Electron field emission properties of closed and open carbon nanotubes
A. Buldum and J. P. Lu
Assistant Professor, US
Keywords: Carbon nanotubes, field-emission, modeling
Carbon nanotubes have novel physical properties and they are promising materials for future
technological applications. One of the most promising future applications is employing carbon
nanotubes in electron field emission devices. Recent experiments showed that nanotubes have
excellent field emission properties with high current density at low electric fields.
Here, we present theoretical investigations that include geometrical effects and electronic
structure of nanotubes. The electric field is dramatically enhanced near the cap of a nanotube
with large variation of local field distribution. It is found that the deviation of Fowler-Nordheim
behavior is due to the variation of local field in the electron-tunneling region. The maximum
current per nanotube is at the order of 10 microA. Atomic scale aspects of field emission and
simulated emission patterns will also be presented.
NSTI Nanotech 2003 Conference Technical Program Abstract