Theoretical analysis of the energy exchange and cooling in field emission from the conduction band of the n-type semiconductor

M. S. Chung, Y. J. Jang, A. Mayer, B. L. Weiss, N. M. Miskovsky, P. H. Cutler
2009 Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures Processing Measurement and Phenomena  
Field emission has been theoretically found to contribute to the cooling only for the semiconductor cathodes. Using the formal theory developed recently by authors, the authors have calculated the energy exchange ⌬ as a function of temperature T and field F. It is found that the obtained ⌬ is positive for all T and large enough for a considerable cooling at room temperature. Even when the Joule heating is considered, field emission yields the net cooling effect. It is also found that the
more » ... is more effective for the n-GaN cathode than for the n-Si.
doi:10.1116/1.3093897 fatcat:4f64zqjgdnfavat7fwaljmobnm