Carbon nanotube electron source based ionization vacuum gauge

Changkun Dong; Myneni, Ganapati R.
June 2004
Applied Physics Letters;6/28/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 26, p5443
Academic Journal
The results of fabrication and performance of an ionization vacuum gauge using a carbon nanotube electron source fire presented. The electron source was constructed with multiwall nanotubes, which were grown using thermal chemical vapor deposition. The electron emission of the source was stable in vacuum pressure up to 10-7 Torr, which is better than the metal field emitters. The measurement linearity of the gauge was better than ±10% from 10-6 to 10-10 Torr. The gauge sensitivity of 4 Torr-1 was achieved under 50 μA electron emission in nitrogen. The gauge is expected to find applications in vacuum measurements from 10-7 Torr to below 10-11 Torr.


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