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Low-voltage vertical multilayer thin-film-edge FEA for field emitter displays
Author(s): David S.Y. Hsu; Henry F. Gray
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Paper Abstract

A new field emitter array (FEA) electron source has been developed which includes a hollow cylindrical multi-layer thin-film-edge low work function emitter and a low capacitance horizontal extraction gate. The field emitter is made by sandwiching a low work function lithium thin film between two high work function noble metal thin films to create a lithium dispenser field emitter in each FEA cell. Our fabrication method, based on conformal chemical beam deposition, is self-aligned and consists of very few processing steps compared to conical or pyramidal FEAs. The structure is fundamentally tolerant to back ion-bombardment and insensitive to poisoning as determined by cycling the operating emitter from 10-8 to 10-6 Torr of room air for several hours with no significant change in emission current. Using an extraction voltage of 62 volts we measured 16 microamps from 1-3 FEA cells. No special activation is required either for initial turn-on or when taking the FEA out to air and back again to vacuum. We believe this new FEA should be scalable and inexpensive for manufacturing low-cost FEDs. The chemistry, fabrication, and emission characteristics will be discussed in this talk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3636, Flat Panel Display Technology and Display Metrology, (12 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344639
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David S.Y. Hsu, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Henry F. Gray, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3636:
Flat Panel Display Technology and Display Metrology
Bruce Gnade; Edward F. Kelley, Editor(s)

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