keV, competitive relative spectral resolving powers of the order of 10000 are possible. PMID:26698063

  17. Enhanced nonlinear coupling in the keV x-ray range: Xe(L) hollow atom excitation with Xe(M) radiation at ?? ? 1 keV

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    Borisov, Alex B.; McCorkindale, John C.; Poopalasingam, Sankar; Longworth, James W.; Rhodes, Charles K.

    2015-08-01

    Anomalously enhanced nonlinear electromagnetic coupling can arise from ordered driven collective motions in many electron systems. The augmented strength of the interaction can be expressed as an effective increase in the fine structure constant ? in which ? ? Z2?, where Z specifies the number of electrons involved in the ordered response to the external field. The present work illustrates this phenomenon in the x-ray range with the observation of the 5-photon nonlinear excitation of Xe(L)* hollow atom states that are generated by intense (˜7 × 1015 W cm-2) Xe(M) radiation {? }{{M}} at ˜1 keV. The nonlinear cross section experimentally determined for the 5{? }{{M}} + Xe ? [Xeq+(L)]* + qe- amplitude is {? }5 ˜ 2 × 10-21 cm2. The matching theoretical cross section corresponds to Z = 18, an outcome indicating the participation of the full Xe(4d105s25p6) supershell, a dynamic feature of Xe that also plays a significant role in the linear photoionization of neutral Xe atoms in the kilovolt region. For the high-intensity 5? nonlinear coupling, the outcome for the Xe(L)* hollow atom excitation is an enhancement of the strength of the interaction by a factor of ˜1012 and, with Z2? > 1, a fundamentally new region of strong coupling is entered. The experimental value of {? }5 is likewise shown to be in very good accord with an earlier analysis that estimated the upper bound of cross sections for high-order multi-photon cross sections in the combined high-Z and high-intensity limit. These results forecast the general presence of comparably enhanced coupling strengths in the interaction of sufficiently intense (I ? 7 × 1015 W cm-2) x-rays with high-Z atoms and molecules.

  18. 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 ?? 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.

  19. Fragmentation of doubly charged HDO, H2O, and D2O molecules induced by proton and monocharged fluorine beam impact at 3 keV.

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    Martin, S; Chen, L; Brédy, R; Bernard, J; Cassimi, A

    2015-03-01

    Doubly charged ions HDO(2+), H2O(2+), and D2O(2+) were prepared selectively to triplet or singlet excited states in collisions with F(+) or H(+) projectiles at 3 keV. Excitation energies of dications following two-body or three-body dissociation channels were measured and compared with recent calculations using ab initio multi-reference configuration interaction method [Gervais et al., J. Chem. Phys. 131, 024302 (2009)]. For HDO(2+), preferential cleavage of O-H rather than O-D bond has been observed and the ratio between the populations of the fragmentation channels OD(+)_H(+) and OH(+)_D(+) were measured. The kinetic energy release has been measured and compared with previous experiments. PMID:25747080

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Interacting dark matter contribution to the galactic 511 keV gamma ray emission: constraining the morphology with INTEGRAL/SPI observations

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    Vincent, Aaron C.; Cline, James M.; Martin, Pierrick E-mail: pierrick.martin@obs.ujf-grenoble.fr

    2012-04-01

    We compare the full-sky morphology of the 511 keV gamma ray excess measured by the INTEGRAL/SPI experiment to predictions of models based on dark matter (DM) scatterings that produce low-energy positrons: either MeV-scale DM that annihilates directly into e{sup +}e{sup ?} pairs, or heavy DM that inelastically scatters into an excited state (XDM) followed by decay into e{sup +}e{sup ?} and the ground state. By direct comparison to the data, we find that such explanations are consistent with dark matter halo profiles predicted by numerical many-body simulations for a Milky Way-like galaxy. Our results favor an Einasto profile over the cuspier NFW distribution and exclude decaying dark matter scenarios whose predicted spatial distribution is too broad. We obtain a good fit to the shape of the signal using six fewer degrees of freedom than previous empirical fits to the 511 keV data. We find that the ratio of flux at Earth from the galactic bulge to that of the disk is between 1.9 and 2.4, taking into account that 73% of the disk contribution may be attributed to the beta decay of radioactive {sup 26}Al.

  5. M-L band x-rays (3-3.5 KeV) from palladium coated targets for isochoric radiative heating of thin foil samples

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    Kettle, B.; Dzelzainis, T.; White, S.; Li, L.; Rigby, A.; Spindloe, C.; Notley, M.; Heathcote, R.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Riley, D.

    2015-11-01

    We describe experiments designed to produce a bright M-L band x-ray source in the 3-3.5 keV region. Palladium targets irradiated with a 1015 W cm-2 laser pulse have previously been shown to convert up to ˜2% of the laser energy into M-L band x-rays with similar pulse duration to that of the incident laser. This x-ray emission is further characterized here, including pulse duration and source size measurements, and a higher conversion efficiency than previously achieved is demonstrated (˜4%) using more energetic and longer duration laser pulses (200 ps). The emission near the aluminium K-edge (1.465-1.550 keV) is also reported for similar conditions, along with the successful suppression of such lower band x-rays using a CH coating on the rear side of the target. The possibility of using the source to radiatively heat a thin aluminium foil sample to uniform warm dense matter conditions is discussed.

  6. Measurement of the {sup 13}C(?,n){sup 16}O reaction with the Trojan horse method: Focus on the sub threshold resonance at ?3 keV

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Guardo, G. L.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Romano, S.; Spartà, R.; Trippella, O.; Kiss, G. G.; Rogachev, G. V.; Avila, M.; Koshchiy, E.; Kuchera, A.; Santiago, D.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Lamia, L.

    2014-05-02

    The {sup 13}C(?,n){sup 16}O reaction is the neutron source of the main component of the s-process. The astrophysical S(E)-factor is dominated by the ?3 keV sub-threshold resonance due to the 6.356 MeV level in {sup 17}O. Its contribution is still controversial as extrapolations, e.g., through R-matrix calculations, and indirect techniques, such as the asymptotic normalization coefficient (ANC), yield inconsistent results. Therefore, we have applied the Trojan Horse Method (THM) to the {sup 13}C({sup 6}Li,n{sup 16}O)d reaction to measure its contribution. For the first time, the ANC for the 6.356 MeV level has been deduced through the THM, allowing to attain an unprecedented accuracy. 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, merging together two well establish indirect techniques, namely, the THM and the ANC.

  7. Microstructural investigation of alumina implanted with 30 keV nitrogen ions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shikha, Deep; Jha, Usha; Sinha, S. K.; Barhai, P. K.; Sarkhel, G.; Nair, K. G. M.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.; Kothari, D. C.

    2007-11-01

    Among ceramics, alumina is being widely used as biomaterials now these days. It is being used as hip joints, tooth roots etc. Ion implantation has been employed to modify its surface without changing it bulk properties. 30 keV nitrogen with varying ion dose ranging from 5 × 10 15 ions/cm 2 to 5 × 10 17 ions/cm 2 is implanted in alumina. Surface morphology has been studied with optical microscope and atomic force microscope (AFM). Improvement in brittleness has been observed with the increase in ion dose. Compound formation and changes in grain size have been studied using X-Ray diffraction (XRD). AlN compound formation is also observed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The change in the grain size is related with the nanohardness and Hall-Petch relationship is verified.

  8. 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.

  9. 200 keV Xe+ ions irradiation effects on Zr-Ti binary films

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    Wang, Weipeng; Chai, Maosheng; Feng, Wei; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2015-05-01

    200 keV Xenon irradiation experiments were performed on magnetron sputtered Zr-Ti films under different doses up to 9 * 1015 ions/cm2. XRD, FE-SEM, AFM, HRTEM, nano-indentation and white light interferometer characterizations were applied to study the structural and mechanical properties modification introduced by the bombardment. Upon Xenon irradiation, structure of film matrix kept stable while the crystallinity of the top surface degraded significantly. Meanwhile, properties of irradiated films such as hardness, modulus and sheet resistance evolved with the same tendency, i.e. increased firstly and decrease with further increasing the irradiation dose. By selective area irradiation, competition between the surface sputtering and swelling was revealed, by which surface defects evolution was highlighted. The micro-defects evolution during Xenon irradiation was believed to be responsible for the macro-properties' modification.

  10. 511 keV line from millisecond pulsars in the Galactic center

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    Wei Wang

    2006-12-21

    Observations of a strong and extended positron-electron annihilation line emission in the Galactic center (GC) region by the SPI/INTEGRAL are challenging to the existing models of positron sources in the Galaxy. In this paper, we study the possibility that pulsar winds from a millisecond pulsar population in the GC produce the 511 keV line. Our preliminary estimations predict that the e+/- annihilation rate in the GC is around 5 x 10E+42 sE-1, which is consistent with the present observational constraints. Therefore, the e+/- pairs from pulsar winds can contribute significantly to the positron sources in the Galactic center region. Furthermore, since the diffusion length of positrons is short in the magnetic field, we predict that the intensity distribution of the annihilation line should follow the distribution of millisecond pulsars, which should then correlate to the mass distribution in the GC.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Multigap RPC time resolution to 511 keV annihilation photons

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    Belli, G.; Gabusi, M.; Musitelli, G.; Nardò, R.; Ratti, S. P.; Tamborini, A.; Vitulo, P.

    2015-05-01

    The time resolution of Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers (MRPCs) to 511 keV gamma rays has been investigated using a 22Na source and four detectors. The MRPCs time resolution has been derived from the Time-of-Flight information, measured from pairs of space correlated triggered events. A GEANT4 simulation has been performed to analyze possible setup contributions and to support experimental results. A time resolution (FWHM) of 312 ps and 376 ps has been measured for a single MRPC with four 250 ?m gas gaps by considering respectively one and two independent pairs of detectors. These values, endorsed by the GEANT4 simulation, represent a good result compared to those reported in the literature.

  14. Fabrication and evaluation of transmissive multilayer optics for 8 keV x rays. [Zone plates

    SciTech Connect

    Bionta, R.M.; Jankowski, A.F.; Makowiecki, D.M.

    1987-12-01

    We have investigated an alternative technique for fabricating zone plates that operate in the 5 to 10 keV regime. Ultimately we plan to make zone plates by sputtering alternating layers of opaque and transparent materials onto a thin wire core, then slicing perpendicular to the core axis to produce many zone plates. This technique shows promise for making x-ray optical elements that can be used in industrial crystallography, microprobe and radiography equipment. In a previous publication we reported on the favorable comparison between the measured performance of an Al/Ta diffraction grating and our numerical simulation. In this report we concentrate on the fabrication techniques used to produce diffraction gratings and linear zone plates. 2 refs., 10 figs.

  15. 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; Hommelhoff, Peter; Baum, Peter

    2014-03-07

    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.

  16. 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).

  17. Ion source development for the proposed FNAL 750keV injector upgrade

    SciTech Connect

    Bollinger, D.S.; /Fermilab

    2010-11-01

    Currently there is a Proposed FNAL 750keV Injector Upgrade for the replacement of the 40 year old Fermi National Laboratory (FNAL) Cockcroft-Walton accelerators with a new ion source and 200MHz 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 >60mA of H- beam current, 15Hz rep-rate, 100s 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).

  18. Prospects for the CERN Axion Solar Telescope Sensitivity to 14.4 keV Axions

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    Kresimir Jakovcic; for the CAST Collaboration

    2006-11-15

    The CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) is searching for solar axions using the 9.0 T strong and 9.26 m long transverse magnetic field of a twin aperture LHC test magnet, where axions could be converted into X-rays via reverse Primakoff process. Here we explore the potential of CAST to search for 14.4 keV axions that could be emitted from the Sun in M1 nuclear transition between the first, thermally excited state, and the ground state of 57Fe nuclide. Calculations of the expected signals, with respect to the axion-photon coupling, axion-nucleon coupling and axion mass, are presented in comparison with the experimental sensitivity.

  19. 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.

  20. Subsurface channeling of keV ions between graphene layers: Molecular dynamics simulation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rosandi, Yudi; Nietiadi, Maureen L.; Urbassek, Herbert M.

    2015-03-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulation, we study the impact of 3 keV Xe ions at glancing incidence on a ? -SiC (111) surface covered by graphene. On top of a full graphene layer covering the substrate, we add a graphene half-layer; the step forming where the half-layer terminates allows the entrance of glancing-incidence ions into a subsurface channel between graphene layers. We find a high channeling probability which leads to only little sputtering and damage formation. Typically, vacancy defects are formed at periodic intervals when the ion hits the uppermost graphene layer from below. Extended damage occurs when the ion hits the step edge itself. There we find several kinds of defects varying from adatoms over the formation of s p1 -bonded chains to hillocks.

