Spectrum of X-Rays

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  • When an electron strikes a target the x-rays generated are similar to the energy spectrum of the electrons.
  • Only a small percentage of the x-rays have the maximum energy.
  • The greatest percentage of x-rays (average energy) are approximately 1/3 of the maximum energy.
  • The spectrum in this graph depicts the spectrum of both the x-rays generated and the electrons (beta particles).

    Eavg = 1/3 Emax

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