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Melt-Grown Oxide-Metal Composites
Semi-Annual rept. no. 5, 10 Jun-9 Dec 1972
GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF CERAMIC ENGINEERING
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This research is designed to develop melt-grown oxide-metal composite structures for high field electron emission testing. A number of refractory oxide-metal mixtures i.e. UO2-W, stabilized ZrO2 and HfO2-W, UO2-Ta, and the rare earth oxides of Gd2O3, Nd2O3 and La2O3-Mo and W have been successfully induction melted and unidirectionally solidified to form aligned metallic fibers embedded in the oxide matrix. The system CeO2-Mo was added to this list this report period. The chemical etching behavior of UO2-W and CeO2 doped Gd2O3-Mo samples was extensively studied to establish conditions for forming a variety of desirable emitter configurations. Experimental electron emission testing has progressed through the use of better samples and improved etching and brazing procedures to the point where bulk emission currents of several hundred mAsq cm can be routinely obtained. A three-dimensional numerical approximation is being used to theoretically analyze the field emission performance of various pin array geometries.
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