  1. 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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. Using the X-pinch x-ray source to Cross Calibrate new X-ray films with DEF from 1 - 10 keV

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  3. Evaluation of the ²³?Pu prompt fission neutron spectrum induced by neutrons of 500 keV and associated covariances

    SciTech Connect

    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 ²³?Pu 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,?) and (n,f) reactions, and show improvements for high-energy threshold (n,2n) reactions compared to ENDF/B-VII.1.

  4. Evaluation of the ²³?Pu prompt fission neutron spectrum induced by neutrons of 500 keV and associated covariances

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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 ²³?Pu 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 valuesmore »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,?) and (n,f) reactions, and show improvements for high-energy threshold (n,2n) reactions compared to ENDF/B-VII.1.« less

  5. Evaluation of the 239Pu prompt fission neutron spectrum induced by neutrons of 500 keV and associated covariances

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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,?) and (n,f) reactions, and show improvements for high-energy threshold (n,2n) reactions compared to ENDF/B-VII.1.

  6. New recommended ? ? for the Erc .m .=458 keV resonance in 22Ne(p ,? )23Na

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kelly, K. J.; Champagne, A. E.; Longland, R.; Buckner, M. Q.

    2015-09-01

    The Erc.m.=458 keV resonance in 22Ne(p ,? )23Na is an ideal reference resonance for measurements of cross sections and resonance strengths in noble gas targets. We report on a new measurement of the strength of this resonance. Data analysis employed the TFractionFitter class of root combined with geant simulations of potential decay cascades from this resonance. This approach allowed us to extract precise primary branching ratios for decays from the resonant state, including a new primary branch to the 7082-keV state in 23Na. Our new resonance strength of ? ? (458 keV) = 0.583(43) eV is more than 1 ? higher than a recent high-precision result that relied on literature branching ratios.

  7. Under the Shadow of the Magellanic Bridge: A Measurement of the Extragalactic Background at $\\sim 0.7$~keV

    E-print Network

    Q. Daniel Wang; Taisheng Ye

    1996-08-26

    We measured the extragalactic 0.7 keV X-ray background by observing the X-ray shadow of a neutral gas cloud in the Magellanic Bridge region. Two \\rosat PSPC observations of total 104~ks were complemented by a detailed H I mapping of the cloud with both the Parkes 64~m telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. From the detected anti-correlation between the observed background intensity and the \\ion{H}{1} column density of the cloud, we derived the unabsorbed extragalactic background intensity as 28 keV s^{-1} cm^{-2} keV^{-1} sr^{-1} at 0.7~keV. The 95% confidence lower limit 18 keV s^{-1} cm^{-2} keV^ {-1} sr^{-1}} is greater than the expected point-like source contribution < 14 keV s^{-1} cm^{-2} keV^{-1} sr^{-1}, constrained by the mean source spectrum together with the total background intensity in the 1-2 keV band. A significant fraction of the 0.7 keV background likely arises in a diffuse hot intergalactic medium of a few million degrees, as has been predicted in hydrodynamic simulations of cosmological structure formation.

  8. E0 = 20 keV EDS records the entire spectrum. It is very appealing to directly and

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    / (dE/ds) dE E0 Ec = fluorescence yield NA = Avogadro's number = density Ci = mass concentration of i Entry Angle: 90.00 Beam keV: 20.00 Number of elements: 4 Elem & Line k-Value Conc. Z A F SiKA1 0.0040 0.00 Beam Entry Angle: 90.00 Beam keV: 20.00 Number of elements: 4 Elem & Line k-Value Conc. Z A F SiKA1 0

  9. Heavy concerns about the light axino explanation of the 3.5 keV X-ray line

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    Colucci, Stefano; Dreiner, Herbi K.; Staub, Florian; Ubaldi, Lorenzo

    2015-11-01

    An unidentified 3.5 keV line from X-ray observations of galaxy clusters has been reported recently. Although still under scrutiny, decaying dark matter could be responsible for this signal. We investigate whether an axino with a mass of 7 keV could explain the line, keeping the discussion as model independent as possible. We point out several obstacles, which were overlooked in the literature, and which make the axino an unlikely candidate. The only viable scenario predicts a light metastable neutralino, with a mass between 0.1 and 10 GeV and a lifetime between 10-3 and 104 s.

  10. Measurement of the MACS of 159Tb(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.

    2014-06-01

    The measurement of the Maxwellian-Averaged Cross-Section (MACS) of the 159Tb(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 2166 ± 181 mb agrees well with the MACS value derived from the ENDF/B-VII.1 evaluation, but is higher than KADoNiS recommended value of 1580 ± 150 mb. Astrophysical implications are studied.

  11. 511 keV $?$-ray emission from the galactic bulge by MeV millicharged dark matter

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    Ji-Haeng Huh; Jihn E. Kim; Jong-Chul Park; Seong Chan Park

    2008-09-11

    We propose a possible explanation for the recently observed anomalous 511 keV line with a new "millicharged" fermion. This new fermion is light [${\\cal O}({\\rm MeV})$]. Nevertheless, it has never been observed by any collider experiments by virtue of its tiny electromagnetic charge $\\epsilon e$. In particular, we constrain parameters of this millicharged particle if the 511 keV cosmic $\\gamma$-ray emission from the galactic bulge is due to positron production from this new particle.

  12. In-Flight Performance of the Balloon-Borne High Energy Focusing Telescope C. M. Hubert Chena

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    telescopes in the hard X-ray band (above 10 keV), achieving orders of magnitude improvements in sensitivity-coated grazing incidence telescopes that operate from 6 to 68 keV. It is among the first generation of focusing several celestial targets at energies above the atmospheric cutoff at about 20 keV. Payload: I HEFT

  13. The NuSTAR Extragalactic Surveys: First Direct Measurements of the >10 keV X-Ray Luminosity Function for Active Galactic Nuclei at z>0.1

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    Aird, J; Ballantyne, D R; Civano, F; Del-Moro, A; Hickox, R C; Lansbury, G B; Mullaney, J R; Bauer, F E; Brandt, W N; Comastri, A; Fabian, A C; Gandhi, P; Harrison, F A; Luo, B; Stern, D; Treister, E; Zappacosta, L; Ajello, M; Assef, R; Boggs, S E; Brightman, M; Christensen, F E; Craig, W W; Elvis, M; Forster, K; Balokovic, M; Grefenstette, B W; Hailey, C J; Koss, M; LaMassa, S M; Madsen, K K; Puccetti, S; Saez, C; Urry, C M; Wik, D R; Zhang, W

    2015-01-01

    We present the first direct measurements of the rest-frame 10-40 keV X-ray luminosity function (XLF) of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs) based on a sample of 94 sources at 0.1 < z <3, selected at 8-24 keV energies from sources in the NuSTAR extragalactic survey program. Our results are consistent with the strong evolution of the AGN population seen in prior, lower-energy studies of the XLF. However, different models of the intrinsic distribution of absorption, which are used to correct for selection biases, give significantly different predictions for the total number of sources in our sample, leading to small, systematic differences in our binned estimates of the XLF. Adopting a model with a lower intrinsic fraction of Compton-thick sources and a larger population of sources with column densities N_H ~ 10^{23-24} /cm2 or a model with stronger Compton reflection component (with a relative normalization of R ~ 2 at all luminosities) can bring extrapolations of the XLF from 2-10 keV into agreement with our N...

  14. Fission cross-section measurements of sup 247 Cm, sup 250 Cf, and sup 254 Es from 0. 1 eV to 80 keV

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    Lougheed, R.W.; Hoff, R.W. ); Moore, M.S. ); Danon, Y.; Slovacek, R.E.; Block, R.C.

    1990-06-01

    Fission cross-section measurements were made with the RINS system in the neutron energy range from {approximately} 0.1 eV to 80 keV on samples of {sup 247}Cm, {sup 250}Cf, and {sup 254}Es. The {sup 247}Cm measurement was undertaken to complete the RINS fission cross-section measurement sequence of the curium isotopes, {sup 254}Es was measured because it is a very heavy odd-odd nucleus that might show interesting nuclear structure effects in its fission cross section, and {sup 250}Cf was measured to account for its buildup as a daughter product from the 276-day half-life {sup 254}Es.

  15. Experimental evidence for dielectronic excitation producing Ne {ital K} vacancies in 35-keV N{sup 7+}+Ne collisions

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    Fremont, F.; Bedouet, C.; Chesnel, J.Y.; Merabet, H.; Husson, X.; Grether, M.; Spieler, A.; Stolterfoht, N.

    1996-12-01

    The method of Auger electron spectroscopy was utilized to measure cross sections for the production of {ital K}-Auger electrons in N{sup 7+}+Ne and N{sup 6+}+Ne collisions at an impact energy of 35 keV. In addition to the {ital K}-Auger electrons from the nitrogen projectile following multiple electron capture, {ital K}-Auger electrons of the Ne target are observed for the system N{sup 7+}+Ne. This observation is attributed to dielectronic excitation, produced by electron-electron interaction, where a {ital K}- and an {ital L}-shell electron of Ne are transferred into the {ital K} shell of N{sup 7+}. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  16. A comparative study of defects in LiF implanted with 100 KeV Al, Mg and Ar by slow Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Sendezera, E. J.; Davidson, A. T.; Kozakiewicz, A. G.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Nicht, E. H.

    The fluence-dependent evolution of defects in LiF implanted at room temperature with Al+, Mg+, Ar+ ions is measured using the slow positron beam technique. Samples were implanted with 100 KeV ions to doses of 1015 and 1016 cm-2. Doppler broadened spectra of positron annihilation as a function of positron incident energy are measured and are analyzed by the computer program VEPFIT. The depth profiles of the defect distribution are presented and discussed as a function of dose and nature of the implanted ions. The Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) results are correlated with optical absorption measurements on the crystals, and are shown to provide important information about the spatial extent of defects in ion-implanted samples.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. On the keV sterile neutrino search in electron capture

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    Filianin, P. E.; Blaum, K.; Eliseev, S. A.; Gastaldo, L.; Novikov, Yu N.; Shabaev, V. M.; Tupitsyn, I. I.; Vergados, J.

    2014-09-01

    A joint effort of cryogenic microcalorimetry (CM) and high-precision Penning-trap mass spectrometry (PT-MS) in investigating atomic orbital electron capture (EC) can shed light on the possible existence of heavy sterile neutrinos with masses from 0.5 to 100 keV. Sterile neutrinos are expected to perturb the shape of the atomic de-excitation spectrum measured by CM after a capture of the atomic orbital electrons by a nucleus. This effect should be observable in the ratios of the capture probabilities from different orbits. The sensitivity of the ratio values to the contribution of sterile neutrinos strongly depends on how accurately the mass difference between the parent and the daughter nuclides of EC transitions can be measured by, for example, PT-MS. A comparison of such probability ratios in different isotopes of a certain chemical element allows one to exclude many systematic uncertainties, and thus could make feasible a determination of the contribution of sterile neutrinos on a level below 1%. Several electron capture transitions suitable for such measurements are discussed.

  1. 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.

    1986-01-01

    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.

  2. Defects in 700 keV oxygen ion irradiated ZnO

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    Pal, S.; Sarkar, A.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Chakrabarti, Mahuya; Sanyal, D.; Kumar, P.; Kanjilal, D.; Rakshit, T.; Ray, S. K.; Jana, D.

    2013-09-01

    It is well known that energetic oxygen ions induce heavy crystalline disorder in ZnO, however, systematic study on this regard is very much limited. Here, we present photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption and sheet resistance measurements on poly and single crystalline ZnO samples irradiated with 700 keV O ions. Results have been compared with the effects of 1.2 MeV Ar irradiation on similar ZnO target. Colour change of the samples with increasing O irradiation fluence has also been noted. Non-monotonic variation of room temperature sheet resistance with the increase of fluence has been observed for polycrystalline ZnO. Such an outcome has been understood as point defects transforming to bigger size clusters. Near band edge (NBE) PL emission is largely reduced due to O ion irradiation. However, at 10 K NBE emission can be observed for irradiated polycrystalline samples. Irradiated ZnO single crystal does not show any band to band transition even at 10 K. It is evident that dynamic recovery of defects is more effective in polycrystalline samples. Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of the irradiated ZnO crystal show pronounced sub-band gap absorption. Oxygen irradiation generated new absorption band in ZnO is at 3.05 eV. In the light of earlier reports, this particular band can be ascribed to absorption by neutral oxygen vacancy defects.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Operation of a 0.21.1 keV ion source within a magnetized laboratory plasma

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    Carter, Troy

    is illustrated in Fig. 1 a . The background ar- gon plasma is produced by a 75-cm-diam cathode at one end, a source is inserted into the plasma and injects FIs on orbits that spiral toward the distant cathodeOperation of a 0.2­1.1 keV ion source within a magnetized laboratory plasma H. Boehmer, D. Edrich

  6. Production of a keV X-Ray Beam from Synchrotron Radiation in Relativistic Laser-Plasma Interaction

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    Umstadter, Donald

    of the laser pulse, the accelerated electrons undergo betatron oscillations, generating a femtosecond pulse. As the relativistic electrons propagate through these fields, they can undergo oscillations--called betatronProduction of a keV X-Ray Beam from Synchrotron Radiation in Relativistic Laser-Plasma Interaction

  7. 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.

