|Melting Point||2210 °C|
|Solubility in H2O||Insoluble|
Lanthanum Hexaboride, also called LaB6 cathode, is an inorganic chemical of rare earths. With melting point 2528 K, LaB6 cathode is a refractory ceramic material, which is insoluble in water or hydrochloric acid and very stable in vacuum.
The unique properties of lanthanum hexaboride crystals provide stable electron emitting media with work functions near 2.70 eV. The low work function yields higher currents at lower cathode temperatures than tungsten, which means greater brightness, or current at the beam focus, and longer LaB6 cathode life. Typically, LaB6 cathodes exhibit 10 times the brightness and 50 times the service life of tungsten cathodes. In electron microscope applications, these characteristics translate to more beam current in a smaller spot at the sample, improved resolution, and less frequent cathode replacement.
– Extended Life – Thousands of Hours in Clean Vacuum. Guaranteed Life (Measured in Surface Loss). Guaranteed Against Mounting Structure Failure.
– Exceptional Stability – Thermal/Chemical/Electrical. Precision Machined Carbon Mounting. High over-temperature Tolerance.
– High Brightness/Low Energy Spread – Oriented Single Crystal. Best-Quality/High-Purity Material.
– Accurate Microflats – Superior Optics/Controlled Source Size Standard Diameter Available.
|Short-term beam current stability % RMS||<1||<1|
|Typical service life (hr)||1,500+||1000+|
|Operating vacuum (torr)||10-7||10-7|
|Work function (eV)||~2.65||~2.70|
|Evaporation rate (g/cm2-sec)||1.6 x 10-9||2.2 x 10-9|
-Thermionic emission (cathode)
-Plasma source for plasma enhanced coating(PECVD)
-Vacuum electron beam welding machine
-Electron beam surface reforming device
-Electron beam lithography device
-Transmission electron microscope
-Scanning electron microscope
-Surface analysis device
-Radio therapy devices
|Symbol||LaB6 cathode||Thermal Conductive||47 W/mK (20℃)|
|Cas No.||12008-21-8||Thermal Expansion||6.2 10-6K-1 (20-900℃)|
|Atomic Mass||203.78 g/mol||Electrical Resistance||ca.15 μΩ cm (20℃)|
|Density||4.72 g/cm3||Electrical Conductive||6.65×104 S/cm (20℃)|
|Melting Point||2528 K||Currenty Denstiy||150 A/cm2 (1950℃)|
|Hardness||87.5 RA||Electron Emissivity||2.6 eV|
|Flexure Strength (σ)||200 Mpa||Fracture toughness (Kic)||3.0 MN/m3/2|
ACM’s Lanthanum Hexaboride Cathode is carefully handled to minimize damage during storage and transportation and to preserve the quality of our products in their original condition.
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