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

Guillorn, M. A.; Melechko, A. V.; Merkulov, V. I.; Ellis, E. D.; Britton, C. L.; Simpson, M. L.; Lowndes, D. H.; Baylor, L. R.
November 2001
Applied Physics Letters;11/19/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 21, p3506
Academic Journal
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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