  8. Model-independent analysis of dark matter points to a particle mass at the keV scale

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    de Vega, H. J.; Sanchez, N. G.

    2010-05-01

    We present a model-independent analysis of dark matter (DM) decoupling both ultrarelativistically (UR) and non-relativistically (NR) based on the DM phase-space density . We derive explicit formulae for the DM particle mass m and for the number of ultrarelativistic degrees of freedom gd at decoupling. We find that for DM particles decoupling UR both at local thermal equilibrium (LTE) and out of LTE, m turns out to be in the keV scale. For example, for DM Majorana fermions decoupling at LTE the resulting mass is m ~= 0.85 keV. For DM particles decoupling NR, results in the keV scale (Td is the decoupling temperature) and the value of m is consistent with the keV scale. In all cases, DM turns out to be cold DM (CDM). In addition, lower and upper bounds on the DM annihilation cross-section for NR decoupling are derived. We evaluate the free-streaming (Jeans) wavelength and Jeans mass: they are independent of the type of DM except for the DM self-gravity dynamics. The free-streaming wavelength today turns to be in the kpc range. These results are based on our theoretical analysis, on astronomical observations of dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies in the Milky Way and on N-body numerical simulations. We analyse and discuss the results for from analytic approximate formulae for both linear fluctuations and the (non-linear) spherical model and from N-body simulations results. In this way we obtain upper bounds for the DM particle mass, which are all below the 100-keV range.

  9. 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.].

  10. 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.

  11. High-brightness, high-spatial-resolution, 6.151 keV x-ray imaging of inertial confinement fusion capsule implosion and complex hydrodynamics experiments on Sandia's Z accelerator (invited)

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    Bennett, G. R.; Sinars, D. B.; Wenger, D. F.; Cuneo, M. E.; Adams, R. G.; Barnard, W. J.; Beutler, D. E.; Burr, R. A.; Campbell, D. V.; Claus, L. D.; Foresi, J. S.; Johnson, D. W.; Keller, K. L.; Lackey, C.; Leifeste, G. T.; McPherson, L. A.; Mulville, T. D.; Neely, K. A.; Rambo, P. K.; Rovang, D. C.; Ruggles, L. E.; Porter, J. L.; Simpson, W. W.; Smith, I. C.; Speas, C. S.

    2006-10-01

    When used for the production of an x-ray imaging backlighter source on Sandia National Laboratories' 20MA, 100ns rise-time Z accelerator [M. K. Matzen et al., Phys. Plasmas 12, 055503 (2005)], 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, Mn -He? curved-crystal imager [D. B. Sinars et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 3672 (2004)], is capable of providing a high quality x radiograph per Z shot for various high-energy-density physics experiments. Enhancements to this imaging system during 2005 have led to the capture of inertial confinement fusion capsule implosion and complex hydrodynamics images of significantly higher quality. The three main improvements, all leading effectively to enhanced image plane brightness, were bringing the source inside the Rowland circle to approximately double the collection solid angle, replacing direct exposure film with Fuji BAS-TR2025 image plate (read with a Fuji BAS-5000 scanner), and generating a 0.3-0.6ns, ˜200J prepulse 2ns before the 1.0ns, ˜1kJ main pulse to more than double the 6.151keV flux produced compared with a single 1kJ pulse. It appears that the 20±5?m imaging resolution is limited by the 25?m scanning resolution of the BAS-5000 unit, and to this end, a higher resolution scanner will replace it. ZBL is presently undergoing modifications to provide two temporally separated images ("two-frame") per Z shot for this system before the accelerator closes down in summer 2006 for the Z-refurbished (ZR) upgrade. In 2008, after ZR, it is anticipated that the high-energy petawatt (HEPW) addition to ZBL will be completed, possibly allowing high-energy 11.2224 and 15.7751keV K?1 curved-crystal imaging to be performed. With an ongoing several-year project to develop a highly sensitive multiframe ultrafast digital x-ray camera (MUDXC), it is expected that two-frame HEPW 11 and 16keV imaging and four-frame ZBL 6.151keV curved-crystal imaging will be possible. MUDXC will be based on the technology of highly cooled silicon and germanium photodiode arrays and ultrafast, radiation-hardened integrated circuitry.

  12. 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.

  13. The 2-79 keV X-ray spectrum of the Circinus galaxy with NuSTAR, XMM-Newton, and Chandra: a fully Compton-thick active galactic nucleus

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    Arévalo, P.; Bauer, F. E.; Puccetti, S.; Walton, D. J.; Fuerst, F.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Harrison, F. A.; Madsen, K. K.; Koss, M.; Boggs, S. E.; Craig, W. W.; Brandt, W. N.; Luo, B.; Brightman, M.; Christensen, F. E.; Comastri, A.; Gandhi, P.; Hailey, C. J.; Madejski, G.; and others

    2014-08-20

    The Circinus galaxy is one of the closest obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs), making it an ideal target for detailed study. Combining archival Chandra and XMM-Newton data with new NuSTAR observations, we model the 2-79 keV spectrum to constrain the primary AGN continuum and to derive physical parameters for the obscuring material. Chandra's high angular resolution allows a separation of nuclear and off-nuclear galactic emission. In the off-nuclear diffuse emission, we find signatures of strong cold reflection, including high equivalent-width neutral Fe lines. This Compton-scattered off-nuclear emission amounts to 18% of the nuclear flux in the Fe line region, but becomes comparable to the nuclear emission above 30 keV. The new analysis no longer supports a prominent transmitted AGN component in the observed band. We find that the nuclear spectrum is consistent with Compton scattering by an optically thick torus, where the intrinsic spectrum is a power law of photon index ? = 2.2-2.4, the torus has an equatorial column density of N {sub H} = (6-10) × 10{sup 24} cm{sup –2}, and the intrinsic AGN 2-10 keV luminosity is (2.3-5.1) × 10{sup 42} erg s{sup –1}. These values place Circinus along the same relations as unobscured AGNs in accretion rate versus ? and L{sub X} versus L {sub IR} phase space. NuSTAR's high sensitivity and low background allow us to study the short timescale variability of Circinus at X-ray energies above 10 keV for the first time. The lack of detected variability favors a Compton-thick absorber, in line with the spectral fitting results.

  14. 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 ? 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.

  15. 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; Raassen, A J J; Mullen, P D; Cumbee, R S; Lyons, D; Stancil, P C

    2015-01-01

    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 > 8 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 kpc^3 between a ~3 keV temperature plasma and cold dense clouds moving at a few hundred km/s. The S XVI lines at ~3.5 keV also provide a unique diagnostic of the charge exchange phenomenon in hot cosmic plasmas.

  16. Diagnostics for the optimization of an 11 keV inverse Compton scattering x-ray source

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    Chauchat, A.-S.; Brasile, J.-P; Le Flanchec, V.; Negre, J.-P.; Binet, A.; Ortega, J.-M.

    2013-04-19

    In a scope of a collaboration between Thales Communications and Security and CEA DAM DIF, 11 keV Xrays were produced by inverse Compton scattering on the ELSA facility. In this type of experiment, X-ray observation lies in the use of accurate electron and laser beam interaction diagnostics and on fitted X-ray detectors. The low interaction probability between < 100 {mu}m width, 12 ps [rms] length electron and photon pulses requires careful optimization of pulse spatial and temporal covering. Another issue was to observe 11 keV X-rays in the ambient radioactive noise of the linear accelerator. For that, we use a very sensitive detection scheme based on radio luminescent screens.

  17. Angular distribution of Au and U L x-rays induced by 22.6-keV photons

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    Santra, S.; Mitra, D.; Sarkar, M.; Bhattacharya, D.

    2007-02-15

    The angular distribution of the L x-ray fluorescent lines from Au and U induced by 22.6-keV x rays from a {sup 109}Cd has been measured. A Si(Li) detector having a resolution of 160 eV at 5.90 keV was used to detect these L lines over the angular range of 70 degree sign -150 degree sign . No strong anisotropy was observed as mentioned by some groups. In the case of Au, a maximum anisotropy of 5% was observed while for U it was within experimental errors (2%). From the angular distribution of the L1 line of Au, the alignment parameter was obtained and its value was found to be 0.10{+-}0.14.

  18. THM determination of the 65 keV resonance strength intervening in the 17O ( p ,?)14N reaction rate

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    Sergi, M. L.; Spitaleri, C.; Burjan, S. V.; Cherubini, S.; Coc, A.; Gulino, M.; Hammache, F.; Hons, Z.; Irgaziev, B.; Kiss, G. G.; Kroha, V.; La Cognata, M.; Lamia, L.; Mukhamedzhanov, A.; Pizzone, R. G.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; de Séréville, N.; Somorjai, E.; Tumino, A.

    2015-02-01

    The 17O ( p ,?)14N reaction is of paramount importance for the nucleosynthesis in a number of stellar sites, including red giants (RG), asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, massive stars and classical novae. We report on the indirect study of the 17O ( p ,?)14N reaction via the Trojan Horse Method by applying the approach recently developed for extracting the resonance strength of the narrow resonance at Ec.m.R = 65 keV (EX =5.673 MeV). The strength of the 65 keV resonance in the 17O ( p ,?)14N reaction, measured by means of the THM, has been used to renormalize the corresponding resonance strength in the 17O + p radiative capture channel.

  19. APEX: Positive evidence for sharp 800 keV pairs from heavy ion collisions near the Coulomb barrier

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    James J. Griffin

    1997-03-09

    The best fit to the published APEX U+Th data describes a sharp line of 123 pairs of width 23 keV at 793$\\pm$7 keV; also, the data impose a positive 99.0%CL lower bound of 23 sharp pairs. It is therefore untenable to argue from the APEX data against the existence of sharp pairs. Data-only ratios APEX/EPOS pair counts show empirically that the two experiments' pair data are mutually consistent and of comparable statistical potency: conflicts, if any, can be resolved only by other independent evidence. A perspective is offered on the current status of the Sharp Lepton Problem, and alternative non-heavy-ion experimental approaches to it are recommended.

  20. Diagnostics for the optimization of an 11 keV inverse Compton scattering x-ray source

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    Chauchat, A.-S.; Brasile, J.-P.; Le Flanchec, V.; Nègre, J.-P.; Binet, A.; Ortega, J.-M.

    2013-04-01

    In a scope of a collaboration between Thales Communications & Security and CEA DAM DIF, 11 keV Xrays were produced by inverse Compton scattering on the ELSA facility. In this type of experiment, X-ray observation lies in the use of accurate electron and laser beam interaction diagnostics and on fitted X-ray detectors. The low interaction probability between < 100 ?m width, 12 ps [rms] length electron and photon pulses requires careful optimization of pulse spatial and temporal covering. Another issue was to observe 11 keV X-rays in the ambient radioactive noise of the linear accelerator. For that, we use a very sensitive detection scheme based on radio luminescent screens.

  1. Electron-positron pair production near the Galactic Centre and the 511 keV emission line

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    Chan, Man Ho

    2015-01-01

    Recent observations indicate that a high production rate of positrons (strong 511 keV line) and a significant amount of excess GeV gamma-ray exist in our Galactic bulge. The latter issue can be explained by $\\sim 40$ GeV dark matter annihilation through $b \\bar{b}$ channel while the former one remains a mystery. On the other hand, recent studies reveal that a large amount of high density gas might exist near the Galactic Centre million years ago to account for the young, massive stars extending from 0.04 pc - 7 pc. In this article, I propose a new scenario and show that the 40 GeV dark matter annihilation model can also explain the required positron production rate (511 keV line) in the bulge due to the existence of the high density gas cloud near the supermassive black hole long time ago.

