Nanocrystalline diamond films have been synthesized by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition using N2/CH4 as the reactant gas without additional H2. The nanocrystalline diamond phase has been identified by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses. High resolution secondary ion mass spectroscopy has been employed to measure incorporated nitrogen concentrations up to 8 ×1020 atoms/cm3. Electron field emission measurements give an onset field as low as 3.2 V/μm. The effect of the incorporated nitrogen on the field emission characteristics of the nanocrystalline films is discussed.
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