In an aluminum alloy vacuum chamber exposed to synchrotron radiation, the photoelectron currents produced were measured with the photons incident at low angles on the side wall and compared with normal incidence. The calculated photocurrents for normal incidence, using published values of the photoyield for oxidized Al, agree to within 15% with the measured values. Differences in the photocurrent dependence on photon spectrum at normal and glancing incidence were attributed to low‐energy photons being totally reflected and hence producing no photoelectrons. It was established that, at glancing angles of incidence down to 11 mrad, a substantial—more than 20%—fraction of the synchrotron radiation is scattered around the vacuum chamber from the initial point of impact. During exposure to synchrotron radiation, the gases desorbed were H2, CO, CO2, and CH4. The similar shapes of the dependence of the gas desorption and the photoelectron currents on the photon spectrum suggested that it is mainly the photoelectrons that are contributing to the desorption. It was estimated that electrons of 60 eV would produce the same gas desorption as synchrotron radiation with a critical energy of 3 keV.

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