  2. The determination of absolute intensity of 234mPa's 1001 keV gamma emission using Monte Carlo simulation.

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    Begy, Robert-Csaba; Cosma, Constantin; Timar, Alida; Fulea, Dan

    2009-05-01

    The 1001 keV gamma line of (234m)Pa became important in gamma spectrometric measurements of samples with (238)U content with the advent of development of HpGe detectors of great dimension and high efficiency. In this study the emission probability of the 1001 keV (Y(gamma)) peak of (234m)Pa, was determined by gamma-ray spectrometric measurements performed on glass with Uranium content using Monte Carlo simulation code for efficiency calibration. This method of calculation was not applied for the values quoted in literature so far, at least to our knowledge. The measurements gave an average of 0.836 +/- 0.022%, a value that is in very good agreement to some of the recent results previously presented. PMID:19384056

  3. Constraints on dark matter and the shape of the Milky Way dark halo from the 511 keV line

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    Y. Ascasibar; P. Jean; C. Boehm; J. Knoedlseder

    2006-09-07

    About one year ago, it was speculated that decaying or annihilating Light Dark Matter (LDM) particles could explain the flux and extension of the 511 keV line emission in the galactic centre. Here we present a thorough comparison between theoretical expectations of the galactic positron distribution within the LDM scenario and observational data from INTEGRAL/SPI. Unlike previous analyses, there is now enough statistical evidence to put tight constraints on the shape of the dark matter halo of our galaxy, if the galactic positrons originate from dark matter. For annihilating candidates, the best fit to the observed 511 keV emission is provided by a radial density profile with inner logarithmic slope gamma=1.03+-0.04. In contrast, decaying dark matter requires a much steeper density profile, gamma>1.5, rather disfavoured by both observations and numerical simulations. Within the annihilating LDM scenario, a velocity-independent cross-section would be consistent with the observational data while a cross-section purely proportional to v^2 can be rejected at a high confidence level. Assuming the most simplistic model where the galactic positrons are produced as primaries, we show that the LDM candidate should be a scalar rather than a spin-1/2 particle and obtain a very stringent constraint on the value of the positron production cross-section to explain the 511 keV emission. One consequence is that the value of the fine structure constant should differ from that recommended in the CODATA. This is a very strong test for the LDM scenario and an additional motivation in favour of experiments measuring alpha directly. Our results finally indicate that an accurate measurement of the shape of the dark halo profile could have a tremendous impact on the determination of the origin of the 511 keV line and vice versa.

  4. Response of diamond particle detector using x-ray injection @ NSLS-X15A (19 keV)

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    McDonald, Kirk

    Response of diamond particle detector using x-ray injection @ NSLS-X15A (19 keV) T. Tsang BNL Nov-ray beam size: 0.2 x 0.2 mm2 Measured results Transmittance of Au pad: 0.92 Absorption of diamond: 0.0672 Typical photocurrent (ave): ~nA Diamond responsivity: 0.00464 A/W detector response map x-ray injection

  5. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients of some boron ores at 59.54keV by using scintillation detector.

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    Demir, Faruk

    2010-01-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients of the 59.54keV radiation of (241)Am point source in boron ores such as tincal, ulexite and colemanite were determined experimentally by a scintillation detector and theoretically. Since boron ores contain boron, hydrogen, and a lot of elements, they may be used as shielding against neutrons and gammas simultaneously, e.g. for shielding (241)Am/Be neutron sources, as they emit both gammas and neutrons. PMID:19800806

  6. TRACKING DOWN THE SOURCE POPULATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UNRESOLVED COSMIC 6-8 keV BACKGROUND

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    Xue, Y. Q.; Wang, S. X.; Brandt, W. N.; Luo, B.; Schneider, D. P.; Young, M.; Alexander, D. M.; Bauer, F. E.; Comastri, A.; Gilli, R.; Fabian, A. C.; Lehmer, B. D.; Vignali, C.

    2012-10-20

    Using the 4 Ms Chandra Deep Field-South (CDF-S) survey, we have identified a sample of 6845 X-ray-undetected galaxies that dominates the unresolved Almost-Equal-To 20%-25% of the 6-8 keV cosmic X-ray background (XRB). This sample was constructed by applying mass and color cuts to sources from a parent catalog based on GOODS-South Hubble Space Telescope z-band imaging of the central 6'radius area of the 4 Ms CDF-S. The stacked 6-8 keV detection is significant at the 3.9{sigma} level, but the stacked emission was not detected in the 4-6 keV band, which indicates the existence of an underlying population of highly obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Further examinations of these 6845 galaxies indicate that the galaxies on the top of the blue cloud and with redshifts of 1 {approx}< z {approx}< 3, magnitudes of 25 {approx}< z {sub 850} {approx}< 28, and stellar masses of 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} {approx}< M {sub *}/M {sub Sun} {approx}< 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 9} make the majority contributions to the unresolved 6-8 keV XRB. Such a population is seemingly surprising given that the majority of the X-ray-detected AGNs reside in massive ({approx}> 10{sup 10} M {sub Sun }) galaxies. We discuss constraints upon this underlying AGN population, supporting evidence for relatively low mass galaxies hosting highly obscured AGNs, and prospects for further boosting the stacked signal.

  7. New Observations of the Solar 0.5-5 keV Soft X-ray Spectrum

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    Caspi, Amir; Warren, Harry P

    2015-01-01

    The solar corona is orders of magnitude hotter than the underlying photosphere, but how the corona attains such high temperatures is still not understood. Soft X-ray (SXR) emission provides important diagnostics for thermal processes in the high-temperature corona, and is also an important driver of ionospheric dynamics at Earth. There is a crucial observational gap between ~0.2 and ~4 keV, outside the ranges of existing spectrometers. We present observations from a new SXR spectrometer, the Amptek X123-SDD, which measured the spatially-integrated solar spectral irradiance from ~0.5 to ~5 keV, with ~0.15 keV FWHM resolution, during sounding rocket flights on 2012 June 23 and 2013 October 21. These measurements show that the highly variable SXR emission is orders of magnitude greater than that during the deep minimum of 2009, even with only weak activity. The observed spectra show significant high-temperature (5-10 MK) emission and are well fit by simple power-law temperature distributions with indices of ~6, ...

  8. The X-Ray Line Feature at 3.5 KeV in Galaxy Cluster Spectra

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    Phillips, K. J. H.; Sylwester, B.; Sylwester, J.

    2015-08-01

    Recent work by Bulbul et al. and Boyarsky et al. has suggested that a line feature at ?3.5 keV in the X-ray spectra of galaxy clusters and individual galaxies seen with XMM-Newton is due to the decay of sterile neutrinos, a dark matter candidate. This identification has been criticized by Jeltema & Profumo on the grounds that model spectra suggest that atomic transitions in helium-like potassium (K xviii) and chlorine (Cl xvi) are more likely to be the emitters. Here it is pointed out that the K xviii lines have been observed in numerous solar flare spectra at high spectral resolution with the RESIK crystal spectrometer and also appear in Chandra HETG spectra of the coronally active star ? Gem. In addition, the solar flare spectra at least indicate a mean coronal potassium abundance, which is a factor between 9 and 11 higher than the solar photospheric abundance. This fact, together with the low statistical quality of the XMM-Newton spectra, completely account for the ?3.5 keV feature and there is therefore no need to invoke a sterile neutrino interpretation of the observed line feature at ?3.5 keV.

  9. Galaxy Clusters in the Swift/BAT era II: 10 more Clusters detected above 15 keV

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    Ajello, M.; Rebusco, P.; Cappelluti, N.; Reimer, O.; Boehringer, H.; La Parola, V.; Cusumano, G.; ,

    2010-10-27

    We report on the discovery of 10 additional galaxy clusters detected in the ongoing Swift/BAT all-sky survey. Among the newly BAT-discovered clusters there are: Bullet, Abell 85, Norma, and PKS 0745-19. Norma is the only cluster, among those presented here, which is resolved by BAT. For all the clusters we perform a detailed spectral analysis using XMM-Newton and Swift/BAT data to investigate the presence of a hard (non-thermal) X-ray excess. We find that in most cases the clusters emission in the 0.3-200 keV band can be explained by a multi-temperature thermal model confirming our previous results. For two clusters (Bullet and Abell 3667) we find evidence for the presence of a hard X-ray excess. In the case of the Bullet cluster, our analysis confirms the presence of a non-thermal, power-law like, component with a 20-100 keV flux of 3.4 x 10{sup -12} erg cm{sup -2} s{sup -1} as detected in previous studies. For Abell 3667 the excess emission can be successfully modeled as a hot component (kT = {approx}13 keV). We thus conclude that the hard X-ray emission from galaxy clusters (except the Bullet) has most likely thermal origin.

  10. The 6.7 keV KALPHA complex of He-like iron in transient plasmas

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    Justin Oelgoetz; Anil K. Pradhan

    2004-08-03

    Time dependent numerical simulations of the K ALPHA complex of Fe XXV are carried out as a function of temperature/density/radiation field variations in high-temperature astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. In addition to several well known features, the transient and steady state spectra reveal the effects due to (a) time-dependent thermal and non-thermal radiation fields, (b) photo and collisional excitation and ionization, and (c) high densities, on the `quartet' of principal w,x,y,z lines, and dielectronic satellites. The highly detailed models show precisely how, assuming a temporal-temperature correlation, the X-ray intensity varies between 6.6 - 6.7 keV and undergoes a `spectral inversion' in the w and z line intensities, characterizing an ionization or a recombination dominated plasma. The dielectronic satellite intensities are the most temperature dependent features, but insensitive to density variations, and significantly contribute to the K ALPHA complex for T < 6.7 keV leading to asymmetric profiles. The 6.7 keV K ALPHA complex should be a potential diagnostic of X-ray flares in AGN, afterglows in gamma-ray bursts, and other non-equilibrium sources with the high-resolution measurements possible from the upcoming mission Astro-E2. It is also shown that high electron densities attenuate the line intensities in simulations relevant to laboratory plasmas, such as in inertial confinement fusion, laser, or magnetic Z-pinch devices.

  11. The NuSTAR Extragalactic Survey: First Direct Measurements of the ?10 KeV X-Ray Luminosity Function for Active Galactic Nuclei at z>0.1

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    Aird, J.; Alexander, D. M.; Ballantyne, D. R.; Civano, F.; Del-Moro, A.; Hickox, R. C.; Lansbury, G. B.; Mullaney, J. R.; Bauer, F. E.; Brandt, W. N.; Comastri, A.; Fabian, A. C.; Gandhi, P.; Harrison, F. A.; Luo, B.; Stern, D.; Treister, E.; Zappacosta, L.; Ajello, M.; Assef, R.; Balokovi?, M.; Boggs, S. E.; Brightman, M.; Christensen, F. E.; Craig, W. W.; Elvis, M.; Forster, K.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Hailey, C. J.; Koss, M.; LaMassa, S. M.; Madsen, K. K.; Puccetti, S.; Saez, C.; Urry, C. M.; Wik, D. R.; Zhang, W.

    2015-12-01

    We present the first direct measurements of the rest-frame 10–40 keV X-ray luminosity function (XLF) of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) based on a sample of 94 sources at 0.1 < z < 3, selected at 8–24 keV energies from sources in the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) extragalactic survey program. Our results are consistent with the strong evolution of the AGN population seen in prior, lower-energy studies of the XLF. However, different models of the intrinsic distribution of absorption, which are used to correct for selection biases, give significantly different predictions for the total number of sources in our sample, leading to small, systematic differences in our binned estimates of the XLF. Adopting a model with a lower intrinsic fraction of Compton-thick sources and a larger population of sources with column densities {N}{{H}}? {10}23-24 cm?2 or a model with stronger Compton reflection component (with a relative normalization of R ? 2 at all luminosities) can bring extrapolations of the XLF from 2–10 keV into agreement with our NuSTAR sample. Ultimately, X-ray spectral analysis of the NuSTAR sources is required to break this degeneracy between the distribution of absorbing column densities and the strength of the Compton reflection component and thus refine our measurements of the XLF. Furthermore, the models that successfully describe the high-redshift population seen by NuSTAR tend to over-predict previous, high-energy measurements of the local XLF, indicating that there is evolution of the AGN population that is not fully captured by the current models.

  12. Channel electron multiplier efficiency for protons of 0.2-10 keV.

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    Iglesias, G. E.; Mcgarity, J. O.

    1971-01-01

    The initial results of absolute proton efficiency measurements made in an auroral particle study by sounding rockets are given. The measurements were made at several counting rates from 1000 to 40,000 counts/sec on rocket-borne equipment. The results agree with those of Egidi et al. (1969) in the high energy range and show a disagreement at low energies.

