Author: Leedle, K.J.
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MOPLH25 Characterization of Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Electron Emission from Diamond Nano-Tips 228
  • V.N. Pavlenko, H.L. Andrews, R.L. Fleming, D. Gorelov, D. Kim, E.I. Simakov
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
  • D.S. Black, K.J. Leedle
    Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  Funding: LANL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD).
Nanocrystalline diamond is a promising material for electron emission applications, as it combines robustness of diamond and ability to easily conform to a pre-defined shape, even at nano-scale. However, its electron emission properties are yet to be fully understood. Recently, we started to investigate femtosecond-laser-induced strong-field photoemission from nanocrystalline diamond field emitters with very sharp (~10 nm apex) tips. Initial results show that the mechanism of electron emission at ~1010 W/cm2 light intensities in the near UV to near IR range is more complex than in metals. We present our latest experimental results obtained at Stanford University, while LANL’s strong-field photoemission test stand is being commissioned. We show that strong-field photoemission occurs not only at the nano-tip’s apex, but also on flat diamond surfaces (e.g., pyramid sides), that is why extra care needs to be taken to differentiate between emission spots on the chip. Qualitatively, we discuss the models that explain the observed dependences of electron emission on the optical power, polarization of the light, etc.
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About • paper received ※ 27 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 06 September 2019       issue date ※ 08 October 2019  
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