Electron holography of field-emitting carbon nanotubes

John Cumings, A. Zettl, Martha McCartney, John Spence

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The magnitude and spatial distribution of the electric field surrounding individual field-emitting carbon nanotubes was determined using electron holography performed in situ inside a high resolution transmission electron microscope. It was found that the electric field and the associated field emission current was concentrated precisely at the tips of the nanotubes and not at other nanotube defects. Observations showed that the electric field magnitude and distribution were stable in time, even in cases where the nanotube field emission current exhibited extensive temporal fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056804
Pages (from-to)568041-568044
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 4 2002

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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