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Our technical glossary on the topic of coating thickness measurement, material analysis and the characterization of surfaces.

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Radiation source
Radiation source

The primary X-radiation required for X-ray fluorescence analysis is generated using an X-ray tube in which a heated cathode emits electrons which are accelerated to a very high speed by applying high voltage. The X-radiation is created when these electrons strike the anode material of the tube, typically tungsten or molybdenum. To ensure that the X-ray tubes work reliably for years to come, each individual piece must pass extensive incoming inspection tests.

The X-ray generator developed by FISCHER integrates the shielded, oil-cooled tube with the high voltage generation, which results in excellent stability and long service life.

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