  13. Dependence of Cell Survival on Iododeoxyuridine Concentration in 35-keV Photon-Activated Auger Electron Radiotherapy

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    Dugas, Joseph P.; Varnes, Marie E.; Sajo, Erno; Welch, Christopher E.; Ham, Kyungmin; Hogstrom, Kenneth R.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To measure and compare Chinese hamster ovary cell survival curves using monochromatic 35-keV photons and 4-MV x-rays as a function of concentration of the radiosensitizer iododeoxyuridine (IUdR). Methods and Materials: IUdR was incorporated into Chinese hamster ovary cell DNA at 16.6 {+-} 1.9%, 12.0 {+-} 1.4%, and 9.2 {+-} 1.3% thymidine replacement. Cells were irradiated from 1 to 8 Gy with 35-keV synchrotron-generated photons and conventional radiotherapy 4-MV x-rays. The effects of the radiation were measured via clonogenic survival assays. Surviving fraction was plotted vs. dose and fit to a linear quadratic model. Sensitization enhancement ratios (SER{sub 10}) were calculated as the ratio of doses required to achieve 10% surviving fraction for cells without and with DNA-incorporated IUdR. Results: At 4 MV, SER{sub 10} values were 2.6 {+-} 0.1, 2.2 {+-} 0.1, and 1.5 {+-} 0.1 for 16.6%, 12.0%, and 9.2% thymidine replacement, respectively. At 35 keV, SER{sub 10} values were 4.1 {+-} 0.2, 3.0 {+-} 0.1, and 2.0 {+-} 0.1, respectively, which yielded SER{sub 10} ratios (35 keV:4 MV) of 1.6 {+-} 0.1, 1.4 {+-} 0.1, and 1.3 {+-} 0.1, respectively. Conclusions: SER{sub 10} increases monotonically with percent thymidine replacement by IUdR for both modalities. As compared to 4-MV x-rays, 35-keV photons produce enhanced SER{sub 10} values whose ratios are linear with percent thymidine replacement and assumed to be due to Auger electrons contributing to enhanced dose to DNA. Although this Auger effectiveness factor is less than the radiosensitization factor of IUdR, both could be important for the clinical efficacy of IUdR radiotherapy.

  14. Measurement of the L/K electron capture ratio of the 207Bi decay to the 1633 keV level of 207Pb with a BGO scintillating bolometer

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    Coron, N.; Cuesta, C.; García, E.; Ginestra, C.; Gironnet, J.; de Marcillac, P.; Martínez, M.; Ortigoza, Y.; Pobes, C.; Puimedón, J.; Redon, T.; Salinas, A.; Sarsa, M. L.; Torres, L.; Watrin, A.

    2012-06-01

    The ROSEBUD Collaboration has dedicated several underground runs to study different types of bolometers, mainly for the search of dark matter. Some of these runs, profiting from the good energy resolution of one bolometer of BGO and the ultra-low background of the underground laboratory of Canfranc (LSC), allowed the measurement of the L/ K electron capture ratio of the 207Bi decay to the 1633 keV level of 207Pb. This paper constitutes the first published measurement of this magnitude.

  15. Observation of 511 keV peak high count rate in studying (n,x) and (g,x) reactions on terbium

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    I. Kadenko; N. Dzysiuk

    2011-01-26

    Experimental investigation of (n, x) and (g, x) reactions on Tb-159 with activation technique was carried out. Tb specimens of natural composition were irradiated with (d-d) and (d-t) neutrons using NG-300 neutron generator. Additionally the series of experiments were performed with application of M-30 microtrone as a source of electrons for bremsstrahlung spectra production with end point energies 7.5, 9.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 16.5, and 18.5 MeV. Instrumental spectra of Tb specimens were measured with HPGe and Ge(Li) spectrometers. Within the main scope of nuclear reactions research and accurate {\\gamma}-spectrometry of Tb specimens a high count rate in 511 keV {\\gamma}-line peak was observed. The first-priority analysis of Tb specimen impurities was done with further attempts to explain a result of observations with reference to the specific nuclear properties of Tb which could appear due to complex GDR structure. The energy threshold of the process detected was determined around 12.2 MeV. The lower estimate of cross section value for this process was assumed and calculated.

  16. Observation of 511 keV peak high count rate in studying (n,x) and (g,x) reactions on terbium

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    Kadenko, I

    2011-01-01

    Experimental investigation of (n, x) and (g, x) reactions on Tb-159 with activation technique was carried out. Tb specimens of natural composition were irradiated with (d-d) and (d-t) neutrons using NG-300 neutron generator. Additionally the series of experiments were performed with application of M-30 microtrone as a source of electrons for bremsstrahlung spectra production with end point energies 7.5, 9.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 16.5, and 18.5 MeV. Instrumental spectra of Tb specimens were measured with HPGe and Ge(Li) spectrometers. Within the main scope of nuclear reactions research and accurate {\\gamma}-spectrometry of Tb specimens a high count rate in 511 keV {\\gamma}-line peak was observed. The first-priority analysis of Tb specimen impurities was done with further attempts to explain a result of observations with reference to the specific nuclear properties of Tb which could appear due to complex GDR structure. The energy threshold of the process detected was determined around 12.2 MeV. The lower estimat...

  17. Shifting of the electron-capture-to-the-continuum peak in proton-helium collisions at 10 and 20 keV

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    Bhattacharya, S.; Deb, N.C.; Roy, K.; Sahoo, S.; Crothers, D.S.F.

    2005-01-01

    A refined theoretical approach has been developed to study the double-differential cross sections (DDCS's) in proton-helium collisions as a function of the ratio of ionized electron velocity to the incident proton velocity. The refinement is done in the present coupled-channel calculation by introducing a continuum distorted wave in the final state coupled with discrete states including direct as well as charge transfer channels. It is confirmed that the electron-capture-to-the-continuum (ECC) peak is slightly shifted to a lower electron velocity than the equivelocity position. Comparing measurements and classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) calculations at 10 and 20 keV proton energies, excellent agreement of the ECC peak heights is achieved at both energies. However, a minor disagreement in the peak positions between the present calculation and the CTMC results is noted. A smooth behavior of the DDCS is found in the present calculation on both sides of the peak whereas the CTMC results show some oscillatory behavior particularly to the left of the peak, associated with the statistical nature of CTMC calculations.

  18. The (n,?) cross sections of the p-process nuclei 74Se and 84Sr at kT=25 keV

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    Dillmann, Iris; Heil, M.; Käppeler, F.; Rauscher, T.; Thielemann, F.-K.

    2005-07-01

    The formation of the isotopes on the proton-rich side of the valley of stability cannot be ascribed to neutron capture reactions in the r- or s-processes. These nuclei are produced in the p process, which presumably takes place in the explosively burning O/Ne layers of SNe II. At typical temperatures of 2-3 GK, the p nuclei are produced by a complex reaction network via (?,n), (?,p), (?,?) and their inverse reactions. So far most of these reactions are not yet accessible to experimental techniques and must, therefore, be inferred by statistical model calculations. At present, the parametrization of these models has to be constrained by measurements on stable proton-rich nuclei. First results for the stellar (n,?) cross sections of 74Se and 84Sr are reported for a thermal energy of kT=25 keV. These values were determined in a series of activation measurements at the Karlsruhe Van de Graaff accelerator using the 7Li(p,n)7Be source for simulating a Maxwellian neutron energy distribution.

  19. HELIOSPHERIC NEUTRAL ATOM SPECTRA BETWEEN 0.01 AND 6 keV FROM IBEX

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    Fuselier, S. A.

    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 ...

  20. 160 keV 26Al-AMS with a single-stage accelerator mass spectrometer

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    Shanks, Richard P.; Freeman, Stewart P. H. T.

    2015-10-01

    Proof-of-principle 26Al-AMS analysis is achieved with a single-stage accelerator mass spectrometer (SSAMS) utilising very low ion energy. The SSAMS operates by discriminating against atomic isobar interference in a negative ion source and suppressing molecules with thick gas stripper. Resulting 1+ ions counting is with a surface barrier detector. The NEC designed SSAMS for 14C analysis is a popular model accelerator mass spectrometer and the developed further capability might be a significant addition to established 26Al-AMS capacity. Measurements at these energies should also be sufficient for alternative 26Al positive-ion mass spectrometry (PIMS).

  1. Stability of Extraterrestrial Glycine under Energetic Particle Radiation Estimated from 2 keV Electron Bombardment Experiments

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    Maté, B.; Tanarro, I.; Escribano, R.; Moreno, M. A.; Herrero, V. J.

    2015-06-01

    The destruction of solid glycine under irradiation with 2 keV electrons has been investigated by means of IR spectroscopy. Destruction cross sections, radiolysis yields, and half-life doses were determined for samples at 20, 40, 90, and 300 K. The thickness of the irradiated samples was kept below the estimated penetration depth of the electrons. No significant differences were obtained in the experiments below 90 K, but the destruction cross section at 300 K was larger by a factor of 2. The radiolysis yields and half-life doses are in good accordance with recent MeV proton experiments, which confirms that electrons in the keV range can be used to simulate the effects of cosmic rays if the whole sample is effectively irradiated. In the low temperature experiments, electron irradiation leads to the formation of residues. IR absorptions of these residues are assigned to the presence CO2, CO, OCN-, and CN- and possibly to amide bands I to III. The protection of glycine by water ice is also studied. A water ice film of ˜150 nm is found to provide efficient shielding against the bombardment of 2 keV electrons. The results of this study show also that current Monte Carlo predictions provide a good global description of electron penetration depths. The lifetimes estimated in this work for various environments ranging from the diffuse interstellar medium to the inner solar system, show that the survival of hypothetical primeval glycine from the solar nebula in present solar system bodies is not very likely.

  2. Spectral reflectance change and luminescence of selected salts during 2-10 KeV proton bombardment - Implications for Io

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    Nelson, R. M.; Nash, D. B.

    1979-01-01

    Radiation damage and luminescence caused by magnetospheric charged particles have been suggested by several investigators as mechanisms that are capable of explaining some of the peculiar spectral/albedo features of Io. In the present paper, this possibility is pursued by measuring the UV-visual spectral reflectance and luminescent efficiency of several proposed Io surface constituents during 2 to 10 keV proton irradiation at room and low temperatures. The luminescence efficiencies of pure samples, studied in the laboratory, suggest that charged-particle induced luminescence from Io's surface might be observable by spacecraft such as Voyager when viewing Io's dark side.

  3. L-shell polarization and alignment of heavy elements induced by 59.54keV photons.

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    Ozdemir, Y; Durak, R; Kacal, M R; Kurudirek, M

    2011-07-01

    The polarization (%) of L-shell fluorescent X-rays (L?, L? and Ll) of Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Os, Pt, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, Th and U excited by 59.54keV photons has been measured. These polarization degrees were then used to determine the alignment parameters A(2.) The Ll X-rays were found to be strongly polarized, whereas L? and L? X-rays showed less polarization. In this regard, the L?, L? and Ll groups show anisotropic spatial distributions. The results for polarization (%) as well as alignment parameters were compared with the ones available in literature. PMID:21489809

  4. The study of structural properties of 100 keV hydrogen ion implanted semi-insulating GaAs single crystals

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    Udhayasankar, M.; Kumar, J.; Ramasamy, P.; Sekar, K.; Sundaravel, B.; Ferrari, C.; Lazzarini, L.; Magudapathy, P.; Nair, K. G. M.

    1999-03-01

    100 keV hydrogen ion implantation has been carried out on undoped semi-insulating <1 0 0> gallium arsenide single crystals for various ion doses at room temperature. The structural properties due to high dose, low energy hydrogen ion implantation has been investigated using X-ray double crystal diffractometry (DCD) analysis, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and channeling (RBS/C) experiments and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. By using DCD analysis, the value of elastic lattice strain for the ion doses of 1 × 10 16, 1 × 10 18 ions/cm 2 has been estimated to be 2.1 × 10 -3 and 3.2 × 10 -3, respectively. The RBS spectra in the channeling mode for the high dose implantations (10 17 and 10 18 ions/cm 2) show a high yield indicating a highly damaged region near the range of the implanted hydrogen ions. Particularly, for the dose 10 18 ions/cm 2, a heavily damaged region at the surface can be observed. The TEM results evidenced that no amorphisation occurred for the dose 10 18 ions/cm 2. From TEM characterisation, it is also observed that there are no hydrogen bubbles present in the implanted region. But small dislocation loops have been identified. The projected range of implanted hydrogen ions and the thickness of the implanted layer obtained by RBS and TEM analysis are compared with the TRIM calculations.

