Wedge-shaped field emitters may have some advantages over conical tip emitters as electron sources in vacuum microelectronic devices. A method has been developed to make atomically sharp wedge-shaped silicon through use of dry etching and dry oxidation. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that silicon wedge emitters can be made with wedge radius and angle at 1 nm and 60°, respectively, by repeated oxidation in oxygen at 950°C.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)