Experiments with Parametric X-Ray Radiation (PXR) from Non-Relativistic Electrons

Research paper by V. G. Baryshevsky, K. G. Batrakov, I. D. Feranchuk, A. A. Gurinovich, A. O. Grubich, A. S. Lobko, A. A. Rouba, B. A. Tarnopolsky, P. F. Safronov, V. I. Stolyarsky, A. P. Ulyanenkov

Indexed on: 06 Jul '05Published on: 06 Jul '05Published in: Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors


Interaction of non-relativistic electrons with single crystal target may produce coherent x-rays. That is the result of interference between two known x-ray generation mechanisms having orientational behavior, namely parametric x-rays and coherent {\it Bremsstrahlung}. Experiments aimed to PXR research were performed with 50-100 keV electrons and its distinctive features were observed. Requirements to the experimental set-up, detector instrumental response, and targets as well as experiment geometry are discussed in detail. Series of PXR spectra in various conditions were recorded and their distinctive features were observed. Tuning of radiation frequency with crystal-target rotation was observed for the first time for low energy electrons. Dependence of the x-ray frequency on the beam energy was detected. Soft PXR peak with energy below 1 keV was observed for the first time. Possible applications of PXR for structure analysis and crystallography are discussed. These results are obtained in the framework of ISTC project {#}B626