Hydrogen influences many properties of diamond films, such as invoking negative electron affinity, inducing increased electron emission from diamond thermionic emitters. However, the thermionic emission diminishes at temperatures exceeding 750 °C. In this work, we observed the isothermal thermionic emission decrease followed first-order rate kinetics. Arrhenius examination indicated an activation energy consistent with values for the H-C bond at the surface derived from other works. Results obtained in this study establish a direct link between the presence of hydrogen and the degree of thermionic emission from diamond and is information relevant to the development of higher thermal emission from diamond.

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