Field enhanced thermionic electron emission from sulfur doped nanocrystalline diamond films

F. A M Köck, J. M. Garguilo, Robert Nemanich

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Abstract

Thermal activation of field enhancement based emitters can provide efficient means of lowering the emission barrier, thus enabling high current density electron sources. Microwave plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition was employed to synthesize sulfur doped nanocrystalline diamond films with various sulfur/carbon concentrations. Electron emission at elevated temperatures was characterized by direct imaging of the emission utilizing electron emission microscopy. Sulfur doped nanocrystalline diamond films exhibit electron emission from singular sites indicating a non-uniform distribution of the local field enhancement. The threshold field for electron emission changes significantly by varying the sulfur/carbon concentration in the gas phase. At elevated temperatures the emission is strongly enhanced but remains confined to the intense emission sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-708
Number of pages5
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Volume14
Issue number3-7
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Doping
  • Energy conversion
  • Nanocrystalline
  • Thermionic emission

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Field enhanced thermionic electron emission from sulfur doped nanocrystalline diamond films. / Köck, F. A M; Garguilo, J. M.; Nemanich, Robert.

In: Diamond and Related Materials, Vol. 14, No. 3-7, 03.2005, p. 704-708.

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