Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Physics/Applied Physics

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Hafnium carbide, or HfC, is a robust material whose high melting point makes it an advantageous electron source for a variety of uses, including imaging. This research focused on the effects of an applied field at high temperature on HfC crystals, which induces a faceting effect over time. The cause of this faceting was studied to determine whether it could be correlated to evaporation or self-diffusion during use. The method for electrochemically etching hafnium carbide cathodes was also optimized, and the crystallographic geometry of the tip surfaces was studied using field emission microscopy.

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Field Electron Emission of Hafnium Carbide

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Hafnium carbide, or HfC, is a robust material whose high melting point makes it an advantageous electron source for a variety of uses, including imaging. This research focused on the effects of an applied field at high temperature on HfC crystals, which induces a faceting effect over time. The cause of this faceting was studied to determine whether it could be correlated to evaporation or self-diffusion during use. The method for electrochemically etching hafnium carbide cathodes was also optimized, and the crystallographic geometry of the tip surfaces was studied using field emission microscopy.

 

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