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Title: Photocathode

A photocathode designs that leverage the grazing incidence geometry yield improvements through the introduction of recessed structures, such as cones, pyramids, pillars or cavities to the photocathode substrate surface. Improvements in yield of up to 20 times have been shown to occur in grazing incidence geometry disclosed herein due to a larger path length of the X-ray photons which better matches the secondary electron escape depth within the photocathode material. A photocathode includes a substrate having a first side and a second side, the first side configured to receive x-ray energy and the second side opposing the first side. A structured surface is associated with the second side of the substrate such that the structured surface includes a plurality of recesses from the second side of the substrate into the substrate.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1411395
Assignee:
National Security Technologies, LLC (North Las Vegas, NV) NSTEC
Patent Number(s):
9,837,238
Application Number:
15/249,197
Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 Aug 26
Research Org:
Nevada Test Site (NTS), Mercury, NV (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION