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Publication numberUS2198479 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date23 Apr 1940
Filing date3 Nov 1937
Priority date3 Nov 1937
Publication numberUS 2198479 A, US 2198479A, US-A-2198479, US2198479 A, US2198479A
InventorsIrving Langmuir
Original AssigneeGen Electric
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Image reproduction
US 2198479 A
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pril 23, 1940. 1 LANGMUlR 2,198,479

IMAGE REPRODUCTION Filed Nov. 3, 1937 FLUORESCENT Inventor Irving) Lam muir,

Hiq Attorney.

Patented Apr. 23, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE to General Electric of New York Company, a corporation Application November s, 1937, serial No. 172,509

3 Claims.

The present invention relates to image reproduction, and more particularly to improvements in image reproduction systems of the type described and claimed in Patent No. 2,158,853 of4 5 W. D. Coolidge, granted May 16, 1939, and assigned to the General Electric Company.

The aforementioned Coolidge patent discloses apparatus by means of which a relatively Weak or transitory primary visible image produced by a source of radiation, for example X-rays (including gamma-rays) or other ultra-visible radiations may be converted into a secondary visible image of substantially greater intensity or greater This is ac.

face which comprises fluorescent and photoelectric materials in close mechanical association.

The features of novelty which I desire to protect herein will be pointed out with particularity in the appended claims. The-invention itself, together with further objects and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following specification taken in connection with the drawing, in which Fig.A 1 shows in partial section an image reproduction system suitably embodying the invention and Figs. 2 and 3 show fragmentary details of various parts of the construction of Fig. 1.

Referring particularly to Fig. 1 there is shown at the extreme left of the figure an X-ray tube comprising a cathode I0 and a target or anode II. poses radiations originating at the target II impinge upon an object to be examined, such an object being represented in the present case as a human hand I3; Radiations transmitted .through the object are caused to fall upon the end wall I5 of an evacuated transparent or translucent envelope I6, suitably of glass which constitutes the enclosure for an image reproduction device. In accordance with the invention the wall I5 is provided with common means whereby the transmitted X-radiations may be successively converted into a visible image and then into a beam of photoelectrons having a section pattern cor- In the use of this device for diagnostic pur- (Cl. Z-153) responding to that of the visible image. Such a means may include, for example, a combination of fluorescent and photoelectrlc materials applied to the inside of the wall I5. One particular combination which I consider suitable for this purpose comprises a layer of calcium tungstate supercially coated with a film of photoelectrically active material. The photoelectrlc lm is preferably at least slightly conductive in character and should be so thin as to `be substantially transparent. It may be composed, for example, of a deposit of slightly oxidized silver which has been activated with an alkali metal, preferably caesium. The physical structure of the composite surface is indicated in Fig. 2 in which I1 is a layer of a material which is adapted to iiuoresce under the influence of X-rays and I8 is a conducting transparent film comprising a photoelectric substance. In an alternative arrangement the uorescent and photoelectrlc materials may be admixed to form a single layer. Under the action of impinging X-radiations /the fluorescent material will form a visible image whose nature will be determined by that ofthe interposed object I3. The light thereby devel.- oped will in turn be effective to release electrons from vthe associated photoactive material in a pattern which corresponds closely to that of the image itself. As explained in the Coolidge application above referredto, the electrons so developed may be focused electron-optically to impinge on another fluorescent screen 20 where they will produce a secondary visible image corresponding in outline to the section pattern of the electron beam. If, during the transition'period the electrons are accelerated to a sufficiently high velocity, this secondary image may be of substantially greater intensity than the primary image. Consequently, a camera positioned as indicated at 30 may obtain a good photographic record of the image even though a relatively weak source of X-rays is employed.

In the present instance a suitable accelerating and focusing system is shown as comprising an accelerating electrode 2I adapted to be charged to a high potential with respect to the emissive lsurface I8 and an associated focusing electrode mating at the cathode surface I8 may be caused to form on the fluorescent screen 20 a clear and intensified secondary image corresponding to the primary image which appears on the surface I1. In some cases it may be desirable to augment the electron-optical lens formed by the electrodes 2| and 23 by means of additional magnetic or electrostatic focusing means.

While I have shown particular embodiments of my invention, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that many modifications may be made without departing from the invention, and I aim by the appended claims to cover all such modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of my invention.

What I claim as new and desire to obtain by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. A composite electrode comprising a layer of calcium tungstate adapted to be excited to iiuorescence by the action of impinging radiations and a transparent film of oxidized silver thereon, said lm being photoelectrically activated with caesium, whereby fluorescence of the calcium tungstate layer results in electron emission from the electrode.

2. In an image-reproducing system, a source of primary radiations, an electrode exposed to the said primary radiations and having contiguously arranged uorescent and photoelectric components, the iiuorescent component being adapted to luminesce in response to impingement of the said primary radiations thereon, and the photoelectric coinponent being substantially non-emissive when excited solely by said primary radiations but being capable of effective electron emission when excited by light from the iiuorescent component, and image-reproducing means for receiving electrons emitted by the photoelectric component in response to excitation of the flucrescent component by the said primary radiations.

3. In an image-reproducing system, a source of X-rays deiining a primary image, an electrode exposed to the saidsource and having a photovelectric component arranged in direct contact with a fluorescent component which is adapted to luminesce when excited by X-rays, the said photoelectric component being substantially nonemissive when excited solely by X-rays but being

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U.S. Classification250/214.0VT, 430/139, 313/251, 313/527
International ClassificationH01J29/10, H01J29/38
Cooperative ClassificationH01J29/385
European ClassificationH01J29/38B