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A Simple Moving-Anode X-Ray Tube

Nature volume 155, page 108 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



THERE have now been described a number of moving-anode X-ray tubes, including the mercury-sealed type developed in this Laboratory1–4, and their high performance may be regarded as established. They are, however, mostly expensive and not easy to build, and for the future welfare of X-ray structure analysis, particularly in the fibre and protein fields, something is needed for workers with modest resources—something that does not aim at the power that can be realized with a rotating anode, yet is considerably better than the stationary-anode tubes commonly in use. We have designed and constructed such a simple, demountable and inexpensive tube as follows.

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    , Meeting of X-Ray Analysis Group of Institute of Physics, Leeds, November 25, 1944.

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    , Ph.D. Thesis, University of Leeds (1938).

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    , Electronic Eng., Pt. 1, 272 (Dec. 1944); Pt. 2, in the press. Meeting of X-Ray Analysis Group of Institute of Physics, Leeds, November 25, 1944.

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    , J. Sci. Instr., 21, 97 (1944).

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  1. Textile Physics Laboratory, University of Leeds. Dec. 12.

    • W. T. ASTBURY
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