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Effects of Residual Gas Exposure on the Field Emission Properties of ZnO Nanorods

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We compare the effects of O2, CO2, N2, H2, and Ar residual gas exposure on the field emission (FE) properties of ZnO nanorods. In contrast to carbon nanotubes and Mo metal microtips, we find that O2 and CO2 exposures do not significantly degrade the FE properties of ZnO nanorods. However, N2 exposure significantly degrades the FE properties. We propose that this could be due to the dissociation of N2 into atomic nitrogen species and the reaction of such species with ZnO. H2 and Ar exposures are not observed to significantly degrade the FE properties.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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