Multiframe X-Ray Images From A Single Meander Stripline Coated On A Microchannel Plate


Authors: P.M. Bell, J.D. Kilkenny, G. Power, R. Bonner, and D.K. Bradley
Title: Multiframe X-ray Images from a Single Meander Stripline Coated on a MicroChannel Plate
Conference: The paper was prepared for submission to SPIE, San Diego, CA, August 14-18, 1989



  • Microchannel plate (MCP)
  • Gating
  • X-ray imaging
  • Framing camera
  • Meander stripline
  • Implosion
  • High-speed photography
  • Time domain reflectometry (TDR)


This preprint describes the design and results of a novel framing camera configuration for x-ray imaging.


This article describes the design and use of a new type of microchannel plate (MCP) for x-ray imaging.

Summary of Article:

  • Faster MCP Technology: Electrical gating of microchannel plates enables shutter times of less than 100 picoseconds.
  • Novel "Meander" Design: This article focuses on a new design where a single microstrip line is coated onto the MCP in a meander pattern.
  • Advantages of the Meander Design: This design produces multiple images (14 images in the reported test) from a single gate, simplifying the previous need for multiple microstrips and reducing power requirements.
  • Test Results: The meander MCP was tested by capturing x-ray images of a laser-imploded target. Results successfully demonstrated the ability to capture the implosion sequence with a high level of detail.


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