Phase sensitivity of slow electrons to interactions with weak potentials

S. M. Kennedy, D. E. Jesson, M. J. Morgan, A. E. Smith, P. F. Barker

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The interaction of very slow electrons with weak potentials is investigated in an exactly soluble, one-dimensional quantum mechanical model. Slow electrons are produced by a decelerating ramp potential, as in experimental mirror electron microscopy, so the electrons can interact with a weak field as they slow and reverse direction. Our model provides a wave mechanical interpretation of this turning point region and suggests the possibility of imaging optical fields utilizing the phase of electron matter waves. © 2006 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044701
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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