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Multi-Mode Phonon-Controlled Field Emission from Carbon Nanotubes: Modeling and Experiments

Sinha, N and Mahapatra, DR and Yeow, JTW and Melnik, RVN (2008) Multi-Mode Phonon-Controlled Field Emission from Carbon Nanotubes: Modeling and Experiments. In: Proc. of the 2007 7th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, Hong Kong, August 02-05, 2-5 Aug. 2007, Hong Kong.

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The main idea proposed in this paper is that in a vertically aligned array of short carbon nanotubes (CNTs) grown on a metal substrate, we consider a frequency dependent electric field, so that the mode-specific propagation of phonons, in correspondence with the strained band structure and the dispersion curves, take place. We perform theoretical calculations to validate this idea with a view of optimizing the field emission behavior of the CNT array. This is the first approach of its kind, and is in contrast to the the conventional approach where a DC bias voltage is applied in order to observe field emission. A first set of experimental results presented in this paper gives a clear indication that phonon-assisted control of field emission current in CNT based thin film diode is possible.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
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Keywords: field emission;carbon nanotube;electrodynamics;hydrodynamics; phonon;wave propagation;dispersion
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2011 07:45
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2011 07:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/41596

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