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A statistical evaluation of the field emission for copper oxide nanostructures

  • Rocha, Mario Sandro Francisco da
  • SANTOS, T. E. A.
  • PAULO, A. C. de
  • Hering, Vitor Renaux
  • ENGELSEN, Daniel den
  • Vuolo, Jose Henrique
  • MAMMANA, S. S.
  • MAMMANA, V. P.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Biblioteca Digital da Produção Intelectual da Universidade de São Paulo (BDPI/USP)
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A statistical data analysis methodology was developed to evaluate the field emission properties of many samples of copper oxide nanostructured field emitters. This analysis was largely done in terms of Seppen-Katamuki (SK) charts, field strength and emission current. Some physical and mathematical models were derived to describe the effect of small electric field perturbations in the Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) equation, and then to explain the trend of the data represented in the SK charts. The field enhancement factor and the emission area parameters showed to be very sensitive to variations in the electric field for most of the samples. We have found that the anode-cathode distance is critical in the field emission characterization of samples having a non-rigid nanostructure. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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