Development of X-ray Guide Tube

By: Sumito Ohzawa*

23 September 2008


X-rays entering a smooth surface such as glass at an extremely low angle reflect while maintaining the original strength (total reflection). An X-ray light-collecting device that produces a high-intensity X-ray microbeam using this phenomenon of X-ray total reflection is the X-ray guide tube. This article compares the X-ray guide tube with other X-ray light-collecting devices and outlines the process of X-ray guide tube development and the effects of the tube.

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