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Fowler-Nordheim Plot Analysis: a Progress Report

Forbes, Richard, Deane, Jonathan, Fischer, Andreas and Mousa, Marwan S. (2015) Fowler-Nordheim Plot Analysis: a Progress Report Jordan Journal of Physics, 8 (3). pp. 125-147.

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The commonest method of characterizing a cold field electron emitter is to measure its current-voltage characteristics, and the commonest method of analysing these characteristics is by means of a Fowler-Nordheim (FN) plot. This tutorial/review-type paper outlines a more systematic method of setting out the Fowler-Nordheim-type theory of cold field electron emission, and brings together and summarises the current state of work by the authors on developing the theory and methodology of FN plot analysis. This has turned out to be far more complicated than originally expected. Emphasis is placed in this paper on: (a) the interpretation of FN-plot slopes, which is currently both easier and of more experimental interest than the analysis of FN-plot intercepts; and (b) preliminary explorations into developing methodology for interpreting current-voltage characteristics when there is series resistance in the conduction path from the high-voltage generator to the emitter's emitting regions. This work reinforces our view that FN-plot analysis is best carried out on the raw measured current-voltage data, without pre-conversion into another data format, particularly if series resistance is present in the measuring circuit. Relevant formulae are given for extracting field-enhancement-factor values from such an analysis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Authors :
Fischer, Andreas
Mousa, Marwan S.
Date : 2015
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved, Yarmouk University License: Free for educational use Texts availability: Free (See:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cold field electron emission; Fowler-Nordheim plot analysis
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Additional Information : v7 (attached) is publication version, but with correction of typographic errors on pages 138 and 141 of published version. Cite as: arXiv:1504.06134 [cond-mat.mes-hall] (or arXiv:1504.06134v7 [cond-mat.mes-hall] for this version)
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Jul 2017 08:49
Last Modified : 10 Jun 2019 12:58

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