Volume 85, Number 4, February 2009
Article Number 47007
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 09 March 2009
EPL, 85 (2009) 47007
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/85/47007

Effect of electron-phonon interaction on field emission from carbon nanostructures

K. V. Reich1 and E. D. Eidelman1, 2

1   Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences - Politekhnicheskaya 26, St. Petersburg, 194021 Russia
2   Saint-Petersburg Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy - Prof. Popova 14, St. Petersburg, 197336 Russia

received 11 October 2008; accepted in final form 9 February 2009; published February 2009
published online 9 March 2009

We are presenting a model of field emission from carbon nanostructures. The underlying assumption of the model is the existence of a small-radius polaron in the emission center. Our research demonstrates that the polaron does not leave the emission center. The model explains the low work functions and the high cathode temperatures calculated using the emission characteristics. The unique mixture of sp2 and sp3 hybridized carbon atoms coexisting in the emission center was reflected in a formalized manner in the high value of the Migdal parameter for the emission center material. Based on such materials, it is possible to create new materials with high-T superconductivity.

79.70.+q - Field emission, ionization, evaporation, and desorption.
71.38.Ht - Self-trapped or small polarons.
73.63.-b - Electronic transport in nanoscale materials and structures.

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