Child's Law - related to anode current


First proposed by Clement D. Child in 1911, Child’s law states that the space-charge limited current (SCLC) in a plane-parallel vacuum diode varies directly as the three-halves power of the anode voltage Va and inversely as the square of the distance d separating the cathode and the anode.

For electrons, the current density J (amperes per meter squared) is written as shown here.

Related formulas


Jcurrent density (A/m2)
Iaanode current (A)
Sanode surface inner area (m2)