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Spectroscopic insight of low energy electron emission from diamond surfaces

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Low work function materials are desirable in many applications such as electron emission and photo-catalysis. We have studied low energy electron emission from low work function hydrogen terminated diamond surfaces via electron spectroscopy to gain insight into the mechanisms involved during electron excitation and emission. Electron emission was found to be dominated by electrons within the band gap energy region, allowed due to the negative electron affinity diamond surface, while sub-bandgap illu-mination was able to significantly increase emission current. Substantial upward surface band bending greater than 2 eV was observed for the diamond samples, which affect electron accumulation at the surfaces. Intra-bandgap states are shown to strongly influence electron emission behavior, which can have great implications for various energy conversion devices. (c) 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Tijdschrift: Carbon
ISSN: 0008-6223
Volume: 185
Pagina's: 376 - 383
Trefwoorden:Diamond, Thermionic emission, Spectroscopy, Surface states