Electron Emission from Solid Surfaces

  • K. Ertl
  • R. Behrisch


Electrons are emitted from solid surfaces as a result of heating, of ion, electron and photon bombardment from the plasma, and if a sufficiently high electric field is applied. Thermal electron emission only becomes important at temperatures above 2000° C. With particle bombardment at energies in the 10 to 100 eV range, the yields are typically of the order of 0.1 to 1 except in the case of highly charged ions, where potential emission yields may be well above 1. Field electron emission may be important for the ignition of electrical arcs.


Electron Emission Secondary Electron Emission Emission Yield Potential Emission Secondary Electron Yield 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Ertl
    • 1
  • R. Behrisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PlasmaphysikEURATOM AssociationGarching/MünchenFederal Republic of Germany

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