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Preparation and Properties of Thin Film MgO Secondary Emitters

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Wargo, P. ; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ; Haxby, B.V. ; Shepherd, W.G.

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Some simple methods of preparing MgO thin films on MgAg alloy with high secondary emission ratios are discussed. The oxidation procedure and a discussion of the underlying phenomena are presented. Films with a secondary yield of 12 at 600 v may be produced by oxidation in either oxygen or carbon dioxide. Results of a study of some of the factors influencing the life of a secondary emitter are given. These include the effects on the secondary emitting characteristics of evaporation products from an oxide‐coated cathode and the deterioration of the thin film under electron bombardment.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 11 )