J. Va'vra, J. A. Maly, and P. M. Va'vra

"Soft X-Ray Production in Spark Discharges in Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Air, Argon, and Xenon Gases"


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We describe a generator of soft X-rays of energy between 2 and 10 keV by sparking in hydrogen, air, nitrogen, argon and xenon gases at low pressure with a sparking voltage as low as ~0.8 kV, which can be used as a simple monitor of the gaseous detectors. The X-ray production mechanism is discussed, including the possibility of a new process.

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