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Homework Help: Characteristic X-rays, intensity ratios

  1. Apr 23, 2006 #1

    What can be said about the intensity ratios of characteristic X-rays (Kalpha to Kbeta ) originating from a X-ray tube? I mean roughly and in general, not for some very specific anode material.

    I first thought that K-L (Kalpha) transitions would be more likely to happen than K-M:s (Kbeta). Then I had a look at a X-ray diffraction spectrum, and it seems Kbeta is quite a bit more intense than Kalpha.

    Looking forwards to reading your wise thoughts!
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 23, 2006 #2
    about 2 to 1 usually. The KA transition is more probable. I don't understand how you could deduce something contrary to this, especially from a diffraction pattern. did you mean fluorescence spectrum?
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