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Utah State University

Electron

2003

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Secondary Electron Emission Study Of Annealed Graphitic Amorphous Carbon, Jodie Corbridge May 2003

Secondary Electron Emission Study Of Annealed Graphitic Amorphous Carbon, Jodie Corbridge

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In the 1880s a curious phenomena was observed: when a ray of light, no matter how weak, hit certain metals; electrons were emitted from the surface. Called the “photoelectric effect”, this puzzle was never explained until much later. In 1905, Albert Einstein put forth one possible explanation, which is currently accepted as correct. Einstein proposed that light propagated in discrete energy packets rather than as a continuous wave. While most scientists disbelieved Einstein theory, it was later proved in detail by Robert Milikan.1 Rays of light traveling in discrete packets hit metal surfaces, depositing energy. If the energy is ...


Electron Emission Properties Of Insulator Materials Pertinent To The International Space Station, C. D. Thomson, V. V. Zavyalov, Jr Dennison, Jodie Corbridge Jan 2003

Electron Emission Properties Of Insulator Materials Pertinent To The International Space Station, C. D. Thomson, V. V. Zavyalov, Jr Dennison, Jodie Corbridge

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We present the results of our measurements of the electron emission properties of selected insulating and conducting materials used on the International Space Station (ISS). Utah State University (USU) has performed measurements of the electron-, ion-, and photon-induced electron emission properties of conductors for a few years, and has recently extended our capabilities to measure electron yields of insulators, allowing us to significantly expand current spacecraft material charging databases. These ISS materials data are used here to illustrate our various insulator measurement techniques that include: i) Studies of electron-induced secondary and backscattered electron yield curves using pulsed, low current electron ...