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Numerous carbon bulk or thin-film materials have been used as field-emission cathodes. Most of these can be made into large-area and high-current field-emission cathodes without the use of complex IC fabrication techniques. Some of these exhibit low-extraction field, low work-function, high ruggedness, chemical stability, uniform emission, and low-cost manufacturability. A comparison of all of these materials was presented. Two viable cathode materials, reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) and graphite paste are examined here and compared.