Cobalt-containing amorphous carbon composite films have been prepared by the filtered cathodic arc technique using a cobalt-containing graphite target at room temperature. After heat treatment at 550°C in a mixture of acetylene and nitrogen gases, the field emission properties were significantly improved. A threshold electric field of 1.7 V/μm and an emission site density of 105/cm2were obtained without conditioning. The composite films, which can be deposited with a high rate at room temperature and require a relatively low temperature heat-treatment process to enhance electron emission, are promising for practical applications in field emission display.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)