Applied Physics B

, 122:220 | Cite as

Laser-based X-ray and electron source for X-ray fluorescence studies

  • F. Valle Brozas
  • A. Crego
  • L. Roso
  • A. Peralta Conde


In this work, we present a modification to conventional X-rays fluorescence using electrons as excitation source and compare it with the traditional X-ray excitation for the study of pigments. For this purpose, we have constructed a laser-based source capable to produce X-rays as well as electrons. Because of the large penetration depth of X-rays, the collected fluorescence signal is a combination of several material layers of the artwork under study. However, electrons are stopped in the first layers, allowing a more superficial analysis. We show that the combination of both excitation sources can provide extremely valuable information about the structure of the artwork.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Valle Brozas
    • 1
  • A. Crego
    • 2
  • L. Roso
    • 1
  • A. Peralta Conde
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Láseres Pulsados (CLPU)Parque CientíficoVillamayorSpain
  2. 2.Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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