A source cold cathode field emission array (FEA) source based on ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) field emitters. This system was constructed as an alternative for detection of obscured objects and material. Depending on the geometry of the given situation a flat-panel source can be used in tomography, radiography, or tomosynthesis. Furthermore, the unit can be used as a portable electron or X-ray scanner or an integral part of an existing detection system. UNCD field emitters show great field emission output and can be deposited over large areas as the case with carbon nanotube “forest” (CNT) cathodes. Furthermore, UNCDs have better mechanical and thermal properties as compared to CNT tips which further extend the lifetime of UNCD based FEA.
A. V. Sumant et al., "Method to Fabricate Portable Electron Source based on Nitrogen Incorporated Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (N-UNCD)," U.S. Patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mar 2016.
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science
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29 Mar 2016