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High-sensitivity field emission magnetometers and other applications of field emission technologies

French, P.J.; (2008) High-sensitivity field emission magnetometers and other applications of field emission technologies. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

The feasibility and development of a field emission based anisotropic vector magnetometer is presented. Within this scope current magnetic sensing technology is investigated and compared. The advantages of, and need for, a field emission based magnetic sensor are then discussed. Background theory, simulation, fabrication, testing; and future developments of field emission magnetometers are presented. The possible applications of field emission to other technologies are also investigated. The magnetic sensing device presented uses a sharp field emitting tip with a radius of the order of 100nm which is fabricated using standard silicon processing techniques on highly n-doped silicon. Under a vacuum level of , 10^{-6}mBar and at room temperature, a potential applied to a surrounding gate electrode extracts from this tip a beam of electrons which is incident upon two separate anode electrodes. In the absence of an external magnetic field the electron current incident on each of these two electrodes is equal, while in the presence of a magnetic field the Lorenz force skews the beam towards one of the electrodes, resulting in a differential current which is proportional to the magnetic field.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:High-sensitivity field emission magnetometers and other applications of field emission technologies
Language:English
Additional information:Authorisation for digitisation not received. Abstract contains LATEX text. Please see thesis for rendered formulae and equations
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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