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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Paxton, William Francis
Author's Email Address william.f.paxton@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03282011-072334
Title Characterization of the thermal electron emission properties of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond films for use in energy conversion
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jim Davidson Committee Member
  • Diamond
  • Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Thermionic Emission
  • Boron-Doped Diamond
Date of Defense 2011-03-23
Availability unrestricted
Thermionic energy conversion is a relatively unexplored technology for the efficient conversion of thermal energy directly to electrical energy. In a thermionic converter, thermally excited electrons are emitted from the surface of a material (defined as thermionic emission) which are then used to drive a load. Emission current density increases exponentially with the temperature of the electron emitter leading to a highly efficient conversion device at elevated temperatures. In this study, the thermionic emission properties of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond are examined for use in thermionic energy conversion.
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