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Method and apparatus for analog signal conditioner for high speed, digital x-ray spectrometer

United States Patent

5,870,051
February 9, 1999
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A signal processing system which accepts input from an x-ray detector-preamplifier and produces a signal of reduced dynamic range for subsequent analog-to-digital conversion. The system conditions the input signal to reduce the number of bits required in the analog-to-digital converter by removing that part of the input signal which varies only slowly in time and retaining the amplitude of the pulses which carry information about the x-rays absorbed by the detector. The parameters controlling the signal conditioner's operation can be readily supplied in digital form, allowing it to be integrated into a feedback loop as part of a larger digital x-ray spectroscopy system.
Warburton; William K. (Menlo Park, CA), Hubbard; Bradley (Santa Cruz, CA)
Warburton; William K. (Mountain View, CA)
08/ 702,327
August 2, 1996
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FG03-92ER81311 awarded by the Department of Energy.