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Portable miniature X-ray source as a non-radioactive detector calibrant

2020-04-17 12:39:05 Cavan 20

The iXmini is a portable miniature X-ray source for detector calibration. It comprises an X-ray tube with an Fe or Cu anode.

 

The iXmini can be used for performing reliable flat field calibrations, making fluorescent metal foils and calibrants based on radioactive isotopes obsolete in your lab. With the iXmini, this calibration can now be done autonomously, even when there is no other X-ray source available, e.g. during downtime periods at synchrotrons. It’s also a simple and easy-to-use source for the regular checks of your radiation detection systems.

 

 

 

Features and Benefits

 

Non-radioactive calibrant

 

No special storage or handling permit needed as required for radioactive sources

 

Simple and safe operation

 

Operation in low level vacuum possible (down to 10-2 - 10-3 mbar)

 

Small footprint with a size of 103 x 120 x 89.5 mm3

 

Integrated HV generator and safety controller

 

Two independent safety lines for integration in an interlock system

 

Maximum power of 100 mW with operating parameters 4-10 kV and 2-10 µA

 

Four pre-defined operation modes selectable through a control knob

 

 

 

The portable source iXmini contains a miniature X-ray tube with Fe (Kα = 6.4 keV) or Cu anode (Kα = 8.04 keV). The iXmini requires an external 24 V DC power supply which should be fused with 1 A. It does not need any special cooling.

 

Dimension: 103 x 120 x 89.5 mm

 

Weight: ca 1500 g

 

Supply voltage: DC 24.0 V +/-1V

 

Metal ceramic miniature X-ray tube with transmission anode

 

Target material: Iron (Fe) or Cupper (Cu) 150 nm on Beryllium window

 

Manual shutter

 

Typical operational voltage: 4.0 – 10.0 kV (anode to cathode)

 

Maximum power: 100 mW