Title

Pseudospark Pulsed Plasma Discharges for a handheld X-ray Generation

Presenter Information

William Cacheris

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

NASA

Abstract

Modern X-ray devices are far too large for portability today due to high energy requirements. They require a concentrated electron beam to be fired upon a target which requires massive amount of current. A new energy source such as a pseudospark induced plasma system can be compact enough to fit within a handheld device yet powerful enough to deliver a reliable and accurate x-ray. The basics of a pseudoplasma device consist of an anode and cathode connected to a capacitor and when triggered at high voltage, can form short lived plasma that emits a concentrated electron beam. Hopefully one day this technology can be refined and put to use to save lives.

Biography

William Cacheris is a double major in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. A junior here at Rolla, William is involved in Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Intercollegiate knights, and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Jing Hu

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Pseudospark Pulsed Plasma Discharges for a handheld X-ray Generation

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Modern X-ray devices are far too large for portability today due to high energy requirements. They require a concentrated electron beam to be fired upon a target which requires massive amount of current. A new energy source such as a pseudospark induced plasma system can be compact enough to fit within a handheld device yet powerful enough to deliver a reliable and accurate x-ray. The basics of a pseudoplasma device consist of an anode and cathode connected to a capacitor and when triggered at high voltage, can form short lived plasma that emits a concentrated electron beam. Hopefully one day this technology can be refined and put to use to save lives.