  5. A new study of the $^{22}$Ne(p,$?$)$^{23}$Na reaction deep underground: Feasibility, setup, and first observation of the 186 keV resonance

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    F. Cavanna; R. Depalo; M. -L. Menzel; M. Aliotta; M. Anders; D. Bemmerer; C. Broggini; C. G. Bruno; A. Caciolli; P. Corvisiero; T. Davinson; A. di Leva; Z. Elekes; F. Ferraro; A. Formicola; Zs. Fülöp; G. Gervino; A. Guglielmetti; C. Gustavino; Gy. Gyürky; G. Imbriani; M. Junker; R. Menegazzo; P. Prati; C. Rossi Alvarez; D. A. Scott; E. Somorjai; O. Straniero; F. Strieder; T. Szücs; D. Trezzi

    2014-11-25

    The $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na reaction takes part in the neon-sodium cycle of hydrogen burning. This cycle is active in asymptotic giant branch stars as well as in novae and contributes to the nucleosythesis of neon and sodium isotopes. In order to reduce the uncertainties in the predicted nucleosynthesis yields, new experimental efforts to measure the $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na cross section directly at the astrophysically relevant energies are needed. In the present work, a feasibility study for a $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na experiment at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) 400\\,kV accelerator deep underground in the Gran Sasso laboratory, Italy, is reported. The ion beam induced $\\gamma$-ray background has been studied. The feasibility study led to the first observation of the $E_{\\rm p}$ = 186\\,keV resonance in a direct experiment. An experimental lower limit of 0.12\\,$\\times$\\,10$^{-6}$\\,eV has been obtained for the resonance strength. Informed by the feasibility study, a dedicated experimental setup for the $^{22}$Ne(p,$\\gamma$)$^{23}$Na experiment has been developed. The new setup has been characterized by a study of the temperature and pressure profiles. The beam heating effect that reduces the effective neon gas density due to the heating by the incident proton beam has been studied using the resonance scan technique, and the size of this effect has been determined for a neon gas target.

  6. AN EXTREME GRAVITATIONALLY REDSHIFTED IRON LINE AT 4.8 KeV IN Mrk 876

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    Bottacini, Eugenio; Orlando, Elena; Moskalenko, Igor; Greiner, Jochen; Ajello, Marco; Persic, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    X-ray spectral lines at unforeseen energies are important because they can shed light on the extreme physical conditions of the environment around the supermassive black holes of active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Mrk 876 displays such a line at 4.80{sub ?0.04}{sup +0.05} rest-frame energy. A possible interpretation of its origin can be found in the hotspot scenario. In this scenario, the primary radiation from a flare in the hot corona of an AGN illuminates a limited portion of the accretion disk that emits by fluorescence. In this context, the line can represent an extreme gravitationally redshifted Fe line originating on the accretion disk below six gravitational radii from a rotating supermassive black hole. The correct estimate of the line significance requires a dedicated approach. Based on an existing rigorous approach, we have performed extensive Monte Carlo simulations. We determine that the line is a real feature at a ?99% confidence level.

  7. The ^3H(p,?)^4He Reaction below 80 keV

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    Canon, R. S.; Kelley, J. H.; Nelson, S. O.; Schreiber, E. C.; Saburov, K.; Wulf, E. A.; Weller, H. R.; Prior, R. M.; Spraker, M.; Tilley, D. R.

    1999-10-01

    Significant advances in three body theory have resulted in excellent agreement with experimental radiative capture measurements(E. A. Wulf et al.), submitted to PRL. and emphasize the importance of MEC effects at energies below 100 keV(G. Schmid et al.), PRC 56, 2565 (1997).. Preliminary work has begun in applying these techniques to the four-body problem(A. Fonseca,W. Glöckle,A. Kievsky,H. Witala, (private communication).). In order to provide accurate experimental data for these forthcoming theoretical predictions, low energy polarized proton capture on tritium is being studied at TUNL. Preliminary results of these studies, which include a determination of the absolute cross section and measurements of the angular distributions of analyzing powers and cross sections, will be presented. Implications of these measurements will be discussed along with plans for future studies.

  8. The Z accelerator as a source of > 100 kJ of x-rays above 4.8 keV

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    Deeney, C.; Coverdale, C.A.; Spielman, R.B.

    1998-04-13

    Recent K-shell scaling experiments on the 20 MA Z accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories have shown that large diameter (40 and 55 mm) arrays can be imploded with 80 to 210 wires of titanium or stainless steel. These implosions have produced up to 150 kJ of > 4.5 keV x-rays and 65 kJ of > 6.0 keV x-rays in 7 to 18 ns FWHM pulses. This is a major advance in plasma radiation source (PRS) capability since there is presently limited test capability above 3 keV. In fact, Z produces more > 4.5 keV x-rays than previous aboveground simulators produced at 1.5 keV. Z also produces some 200 kJ of x-rays between 1 and 3 keV in a continuous spectrum for these loads. The measured spectra and yields are consistent with 1-dimensional MHD calculations performed by NRL. Thermoelastic calorimeters, PVDF gauges, and optical impulse gauges have been successfully fielded with these sources.

  9. Contribution of the 6.7 keV Emission line from Stellar Flares to the Galactic Ridge X-ray Emission

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    Nwachukwu Eze, Romanus; Eze, Ambrose; Nwafor, Jude; Esaenwi, Sudum; Okeke, Pius; Ebisawa, Ken; Smith, Randall

    2015-08-01

    Stellar flares create sudden bursts of hot plasma that contain a wide range of temperatures, and are capable of generating 6.7 keV Fe XXV emission line via electronic collisional excitation. Using the measured 6.7 keV fluxes from a collection of Suzaku-observed stellar flares as a baseline, we estimate their contribution to the 6.7 keV emission line from the Galactic Ridge X-ray emission (GRXE). We modeled the extracted stellar flares’ spectra from our sources with an absorbed Bremstrahlung. We found strong 6.7 keV emission line from the extracted stellar flares’ spectra which is similar to the observed 6.7 keV emission line from the GRXE, while the 6.4 and 7.0 keV lines appear to be faint. The present result supports the earlier result that stellar flares contribute significantly to the total luminosity of the GRXE and that the GRXE luminosity could be primarily explained via hard X-ray emitting symbiotic stars (hSSs), and magnetic cataclysmic variables (mCVs), along with other white dwarf binary systems and stellar flares.

  10. A New Understanding of Near-Threshold Damage for 200 keV Irradiation In Silicon

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    Stoddard, Nathan; Duscher, Gerd J M; Windl, Wolfgang; Rozgonyi, G. A.

    2005-01-01

    Recently we reported room temperature point defect creation and subsequent extended defect nucleation in nitrogen-doped silicon during 200 kV electron irradiation, while identical irradiation of nitrogen-free silicon produced no effect. In this paper, first principles calculations are combined with new transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations to support a new model for elastic electron-silicon interactions in the TEM, which encompasses both nitrogen doped and nitrogen free silicon. Specifically, the nudged elastic band method was used to study the energetics along the diffusion path during an electron collision event in the vicinity of a nitrogen pair. It was found that the 0 K estimate for the energy barrier of a knock-on event is lowered from {approx}12 to 6.2 eV. However, this is still inadequate to explain the observations. We therefore propose an increase in the energy barrier for Frenkel pair recombination associated with N{sub 2}-V bonding. Concerning pure silicon, stacking fault formation near irradiation-induced holes demonstrates the participation of bulk processes. In low oxygen float zone material, 2--5 nm voids were formed, while oxygen precipitation in Czochralski Si has been verified by electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Models of irradiation-induced point defect aggregation are presented and it is concluded that these must be bulk and not surface mediated phenomena.

  11. Comparison of photon attenuation coefficients (2-150 KeV) for diagnostic imaging simulations

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    Dodge, Charles W., III; Flynn, Michael J.

    2004-05-01

    The Radiology Research Laboratory at the Henry Ford Hospital has been involved in modeling x-ray units in order to predict image quality. A critical part of that modeling process is the accurate choice of interaction coefficients. This paper serves as a review and comparison of existing interaction models. Our objective was to obtain accurate and easily calculated interaction coefficients, at diagnostically relevant energies. We obtained data from: McMaster, Lawrence Berkeley Lab data (LBL), XCOM and FFAST Data from NIST, and the EPDL-97 database via LLNL. Our studies involve low energy photons; therefore, comparisons were limited to Coherent (Rayleigh), Incoherent (Compton) and Photoelectric effects, which were summed to determine a total interaction cross section. Without measured data, it becomes difficult to definitively choose the most accurate method. However, known limitations in the McMaster data and smoothing of photo-edge transitions can be used as a guide to establish more valid approaches. Each method was compared to one another graphically and at individual points. We found that agreement between all methods was excellent when away from photo-edges. Near photo-edges and at low energies, most methods were less accurate. Only the Chanter (FFAST) data seems to have consistently and accurately predicted the placement of edges (through M-shell), while minimizing smoothing errors. The EPDL-97 data by LLNL was the best over method in predicting coherent and incoherent cross sections.

  12. ''Bare'' single-particle energies in Ni-56 

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    Trache, L.; Kolomiets, A.; Shlomo, S.; Heyde, K.; Dejbakhsh, H.; Gagliardi, Carl A.; Tribble, Robert E.; Zhou, XG; Jacob, VE; Oros, AM.

    1996-01-01

    , its shift from the unperturbed value E(21)52701 keV is entirely due to the mixing with other configurations, prima- rily with the ground state orbital 2p3/2 . Adjusting it to re- produce the energy of the Jp53/22 2 state at E*53007 keV, we obtain...

  13. The emission of Cygnus X-1: observations with INTEGRAL SPI from 20 keV to 2 MeV

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    Jourdain, Elisabeth; Malzac, Julien

    2011-01-01

    We report on Cyg X-1 observations performed by the SPI telescope onboard the INTEGRAL mission and distributed over more than 6 years. We investigate the variability of the intensity and spectral shape of this peculiar source in the hard X-rays domain, and more particularly up to the MeV region. We first study the total averaged spectrum which presents the best signal to noise ratio (4 Ms of data). Then, we refine our results by building mean spectra by periods and gathering those of similar hardness. Several spectral shapes are observed with important changes in the curvature between 20 and 200 keV, even at the same luminosity level. In all cases, the emission decreases sharply above 700 keV, with flux values above 1 MeV (or upper limits) well below the recently reported polarised flux (Laurent et al. 2011), while compatible with the MeV emission detected some years ago by CGRO/COMPTEL (McConnell et al., 2002). Finally, we take advantage of the spectroscopic capability of the instrument to seek for spectral f...

  14. New production mechanism for keV sterile neutrino Dark Matter by decays of frozen-in scalars

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    Merle, Alexander; Niro, Viviana; Schmidt, Daniel E-mail: niro@ecm.ub.edu

    2014-03-01

    We propose a new production mechanism for keV sterile neutrino Dark Matter. In our setting, we assume the existence of a scalar singlet particle which never entered thermal equilibrium in the early Universe, since it only couples to the Standard Model fields by a really small Higgs portal interaction. For suitable values of this coupling, the scalar can undergo the so-called freeze-in process, and in this way be efficiently produced in the early Universe. These scalars can then decay into keV sterile neutrinos and produce the correct Dark Matter abundance. While similar settings in which the scalar does enter thermal equilibrium and then freezes out have been studied previously, the mechanism proposed here is new and represents a versatile extension of the known case. We perform a detailed numerical calculation of the DM production using a set of coupled Boltzmann equations, and we illustrate the successful regions in the parameter space. Our production mechanism notably can even work in models where active-sterile mixing is completely absent.

  15. Monte-Carlo-derived insights into dose-kerma-collision kerma inter-relationships for 50?keV-25?MeV photon beams in water, aluminum and copper

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    Kumar, Sudhir; Deshpande, Deepak D.; Nahum, Alan E.

    2015-01-01

    The relationships between D, K and Kcol are of fundamental importance in radiation dosimetry. These relationships are critically influenced by secondary electron transport, which makes Monte-Carlo (MC) simulation indispensable; we have used MC codes DOSRZnrc and FLURZnrc. Computations of the ratios D/K and D/Kcol in three materials (water, aluminum and copper) for large field sizes with energies from 50?keV to 25?MeV (including 6-15?MV) are presented. Beyond the depth of maximum dose D/K is almost always less than or equal to unity and D/Kcol greater than unity, and these ratios are virtually constant with increasing depth. The difference between K and Kcol increases with energy and with the atomic number of the irradiated materials. D/K in ‘sub-equilibrium’ small megavoltage photon fields decreases rapidly with decreasing field size. A simple analytical expression for \\overline{X} , the distance ‘upstream’ from a given voxel to the mean origin of the secondary electrons depositing their energy in this voxel, is proposed: {{\\overline{X}}\\text{emp}}? 0.5{{R}\\text{csda}}(\\overline{{{E}0}}) , where \\overline{{{E}0}} is the mean initial secondary electron energy. These {{\\overline{X}}\\text{emp}} agree well with ‘exact’ MC-derived values for photon energies from 5-25?MeV for water and aluminum. An analytical expression for D/K is also presented and evaluated for 50?keV-25?MeV photons in the three materials, showing close agreement with the MC-derived values.

  16. 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.

  17. Astronomical Publications "The energy spectrum of the Crab nebula in the range 15 keV to 60

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    Glass, Ian S.

