Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The approach curve method for large anode-cathode distances
- Author(s): Mammana, Victor P.
- Monteiro, Othon R.
- Fonseca, Leo R.C.
- et al.
An important technique used to characterize field emission is the measurement of the emitted current against electric field (IxE). In this work we discuss a procedure for obtaining IxE data based on multiple approach curves. We show that the simulated features obtained for an idealized uniform surface matches available experimental data for small anode-cathode distances, while for large distances the simulation predicts a departure from the linear regime. We also discuss the shape of the approach curves for large anode-cathode distances for a cathode made of carbon nanotubes.