Open Access Nano Express

Investigation on the Plasma-Induced Emission Properties of Large Area Carbon Nanotube Array Cathodes with Different Morphologies

Qingliang Liao1, Zi Qin1, Zheng Zhang1, Junjie Qi1, Yue Zhang1*, Yunhua Huang1 and Liang Liu2

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, Department of Materials Physics, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 100083 Beijing, China

2 Department of Physics, Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, China

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Nanoscale Res Lett 2011, 6:40  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9784-x

Published: 28 September 2010


Large area well-aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays with different morphologies were synthesized by using a chemical vapor deposition. The plasma-induced emission properties of CNT array cathodes with different morphologies were investigated. The ratio of CNT height to CNT-to-CNT distance has considerable effects on their plasma-induced emission properties. As the ratio increases, emission currents of CNT array cathodes decrease due to screening effects. Under the pulse electric field of about 6 V/μm, high-intensity electron beams of 170–180 A/cm2 were emitted from the surface plasma. The production mechanism of the high-intensity electron beams emitted from the CNT arrays was plasma-induced emission. Moreover, the distribution of the electron beams was in situ characterized by the light emission from the surface plasma.

Carbon nanotubes; Chemical vapor deposition; Plasma-induced emission; High-intensity electron beams