Stable field emission property of patterned MgO coated carbon nanotube arrays

Supriya Chakrabarti, Lujun Pan, Hiroyoshi Tanaka, Shogo Hokushin, Yoshikazu Nakayama

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Aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a specific pattern were synthesized by catalytic thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. The carbon nanotubes were then coated with MgO layer of different thicknesses to improve the field emission property. Field emission with high stability and low turn-on voltage of about 116 V was observed for the aligned nanotubes coated with a MgO layer of thickness 10 nm compared to that of uncoated CNTs. The current fluctuation for 8 h was found to be as low as 9% for MgO (10 nm) coated nanotubes. The field emission image indicated a very uniform emission from the whole area of the deposited CNTs on the substrate for the 10-nm-MgO-coated CNTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4364-4369
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number7 A
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 4 Jul 2007


  • Field emission
  • High stability
  • Low turn-on voltage
  • MgO coating
  • Patterned aligned carbon nanotubes


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