Enhancement of field emission from multistage structure of carbon nanotube arrays

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Wonbong Choi

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Kinzy W Jones

Third Advisor's Name

Arvind Agarwal

Date of Defense



The field emission measurements for the multistage structured nanotubes (i.e., thin-multiwall and single wall carbon nanotubes grown on multiwall carbon nanotubes) were carried out and a low turn-on field of ~0.45 V/ μm, high emission current of 450 μA at a field of IV/μm and a large field enhancement factor of ~26200 were obtained. The thin multiwall carbon nanotubes (thin-MWNTs) and single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were grown on the regular arrays of vertically aligned multi wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) on porous silicon substrate by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) method. The thin-MWNTs and SWNTs grown on MWNTs in this way have a multistage structure which gives higher enhancement of the electric field and hence the electron field emission.



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