6.3: Enhancement of field emission on surface conduction electron-emitters

Hui Wen Cheng, Yi-Ming Li

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In this work, a novel nanogap with inclined protrusion cathode in palladium strip fabricated by hydrogen absorption under high pressure treatment is optimized for the surface conduction electron emitter. The results of our previous study had shown that the field emission property of the tested structure is superior to conventional one with a coplanar cathode. For a specified emitter material, the surface conduction electron-emitters (SCE) are further investigated by varying the thickness, tilted angle and gap of palladium (Pd). An optimal field emission efficiency with 80o tilted angle, 120 nm gap and 10 nm thickness of Pd is found for certain designed field emission efficiency. We further find that varying the emitter material work function of the emitter material from 5.12 eV to 3.9 eV will further improve the field emission property due to the increase of the emitted current.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalDigest of Technical Papers - SID International Symposium
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 Vehicles and Photons Symposium - Dearborn, MI, United States
Duration: 15 Oct 200916 Oct 2009


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