Field emitter tips for vacuum microelectronic devices

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The design criteria for two forms of field emitters (cone and wedge) for vacuum microelectronic applications are discussed. Effects of practical variations in geometry on emission current, spatial and temporal dispersion of electron emission, and emitter heating are calculated by simulation. Several design guidelines for the geometry of the emitter-anode complex are suggested. A sharp silicon tip processing method is presented, which is based on the oxidation inhibition of silicon at regions of high curvature. Methods for forming emitters of other materials are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3586-3590
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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