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Progress in securing the foundations of field-assisted electron emission theory

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2 Author(s)
Forbes, Richard G. ; Adv. Technol. Inst., Univ. of Surrey, Guildford, UK ; Deane, J.H.B.

This paper presents the results of a re-examination of the wave-mechanical theory of electron emission across an exact triangular barrier. This is a fourth-generation treatment of a problem first addressed by Fowler and Nordheim in 1928, subsequently by other researchers. The outcome is a transparent derivation of an exact general analytical formula (previously found by Jensen) and the identification of numerous special cases in which specific approximations to the general formula apply.

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Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC), 2011 24th International

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18-22 July 2011