Field emission properties of polymer graphite tips prepared by membrane electrochemical etching

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This paper investigates field emission behavior from the surface of a tip that was prepared
from polymer graphite nanocomposites subjected to electrochemical etching. The essence of the tip
preparation is to create a membrane of etchant over an electrode metal ring. The graphite rod acts
here as an anode and immerses into the membrane filled with alkali etchant. After the etching process,
the tip is cleaned and analyzed by Raman spectroscopy, investigating the chemical composition of
the tip. The topography information is obtained using the Scanning Electron Microscopy and by Field
Emission Microscopy. The evaluation and characterization of field emission behavior is performed at
ultra-high vacuum conditions using the Field Emission Microscopy where both the field electron
emission pattern projected on the screen and current–voltage characteristics are recorded. The latter
is an essential tool that is used both for the imaging of the tip surfaces by electrons that are emitted
toward the screen, as well as a tool for measuring current–voltage characteristics that are the input to
test field emission orthodoxy.

Klíčová slova
polymer graphite tip, electrochemical etching, field emission microscopy