X-ray tube with magnetic electron steering

United States Patent

6,151,384
November 21, 2000
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X-ray Tube with Magnetic Electron Steering
An X-ray tube uses a magnetic field to steer electrons. The magnetic field urges electrons toward the anode, increasing the proportion of electrons emitted from the cathode that reach desired portions of the anode and consequently contribute to X-ray production. The magnetic field also urges electrons reflected from the anode back to the anode, further increasing the efficiency of the tube.
Reed; Kim W. (Albuquerque, NM), Turman; Bobby N. (Albuquerque, NM), Kaye; Ronald J. (Albuquerque, NM), Schneider; Larry X. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/115,322
July 14, 1998
378/138 ; 250/423F; 372/2;
H01J 35/00 (20060101); H01J 35/14 (20060101); H01J 003/14 (); H01J 035/14 (); H01S 003/00 ();
378/138 372/2 250/404
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.