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Mini-Quiz: X-ray Generation

by Ron Kurtus

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why does an electron give off an x-ray photon in the Bremsstrahlung process?

The electron slows down and energy is transmitted into radiation

The electron speeds up when near the nucleus, thus giving off photons

Bremsstrahlung is German for x-ray radiation

2. Why is the K-shell x-ray radiation not used much?

Only a few atoms have K-shells

It is very inefficient

No one is sure why it never caught on

3. Why wouldn't a synchrotron be used to create x-rays in a dentist's office?

Most dentists don't know how to operate the device

Most dentists use synchrotrons for patients with a lot of cavities

A synchrotron is too large to use outside a laboratory facility

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Physics. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Viewing the Periodic Table of the Elements with X-rays - College experiment using K-shell method


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