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Conditioning of hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films for field emission via current stressing

Carey, JD and Silva, SRP (2001) Conditioning of hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films for field emission via current stressing APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 78 (3). pp. 347-349.

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The effects of electrical current stressing on the field emission characteristics of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) thin films are reported. In these a-C:H films an initial conditioning treatment of the film is often required before the onset of stable emission and only after several voltage cycles do the values of the threshold field tend to converge. By stressing of the film by applying a predetermined current through the film, the initial conditioning treatment can be removed and stable and reproducible emission observed. Retesting of the current stressed films shows that the films remain fully conditioned provided a sufficiently high stress current was initially used.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute
Authors :
Silva, SRP
Date : 15 January 2001
DOI : 10.1063/1.1339999
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Physics, Applied, Physics, DIAMOND-LIKE CARBON, ELECTRON-EMISSION
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