Thermionic electron emission from a mayenite electride-metallic titanium composite cathode

Toshihiro Yoshizumi, Katsuro Hayashi

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A composite thermionic cathode consisting of 12CaO·7Al 2O3 (C12A7) electride and metallic Ti (70 : 30 vol %) was fabricated as an electron emitter, and the thermionic electron emission properties were evaluated. A high emission current density of ∼1:4mAcm -2 was achieved at 700 °C with an electric field of 4:0 × 104 Vcm-1. The work function evaluated from the Richardson-Dushman equation was 2:1 ± 0:3 eV, which coincides with the value for pure C12A7 electride and is lower than that for LaB6. Unlike the pure material, the composite has ohmic contact with metallic materials, and can be heated directly by electrical current.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015802
JournalApplied Physics Express
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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