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Influence of cluster-assembly parameters on the field emission properties of nanostructured carbon films

Ducati, C and Barborini, E and Piseri, P and Milani, P and Robertson, J (2002) Influence of cluster-assembly parameters on the field emission properties of nanostructured carbon films. Journal of Applied Physics, 92. pp. 5482-5489. ISSN 0021-8979

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Abstract

Supersonic cluster beam deposition has been used to produce films with different nanostructures by controlling the deposition parameters such as the film thickness, substrate temperature and cluster mass distribution. The field emission properties of cluster-assembled carbon films have been characterized and correlated to the evolution of the film nanostructure. Threshold fields ranging between 4 and 10 V/mum and saturation current densities as high as 0.7 mA have been measured for samples heated during deposition. A series of voltage ramps, i.e., a conditioning process, was found to initiate more stable and reproducible emission. It was found that the presence of graphitic particles (onions, nanotube embryos) in the films substantially enhances the field emission performance. Films patterned on a micrometer scale have been conditioned spot by spot by a ball-tip anode, showing that a relatively high emission site density can be achieved from the cluster-assembled material. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thin-films amorphous-carbon mechanisms diamond-like carbon electron-emission
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:23
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 01:08
DOI: 10.1063/1.1512969