A study of field emission from cadmium sulphide

  • Leslie T.J. Salmon

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


It was decided to investigate field emission from cadmium sulphide because many workers have found that the agreement between theory and experiment for this material, and other semiconductors, is poor. An electron energy analyser, similar to those used in most of the previously reported experiments, was, therefore, built. The performance of the analyser was thoroughly investigated both theoretically and practically and the results of these investigations were used in conjunction with a tungsten emitter. Excellent agreement was obtained between the usually accepted total energy distribution for tungsten and the corresponding .distribution measured with the present analyser. A method of obtaining reliable cadmium sulphide emitter was developed. These emitters were then used in the analyser and it was found that the agreement between theory and experiment was poor. Previous explanations of the lack of agreement are considered and are found to be doubtful. The theory of field emission from semiconductors is reviewed and possible reasons for the discrepancy between theory and experiment are proposed. Finally, further experiments are described which should prove or disprove the conclusions arrived at in this work.
Date of Award1972
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorErnest Braun (Supervisor)


  • field emission
  • radmium sulphide

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