    . Lloyd Evans and W.L. Martin, "Nebulosity associated with the powerful in- frared and x-ray source G333.J. Hawkins, K.O. Mason and A.P. Willmore, "Optical observa- tions of stars near Copernicus x-ray positions

  18. FHBS calculation of ionized electron angular and energy distribution following the p+H collision at 20 keV 

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    Fu, Jun

    2004-11-15

    once given W, as Q2z = W4h s : (2.19) The value of Qz given by Eq. (2.19) is also the minimum value of Q. The dQ=Q3 integration could be translated into a dQb integration. To do this, we differentiate Eq. (2.18) and obtain QdQ = QbdQb: (2....20) In the above we used the fact that Qz is a xed value. Thus the integration over dQ=Q3 can be replaced as dQ=Q3 = QbdQb=Q4: (2.21) The nal version of the modi ed integration scheme is stotal = 8pa 20 hs Z sinqkdqk Z Wmax Wmin dW Z ? 0 QbdQb Q4 Z j < c( )k (r...

  19. New elastic electron scattering factors for the elements for incident energies of 10, 40, 60, and 90 keV

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    Ross, A.W.; Fink, M.

    1986-12-01

    An improved set of scattering factors for all neutral elements has bee completed for inclusion in the new edition of the International Tables of X-ray Crystallography . These calculations are compared with the former electron scattering factors and the deviations between the two are discussed.(AIP)

  20. Directivity of 100 keV-1 MeV photon sources in solar flares

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    Kane, S. R.; Fenimore, E. E.; Klebesadel, R. W.; Laros, J. G.

    1988-01-01

    Stereoscopic observations of 0.1-1.0 MeV photon sources in solar flares made with spectrometers aboard the ISEE 3 and PVO (Pioneer Venus Orbiter) have been analyzed to determine the directivity of the photon sources and its possible dependence on photon energy. During the period October 1, 1978-October 31, 1980, a total of 44 solar flares were observed simultaneously by the two instruments. Of these, 39 flares were in full view of both the instruments, the remaining five being partially occulted by the photosphere from the line of sight of at least one instrument. The view angles theta(P) and theta(I) of the PVO and ISEE 3 instruments with respect to the outward solar radius at the flare site varied from one flare to another and were in the range 9-88 deg. The difference between the two view angles varied from 1 deg to 66 deg. The observations of differential photon energy spectra averaged over more than about 16 s do not indicate any systematic directivity. In most flares the directivity of 0.1-1.0 MeV photon sources is found to be less than about 2.5.

  1. Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of {sup 57}Fe with CUORE crystals

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    2013-05-01

    We report the results of a search for axions from the 14.4 keV M1 transition from {sup 57}Fe in the core of the sun using the axio-electric effect in TeO{sub 2} bolometers. The detectors are 5 × 5 × 5 cm{sup 3} crystals operated at about 10 mK in a facility used to test bolometers for the CUORE experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. An analysis of 43.65 kg?d of data was made using a newly developed low energy trigger which was optimized to reduce the energy threshold of the detector. An upper limit of 0.58 c?kg{sup ?1}?d{sup ?1} is established at 95% C.L., which translates into lower bounds f{sub A} ? 3.12 × 10{sup 5} GeV 95% C.L. (DFSZ model) and f{sub A} ? 2.41 × 10{sup 4} GeV 95% C.L. (KSVZ model) on the Peccei-Quinn symmetry-breaking scale, for a value of S = 0.5 of the flavor-singlet axial vector matrix element. These bounds can be expressed in terms of axion masses as m{sub A} ? 19.2 eV and m{sub A} ? 250 eV at 95% C.L. in the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively. Bounds are given also for the interval 0.35 ? S ? 0.55.

  2. Stellar 30-keV neutron capture in 94,96Zr and the 90Zr(gamma,n)89Zr photonuclear reaction with a high-power liquid-lithium target

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    Tessler, M; Arenshtam, A; Feinberg, G; Friedman, M; Halfon, S; Kijel, D; Weissman, L; Aviv, O; Berkovits, D; Eisen, Y; Eliyahu, I; Haquin, G; Kreisel, A; Mardor, I; Shimel, G; Shor, A; Silverman, I; Yungrais, Z

    2015-01-01

    A high-power Liquid-Lithium Target (LiLiT) was used for the first time for neutron production via the thick-target 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction and quantitative determination of neutron capture cross sections. Bombarded with a 1-2 mA proton beam at 1.92 MeV from the Soreq Applied Research Accelerator Facility (SARAF), the setup yields a 30-keV quasi-Maxwellian neutron spectrum with an intensity of 3-5e10 n/s, more than one order of magnitude larger than present near-threshold 7Li(p,n) neutron sources. The setup was used here to determine the 30-keV Maxwellian averaged cross section (MACS) of 94Zr and 96Zr as 28.0+-0.6 mb and 12.4+-0.5 mb respectively, based on activation measurements. The precision of the cross section determinations results both from the high neutron yield and from detailed simulations of the entire experimental setup. We plan to extend our experimental studies to low-abundance and radioactive targets. In addition, we show here that the setup yields intense high-energy (17.6 and 14.6 MeV) prompt cap...

  3. Stellar 30-keV neutron capture in 94, 96Zr and the 90Zr (? , n)89Zr photonuclear reaction with a high-power liquid-lithium target

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    Tessler, M.; Paul, M.; Arenshtam, A.; Feinberg, G.; Friedman, M.; Halfon, S.; Kijel, D.; Weissman, L.; Aviv, O.; Berkovits, D.; Eisen, Y.; Eliyahu, I.; Haquin, G.; Kreisel, A.; Mardor, I.; Shimel, G.; Shor, A.; Silverman, I.; Yungrais, Z.

    2015-12-01

    A high-power Liquid-Lithium Target (LiLiT) was used for the first time for neutron production via the thick-target 7Li (p, n)7Be reaction and quantitative determination of neutron capture cross sections. Bombarded with a 1-2 mA proton beam at 1.92 MeV from the Soreq Applied Research Accelerator Facility (SARAF), the setup yields a 30-keV quasi-Maxwellian neutron spectrum with an intensity of 3- 5 ×1010 n /s, more than one order of magnitude larger than present near-threshold 7Li (p, n) neutron sources. The setup was used here to determine the 30-keV Maxwellian averaged cross section (MACS) of 94Zr and 96Zr as 28.0 ± 0.6 mb and 12.4 ± 0.5 mb respectively, based on activation measurements. The precision of the cross section determinations results both from the high neutron yield and from detailed simulations of the entire experimental setup. We plan to extend our experimental studies to low-abundance and radioactive targets. In addition, we show here that the setup yields intense high-energy (17.6 and 14.6 MeV) prompt capture ? rays from the 7Li (p, ?)8Be reaction with yields of ? 3 ×108 ?s-1mA-1 and ? 4 ×108 ?s-1mA-1, respectively, evidenced by the 90Zr (?, n)89Zr photonuclear reaction.

  4. Surface wet-ability modification of thin PECVD silicon nitride layers by 40 keV argon ion treatments

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    Caridi, F.; Picciotto, A.; Vanzetti, L.; Iacob, E.; Scolaro, C.

    2015-10-01

    Measurements of wet-ability of liquid drops have been performed on a 30 nm silicon nitride (Si3N4) film deposited by a PECVD reactor on a silicon wafer and implanted by 40 keV argon ions at different doses. Surface treatments by using Ar ion beams have been employed to modify the wet-ability. The chemical composition of the first Si3N4 monolayer was investigated by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The surface morphology was tested by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Results put in evidence the best implantation conditions for silicon nitride to increase or to reduce the wet-ability of the biological liquid. This permits to improve the biocompatibility and functionality of Si3N4. In particular experimental results show that argon ion bombardment increases the contact angle, enhances the oxygen content and increases the surface roughness.

  5. One-sided imaging of large, dense objects using the 511 keV photons from induced pair production

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    Tavora, L.M.; Gilboy, W.B.; Morton, E.J.; Morgado, R.E.; Estep, R.J.; Rawool-Sullivan, M.

    1998-03-01

    The use of annihilation photons from photon-induced electron-positron pair production as a means of inspecting objects when only one side is accessible is described. The Z2 dependence of the pair production cross section and the high penetration of 511 keV photons suggest that this method should be capable of localizing high Z materials in lower Z matrices. The experimental results for the dependence of the back streaming photon yield on Z indicate that dynamic ranges of the order of 20 may be obtained for materials with 4 < Z < 82. Results for point to point images obtained in line scans of representative geometries are also shown. Simulation studies based on the EGS4 Monte Carlo code were also performed and their results show an agreement with experimental data of the order of 5%.

  6. Enhanced room temperature oxidation in silicon and porous silicon under 10 keV x-ray irradiation

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    Ryckman, Judson D.; Reed, Robert A.; Weller, Robert A.; Fleetwood, D. M.; Weiss, S. M.

    2010-12-01

    We report the observation of enhanced oxidation on silicon and porous silicon samples exposed in air ambient to high-dose-rate 10 keV x-ray radiation at room temperature. The evolution of the radiation-induced oxide growth is monitored by ellipsometry and interferometric reflectance spectroscopy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy shows the emergence of Si-O-Si stretching modes and corresponding suppression of SiH{sub x} and Si-Si modes in the porous silicon samples. The radiation response depends strongly on initial native oxide thickness and Si-H surface species. The enhanced oxidation mechanism is attributed to photoinduced oxidation processes wherein energetic photons are used to dissociate molecular oxygen and promote the formation of more reactive oxygen species.

  7. Using contour maps to search for red-shifted 511 keV features in BATSE GRB spectra

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    Varmette, Peter G.

    1993-01-01

    Since their discovery twenty years ago, the origin of gamma-ray bursts (GRB's) has remained an intriguing mystery. The quest to understand these objects has given rise to a plethora of competing theories. Several theories suggest that GRB's are galactic in origin while others suggest that GRB's are cosmological. One piece of evidence that might provide scientistis with a key to understanding the origin of GRB's may be whether or not spectral emission and absorption features exist in burst spectra. If the features exist and can be attributed to either cyclotron lines or to red-shifted 511 keV annihilation lines then credence would be given to those theories that support a galactic origin, i.e. near neutron stars. A method of searching for spectral features in burst spectra (BATSE HER data) is outlined.

  8. Ionization cross sections of the L subshells of Au by 50 to 100 keV electron impact

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    Barros, S. F.; Vanin, V. R.; Maidana, N. L.; Fernández-Varea, J. M.

    2015-09-01

    We have measured the L?, L?, {{L}}{? }1, {{L}}{? }2, L{? }3, {{L}}{\\ell } and L? x-ray production cross sections of Au by 50-100 keV electron impact. From this experimental information we derived the L1, L2 and L3 subshell ionization cross sections with a novel analysis procedure that is based on an overdetermined system of equations and achieve the estimates by the least-squares method. The uncertainties in the atomic relaxation parameters needed to transform the x-ray intensities to ionization cross sections impose a lower limit to the relative standard deviations of the L subshell ionization cross sections, which is found to be 5-10% depending on the selected set of relaxation parameters. Our experimental results are in reasonable accord with most of the measurements carried out by other authors, and they agree with the predictions of the semi-relativistic distorted-wave Born approximation.

  9. Differential cross sections for single ionization of H{sub 2} by 75-keV proton impact

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    Chowdhury, U.; Schulz, M.; Madison, D. H.

    2011-03-15

    We have calculated triply differential cross sections (TDCS) and doubly differential cross sections (DDCS) for single ionization of H{sub 2} by 75-keV proton impact using the molecular three-body distorted-wave-eikonal initial-state (M3DW-EIS) approach. Previously published measured DDCS (differential in the projectile scattering angle and integrated over the ejected electron angles) found pronounced structures at relatively large angles that were interpreted as an interference resulting from the two-centered potential of the molecule. Theory treating H{sub 2} as atomic H multiplied by a molecular interference factor only predicts the observed structure when assumptions are made about the molecular orientation. Here we apply the M3DW-EIS method, which does not rely on such an ad hoc approach, but rather treats the interference from first principles.

  10. The electrical properties of 60 keV zinc ions implanted into semi-insulating gallium arsenide

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    Littlejohn, M. A.; Anikara, R.

    1972-01-01

    The electrical behavior of zinc ions implanted into chromium-doped semiinsulating gallium arsenide was investigated by measurements of the sheet resistivity and Hall effect. Room temperature implantations were performed using fluence values from 10 to the 12th to 10 to the 15th power/sq cm at 60 keV. The samples were annealed for 30 minutes in a nitrogen atmosphere up to 800 C in steps of 200 C and the effect of this annealing on the Hall effect and sheet resistivity was studied at room temperature using the Van der Pauw technique. The temperature dependence of sheet resistivity and mobility was measured from liquid nitrogen temperature to room temperature. Finally, a measurement of the implanted profile was obtained using a layer removal technique combined with the Hall effect and sheet resistivity measurements.

