CHARACTERISTIC OF FIELD EMISSION FROM CARBON
M. C.-C. Lin, H. J. Lai, M.S. Lai, M. H. Yang, A. K. Li
NANOTUBES SYNTHESIZED FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES
Materials Research Laboratories,
Industrial Technology Research Institute,
Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C.
The field emission of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) synthesized from different
sources is investigated. Comparisons are made between graphite with Ni metal as
catalyst and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon as precursor in arc discharge. Key
parameters are also evaluated to obtain high quality and high yield CNT for
application of field emission display. Cathode deposits are examined using SEM and
HRTEM to determine microstructure. Raman spectroscopy is also used to study carbon
structure. Electron field emission characteristic is measured with the diode
Microstructural investigation provides evidence that both metal catalyst and
precursor not only can be used to synthesize CNTs but also to enhance their
production rate. From field emission measurement, the lowest onset field is about
1.0 V/ µm and can be attributed to highly sharp tips and high density of CNTs.
Based on microstructure characterization and field emission measurement, influence
on field emission of CNT synthesized from different sources is discussed.
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