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Can Lα X-ray of One Material Have Shorter Wavelength than Kα X-ray of Another? - Physics

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Can Lα X-ray of one material have shorter wavelength than Kα X-ray of another?

Solution

An Lα X-ray is emitted when an electron jumps from the M to the L shell, and a Kα X-ray is emitted when an electron jumps from the L to the K shell. Less energy is involved when an electron jumps from the M to the L shell than when it jumps from  the L to the K shell. Also, wavelength of a photon is inversely related to its energy. Therefore, an Lα X-ray has higher wavelength than a Kα X-ray for the same material.

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