Geometrical Shape Dependence Field Emission From Patterned Carbon Nanotube Array: A Simulation Based Study

Rajkumar Patra*, Himani Sharma, Swati Singh, S. Ghosh, V. D. Vankar

Nanostech Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 16, India

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2014, 5 (10), pp 573-577

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2014.5578

Publication Date (Web): Nov 09, 2014



Designing an efficient field emission source requires theoretical optimization of electron emitters’ geometrical distribution over the surface for its best performance in terms of current density. Seven and nineteen bundles of CNT arrays arranged in different models are analysed in detail using a computational theory in CST studio suite software based on the particle tracking mode. A three dimensional model has been employed to calculate FE properties with high accuracy. Simulations were carried out for a particular number of CNTs of constant height and radius located at fixed distances from each other and arranged in different geometrical patterns. Among all patterns, rectangular arrangement of CNTs is found to produce the maximum current. The edge effect and screening effect are incorporated in calculating total emission current and are found to diminish the contribution of inner rings 10% or less than that of maximum contribution. These findings can be employed as guideline to fabricate pattered CNT structures experimentally for industry applications. 


Field emission, simulation, carbon nanotube, patterning

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