Anatoli V. Melechko

Operation of a gated field emitter using an individual carbon nanofiber cathode


We report on the operation of an integrated gated cathode device using a single vertically aligned carbon nanofiber as the field emission element. This device is capable of operation in a moderate vacuum for extended periods of time without experiencing a degradation of performance. Less than 1% of the total emitted current is collected by the gate electrode, indicating that the emitted electron beam is highly collimated. As a consequence, this device is ideal for applications that require well-focused electron emission from a microscale structure. ©2001 American Institute of Physics.

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This article appeared in Applied Physics Letters -- November 19, 2001 -- Volume 79, Issue 21, pp. 3506-3508 and may be found at (URL/link for published article abstract).

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