This book is dedicated to field emission electronics, a promising field at the interface between "classic" vacuum electronics and nanotechnology. In addition to theoretical models, it includes detailed descriptions of experimental and research techniques and production technologies for different types of field emitters based on various construction principles. It particularly focuses on research into and production of field cathodes and electron guns using recently developed nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes. Further, it discusses the applications of field emission cathodes in new technologies such as light sources, flat screens, microwave and X-ray devices.
Nikolay Egorov is Doctor of Science in physics and mathematics, professor and head of the department of Electromechanical and Computer Systems Modelling in St.Petersburg State University. He's an author of more than 300 research papers, 4 monographies. He's a cavalier of Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" of II class, laureate of St.Petersburg University prize for best research and medal of honour of German national organization for hydrogen and fuel technologies (NOW). He's also a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Vacuum Electron Sources Conference (IVESC) and the editorial board of HYdrogen - POwer THeoretical and Engineering Solutions International Symposium (HYPOTHESIS).
Evgeny Sheshin is professor and deputy head of Vacuum Electronics department of Moscow institute of Physics and Technology. He has more than 500 research papers, 60 patents in several countries, 3 books (in Russian). He has won a gold medal from European Chamber of Industry and Science for fundamental contributions in electronics.
Introduction.- Basic principles.- Experimental equipment and technique.- Modern developments in theoretical research of field emission.- Simulation of structure and parameters of field emission cathodes.- Field-emission cathodes.- Carbon-based field-emission cathodes.- Computation of field-emission cathode-based electron guns.- Field-emission cathode-based devices and equipment.