  11. Coherent to incoherent cross section ratio for 59.54 keV gamma rays at scattering angle of 110°

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    Singh, M. P.; Sharma, Amandeep; Singh, Bhajan; Sandhu, B. S.

    2015-08-01

    The coherent (Rayleigh) to incoherent (Compton) scattering cross-section ratio of elements, in the range 13 ? Z ? 82, are determined experimentally for 59.54 keV incident gamma photons. An HPGe (High purity germanium) semiconductor detector is employed, at scattering angle of 110°, to record the spectra originating from interactions of incident gamma photons with the target under investigation. The intensity ratio of Rayleigh to Compton scattered peaks observed in the recorded spectra, and corrected for photo-peak efficiency of gamma detector and absorption of photons in the target and air, along with the other required parameters provides the differential cross-section ratio. The measured values of cross-section ratio are found to agree with theoretical predictions based upon non-relativistic form factor, relativistic form factor, modified form factor and S-matrix theory.

  12. A new method to determine the atomic photo effect cross section in lead at 661.6 keV

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    Anasuya, S. J.; Umesh, T. K.; Gowda, Ramakrishna

    1994-03-01

    A new method has been developed to determine the atomic photo effect cross section for lead at 661.6 keV. This method is simpler compared to all the direct methods in vogue to measure the total photo effect cross sections. The important attribute of this method is that one can measure the total photo effect cross sections of lead whether lead is in pure elemental (foil) form or in the form of its chemical compound. In the present study Pb, PbO, PbSO 4 and Pb(NO 3) 2 were used, and the photo effect cross section for lead was obtained. The salient features of the method are discussed. The mean value obtained from all the samples for lead is compared with Scofield's theoretical value and found to be in good agreement.

  13. Simulation study of 3–5?keV x-ray conversion efficiency from Ar K-shell vs. Ag L-shell targets on the National Ignition Facility laser

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    Kemp, G. E. Colvin, J. D.; Fournier, K. B.; May, M. J.; Barrios, M. A.; Patel, M. V.; Scott, H. A.; Marinak, M. M.

    2015-05-15

    Tailored, high-flux, multi-keV x-ray sources are desirable for studying x-ray interactions with matter for various civilian, space and military applications. For this study, we focus on designing an efficient laser-driven non-local thermodynamic equilibrium 3–5?keV x-ray source from photon-energy-matched Ar K-shell and Ag L-shell targets at sub-critical densities (?n{sub c}/10) to ensure supersonic, volumetric laser heating with minimal losses to kinetic energy, thermal x rays and laser-plasma instabilities. Using HYDRA, a multi-dimensional, arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian, radiation-hydrodynamics code, we performed a parameter study by varying initial target density and laser parameters for each material using conditions readily achievable on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser. We employ a model, benchmarked against Kr data collected on the NIF, that uses flux-limited Lee-More thermal conductivity and multi-group implicit Monte-Carlo photonics with non-local thermodynamic equilibrium, detailed super-configuration accounting opacities from CRETIN, an atomic-kinetics code. While the highest power laser configurations produced the largest x-ray yields, we report that the peak simulated laser to 3–5?keV x-ray conversion efficiencies of 17.7% and 36.4% for Ar and Ag, respectively, occurred at lower powers between ?100–150 TW. For identical initial target densities and laser illumination, the Ag L-shell is observed to have ?10× higher emissivity per ion per deposited laser energy than the Ar K-shell. Although such low-density Ag targets have not yet been demonstrated, simulations of targets fabricated using atomic layer deposition of Ag on silica aerogels (?20% by atomic fraction) suggest similar performance to atomically pure metal foams and that either fabrication technique may be worth pursuing for an efficient 3–5?keV x-ray source on NIF.

  14. Simulation study of 3-5 keV x-ray conversion efficiency from Ar K-shell vs. Ag L-shell targets on the National Ignition Facility laser

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    Kemp, G. E.; Colvin, J. D.; Fournier, K. B.; May, M. J.; Barrios, M. A.; Patel, M. V.; Scott, H. A.; Marinak, M. M.

    2015-05-01

    Tailored, high-flux, multi-keV x-ray sources are desirable for studying x-ray interactions with matter for various civilian, space and military applications. For this study, we focus on designing an efficient laser-driven non-local thermodynamic equilibrium 3-5 keV x-ray source from photon-energy-matched Ar K-shell and Ag L-shell targets at sub-critical densities (˜nc/10) to ensure supersonic, volumetric laser heating with minimal losses to kinetic energy, thermal x rays and laser-plasma instabilities. Using Hydra, a multi-dimensional, arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian, radiation-hydrodynamics code, we performed a parameter study by varying initial target density and laser parameters for each material using conditions readily achievable on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser. We employ a model, benchmarked against Kr data collected on the NIF, that uses flux-limited Lee-More thermal conductivity and multi-group implicit Monte-Carlo photonics with non-local thermodynamic equilibrium, detailed super-configuration accounting opacities from Cretin, an atomic-kinetics code. While the highest power laser configurations produced the largest x-ray yields, we report that the peak simulated laser to 3-5 keV x-ray conversion efficiencies of 17.7% and 36.4% for Ar and Ag, respectively, occurred at lower powers between ˜100-150 TW. For identical initial target densities and laser illumination, the Ag L-shell is observed to have ?10× higher emissivity per ion per deposited laser energy than the Ar K-shell. Although such low-density Ag targets have not yet been demonstrated, simulations of targets fabricated using atomic layer deposition of Ag on silica aerogels (˜20% by atomic fraction) suggest similar performance to atomically pure metal foams and that either fabrication technique may be worth pursuing for an efficient 3-5 keV x-ray source on NIF.

  15. IonCCD™ for direct position-sensitive charged-particle detection: from electrons and keV ions to hyperthermal biomolecular ions.

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    Hadjar, Omar; Johnson, Grant; Laskin, Julia; Kibelka, Gottfried; Shill, Scott; Kuhn, Ken; Cameron, Chad; Kassan, Scott

    2011-04-01

    A novel, low-cost, pixel-based detector array (described elsewhere Sinha and Wadsworth (76(2), 1) is examined using different charged particles, from electrons to hyperthermal (<100 eV) large biomolecular positive and negative ions, including keV small atomic and molecular ions. With this in mind, it is used in instrumentation design (beam profiling), mass spectrometry, and electron spectroscopy. The array detector is a modified light-sensitive charge-coupled device (CCD) that was engineered for direct charged-particle detection by replacing the semiconductor part of the CCD pixel with a conductor Sinha and Wadsworth (76(2), 1). The device is referred to as the IonCCD. For the first time, we show the direct detection of 250-eV electrons, providing linearity response of the IonCCD to the electron beam current. We demonstrate that the IonCCD detection efficiency is virtually independent from the particle energy (250 eV, 1250 eV), impact angle (45(o), 90(o)) and flux. By combining the IonCCD with a double-focusing sector field mass spectrometer (MS) of Mattauch-Herzog geometry (MH-MS), we demonstrate fast data acquisition. Detection of hyperthermal biomolecular ions produced using an electrospray ionization source (ESI) is also presented. In addition, the IonCCD was used as a beam profiler to characterize the beam shape and intensity of 15 eV protonated and deprotonated biomolecular ions at the exit of an rf-only collisional quadrupole. This demonstrates an ion-beam profiling application for instrument design. Finally, we present simultaneous detection of 140 eV doubly protonated biomolecular ions when the IonCCD is combined with the MH-MS. This demonstrates the possibility of simultaneous separation and micro-array deposition of biological material using a miniature MH-MS. PMID:21472600

  16. IonCCD™ for Direct Position-Sensitive Charged-Particle Detection: from Electrons and keV Ions to Hyperthermal Biomolecular Ions

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    Hadjar, Omar; Johnson, Grant; Laskin, Julia; Kibelka, Gottfried; Shill, Scott; Kuhn, Ken; Cameron, Chad; Kassan, Scott

    2011-04-01

    A novel, low-cost, pixel-based detector array (described elsewhere Sinha and Wadsworth (76(2), 1) is examined using different charged particles, from electrons to hyperthermal (<100 eV) large biomolecular positive and negative ions, including keV small atomic and molecular ions. With this in mind, it is used in instrumentation design (beam profiling), mass spectrometry, and electron spectroscopy. The array detector is a modified light-sensitive charge-coupled device (CCD) that was engineered for direct charged-particle detection by replacing the semiconductor part of the CCD pixel with a conductor Sinha and Wadsworth (76(2), 1). The device is referred to as the IonCCD. For the first time, we show the direct detection of 250-eV electrons, providing linearity response of the IonCCD to the electron beam current. We demonstrate that the IonCCD detection efficiency is virtually independent from the particle energy (250 eV, 1250 eV), impact angle (45o, 90o) and flux. By combining the IonCCD with a double-focusing sector field mass spectrometer (MS) of Mattauch-Herzog geometry (MH-MS), we demonstrate fast data acquisition. Detection of hyperthermal biomolecular ions produced using an electrospray ionization source (ESI) is also presented. In addition, the IonCCD was used as a beam profiler to characterize the beam shape and intensity of 15 eV protonated and deprotonated biomolecular ions at the exit of an rf-only collisional quadrupole. This demonstrates an ion-beam profiling application for instrument design. Finally, we present simultaneous detection of 140 eV doubly protonated biomolecular ions when the IonCCD is combined with the MH-MS. This demonstrates the possibility of simultaneous separation and micro-array deposition of biological material using a miniature MH-MS.

  17. Extra light fermions in E6-inspired models and the 3.5 keV X-ray line signal

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    Nakayama, Kazunori; Takahashi, Fuminobu; Yanagida, Tsutomu T.

    2014-10-01

    We propose a scenario in which extra light fermions in an E6-inspired U(1) extension of the standard model constitute the dark matter, as a simple variation of our model for dark radiation presented in 2010. Interestingly, for the light fermions of mass about 7 keV, we naturally obtain a desired mixing angle to explain the recently discovered 3.5 keV X-ray line signal through the radiative decay into active neutrinos and photons with a lifetime in the range of 1027-1028 seconds.

  18. High-power 1 kHz laser-plasma x-ray source for ultrafast x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy in the keV range

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    Dorchies, F.; Harmand, M.; Descamps, D.; Fourment, C.; Hulin, S.; Petit, S.; Peyrusse, O.; Santos, J. J.

    2008-09-22

    A high average power broadband x-ray source is developed in the multi-keV range, based on the thermal emission of plasmas produced with a 1 kHz fs laser focused on high Z element target. This compact ultrafast x-ray source is used to measure the x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy of aluminum K-edge (1.559 keV) with noise lower than 1% of the absorption edge when accumulating laser shots over a few tens of seconds. That demonstrates its suitability to study atomic and electronic structures of matter during ultrafast phase transitions among solid, liquid, or higher energy density states.

  19. Polarization of lines emitted after electron capture into Ar{sup 7+}({ital nlm}{sub {ital l}}) sublevels during 80-keV Ar{sup 8+}-Li collisions

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    Laulhe, C.; Jacquet, E.; Cremer, G.; Pascale, J.; Boduch, P.; Rieger, G.; Lecler, D.; Chantepie, M.; Cojan, J.L. ||

    1995-11-01

    We have measured the polarization rates of lines emitted after single-electron capture occurring during Ar{sup 8+}-Li collisions at an impact energy of 80 keV. In order to obtain information on the final {ital m}{sub {ital l}} values which are populated in the electron-capture process, we have also calculated the polarization rates from the {ital nlm}{sub {ital l}} distributions determined by using the classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) method. The good agreement which is obtained between the experimental and the calculated polarization rates indicates the reliability of the CTMC method which predicts that {ital m}{sub {ital l}}=0, {plus_minus}1, and {plus_minus}2 are preferentially populated by the electron-capture process.

  20. Effects of thermal annealing on the deep-level defects and I-V characteristics of 200 keV proton irradiated AlGaAs-GaAs solar cells

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    Li, S. S.; Schoenfeld, D. W.; Chiu, T. T.; Loo, R. Y.

    1980-01-01

    Detailed characterization of deep-level defects and analysis of dark I-V data in 200 keV proton irradiated AlGaAs-GaAs solar cells have been carried out for several proton fluences (5 x 10 to the 11th, 10 to the 12th, and 10 to the 13th P/sq cm), using DLTS, C-V, and I-V measurement techniques. To study the effect of low temperature thermal annealing on the deep-level defect properties, these irradiated samples were annealed in vacuum at 300 C for one hour. Comparison was then made on the measured defect parameters (i.e., defect energy levels and densities) and the dark I-V characteristics for both the annealed and unannealed samples.