A comparison of DEF x-ray film and a photodiode array (reticon) as detectors for an x-ray crystal spectrometer

D. A. Goodman, R. W. Eason, B. Shiwai, N. Allinson, B. Magorrian, M. Grande, A. Ridgley

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Abstract

A crystal spectrometer with a photodiode array (PDA) detector was tested for a range of x-ray energies between 1 and 2 keV. A laser-produced plasma has been used as an x-ray source and was generated by the high-power (Vulcan) glass laser system at the SERC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. The performance of the array was directly compared with the response of Kodak DEF x-ray film. In order to compare quantitatively the performances of the PDA and the film, detective quantum efficiency (DQE) considerations are presented for both devices. It is demonstrated that the PDA has a useful dynamic range which is approximately seven times greater than that of film, a peak DQE of approximately six times that of film, and a greatly superior low-signal performance. The operational characteristics of the PDA are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-170
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of X-Ray Science and Technology
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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