# physics of radiography x-ray production and spectra

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Physics of Radiography X-ray production and Spectra. By the end of the session you should be able to: Describe heat producing electron collisions Describe x-ray producing collisions Identify breaking radiation spectra Identify characteristic spectra - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Physics of RadiographyX-ray production and Spectra

By the end of the session you should be able to:

Describe heat producing electron collisionsDescribe x-ray producing collisionsIdentify breaking radiation spectraIdentify characteristic spectraUnderstand how different target atoms appearIdentify differences seen with different accelerating voltages

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Eh x fh (Plancks constant) h = 6.626 x 10 Js-34 What energy would result from radiation with a frequency of 1Hz?

What energy would result from radiation with a frequency of 1000Hz (sometimes written as 1x103Hz)

Energy here measured in Joules (J)Frequency measured in Hertz (Hz)

Eh x fh (Plancks constant) h = 6.626 x 10 Js-34 Energy here measured in Joules (J)Frequency measured in Hertz (Hz)What energy would a typical radio wave photon have for absolute radio 1215kHz (1215000 kHz or 1.215 x 106 Hz)?

What photon energy would a typical X-ray have if using a frequency of 1.5x1018 Hz? (1500000000000000000Hz)

Eh x fh (Plancks constant) h = 6.626 x 10 Js-34 Energy units in the atomic system are given in eV (electron volt)

1electron volt = 1.6 x 10 -19 Joules

e.g. If I was given energy in Joules I would divide the energy amount by 1.6x10-19 and the answer would be the energy in electron volts.

Low energy photons are most common produced by small deflections; these do not contribute to the useful x-ray beam so are filtered.Large deflections are least likely and the max photon energy is proportional to the voltage applied across the x-ray tube.

Heat producing collisions:Incoming electrons collide with and displaces outer shell tungsten electronIncoming electrons deflected by tungsten electrons99% of incoming electron kinetic energy goes into heat producing electrons. These collisions are most common as there are many outer shell tungsten electrons available to interact with, this is why a good method for removing heat is requiredEach incoming electron can undergo a number of heat producing collisions

X-ray producing collisions:Incoming electrons pass close to the nucleus and are slowed down, this deceleration causes a large loss of energy which is emitted in the form of x-raysSince a wide range (spectrum) of energies is possible it is called the continuous spectrum of bremsstrahlung radiationCharacteristic x-rays are emitted at specific energies for each element each type of atom has electron with different energies. When an inner shell electron is excited (displaced to an outer shell) or ionised (displaced from the atom), the energy lost as electrons drops down into the vacant space is emitted in the form of x-rays. Spectra produced are characteristic of the atom and lines are produced depending on the shell from which the electron was emitted

High filament current = more electrons = higher intensityHigh tube voltage = greater electron kinetic energy = greater quality/penetrating power

3000 eV photon

8000 eV photon

100,000 eV

electron from filament

10,000 eV photon

20,000 eV

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