Panwar, O. S. and Rupesinghe, Nalin and Amaratunga, G. A. J. (2008) Field emission from as grown and nitrogen incorporated tetrahedral amorphous carbon/silicon heterojunctions grown using a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B , 26 (2). 566-575 . ISSN 1520-8567

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This article reports the field emission measurements on as grown tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) and nitrogen incorporated tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C: N) filmsgrown using a pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc technique. The effect of varying thickness on field emission in the as grown ta-C films and the effect of varying nitrogen content in ta-C: N films have also been studied. The values of threshold field of emission (Eturnon) increase with decrease of thickness in the as grown ta-C films. Nitrogen incorporation up to 5.2at.% in ta-C films decreases the value of Eturnon from 9.9to5.1V/μm and thereafter it starts increasing again. To understand the mechanism of electron emission, a realistic energy band diagram of ta-C:N/n++Si heterojunction has been proposed from the experimentally measured valence and conduction band offsets, using in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy data already published in DRM 9 (2000) 1148. The data are explained using the Fowler and Nordheim theory. The field emission results obtained reveal that there exists a barrier to emission and the main barrier is at the front surface and this is related to the conduction band offset of the ta-C:N/n++Si heterojunction.

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Subjects: Engineering
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 08:29
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