X-rays from relativistic electrons crossing a multilayer nanostructure

N. N. Nasonov, V. V. Kaplin, S. R. Uglov, V. N. Zabaev, M. A. Piestrup, C. K. Gary

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The results of theoretical and experimental studies of X-ray emission from relativistic electrons crossing periodic nanostructures are presented in this work. Simple formulae describing the characteristics of the total emission from either thin-non-absorbing or thick-absorbing multilayers are derived, accounting for both diffracted-transition and parametric-radiation mechanisms. The measured vertical spatial distributions and orientation dependencies (rocking curves) of the spectra of this type of radiation are presented. Good agreement between theory and experimental results is shown. The results demonstrate the possibility of a tunable quasimonochromatic X-ray source whose efficiency can be larger than that of other novel X-ray sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
EventRadiation from Relativistic Electrons in Periodic Structures - Tomsk
Duration: 8 Sep 200311 Sep 2003


  • Diffracted transition radiation
  • Multilayer nanostructure
  • Parametric X-rays
  • X-ray emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Instrumentation
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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