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Analysis of field-emitter efficiency variations with geometry
Author(s): In-Jae Chung; Antonino Iannella; Alex Hariz
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Paper Abstract

Prompted by the successful experimental control of concavity of the field emitter profile, simulations on the effect of shape change and cone-side curvature on the field strength of the emitter were carried out. The dependency of field strength on the cone angle or the curvature angle is found to be approximately linear with 5.77 X 104 V/cm/degree. On the other hand, the dependency on the curvature angle (curvature radius) is approximately 4.98 X 104 V/cm/degree which is slightly lower than that of the straight cone angle variation but the average field intensity is about 1.6% higher than that of the pyramidal type. These results indicate that the cone-side curvature angle has a more pronounced effect on the strength of the electrical field than the cone angle. Hence a precise control of cone shape is an effective method of obtaining high electric fields. Optimal shapes of the field emitter can be achieved using appropriate anisotropic, followed by isotropic, etching techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2881, Microelectronic Structures and MEMS for Optical Processing II, (23 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.251252
Show Author Affiliations
In-Jae Chung, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Antonino Iannella, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Alex Hariz, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2881:
Microelectronic Structures and MEMS for Optical Processing II
M. Edward Motamedi; Wayne Bailey, Editor(s)

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