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Compact Piezoelectric X-ray Source

Researchers at the University of Missouri have combined a high gain piezoelectric transformer with an electron beam diode to produce x-rays in a compact, low power form factor. The device has repeatedly demonstrated that it is capable of producing x-rays in excess of 120 kilovolts (kV), more than 20 times higher than piezoelectric sources. The output voltage of the device is sufficient magnitude that x-ray imaging applications, medical or otherwise, are feasible potential applications.

When compared to typical commercial x-ray sources, the Piezoelectric X-ray Source offers a number of distinct advantages. Most apparent of these advantages is its size. Measuring 10 mm x 100 mm and weighing just over 7 grams, the piezoelectric transformer itself is very compact, especially when compared to the equipment typically found in commercial x-ray devices. The Piezoelectric X-ray Source is also very low power, requiring about 1 watt of electrical power to operate. The compact, low power nature of the device suggests that it could be suitable for a portable, battery-operated x-ray source, an application which is incompatible with current conventional x-ray technology.

-Portable electronic x-ray source for medical, biological, geological, etc. applications in remote locations.

-Low power requirements

-Initial tests complete
-Working on increasing the efficiency and flux output

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University of Missouri

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