Provided are electron emitters based upon diamondoid monolayers, preferably self-assembled higher diamondoid monolayers. High intensity electron emission has been demonstrated employing such diamondoid monolayers, particularly when the monolayers are comprised of higher diamondoids. The application of such diamondoid monolayers can alter the band structure of substrates, as well as emit monochromatic electrons, and the high intensity electron emissions can also greatly improve the efficiency of field-effect electron emitters as applied to industrial and commercial applications.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT
This invention was made with Government support under contract numbers DE-AC03-76SF00098 and DE-AC02-76SF-00515 awarded by the Department of Energy, 0304981 awarded by the National Science Foundation, and N00014-04-1-0048 awarded by the Office of Naval Research. The Government has certain rights in this invention.