Improved field emission via laser processing of carbon nanotubes on paper substrates

S. M. Lyth, S. J. Henley, S. R.P. Silva

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The authors report excellent electron field emission characteristics from acid-oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes printed onto paper substrates and subjected to a postdeposition laser treatment. A distinct change in the morphology of the nanotube layer was observed after laser irradiation, and threshold fields improved from 4.8 V/μm before laser irradiation to 2.1 V/μm after laser irradiation. This study shows how field emission cathodes can be fabricated in a straightforward manner on cheap, flexible substrates and that the field emission characteristics can be tailored readily via postdeposition laser treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1071
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B:Nanotechnology and Microelectronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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