A highly efficient time-of-flight electron spectrometer is described. An incident electron current of the order of 10-14 A makes it suitable for studying secondary emission from dielectric surfaces. A microchannel plate position-sensitive detector allows flight distance correction while keeping a large acceptance angle. Measured energy distribution curves of secondary electrons generated from a LiF film by 19–31 eV incident electrons demonstrate good energy resolution and reveal reproducible and stable emission features at 2.6±0.3 eV, 7.2±0.3 eV, and 10.3±0.3 eV. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.