Diffraction of 0.5 keV electrons from free-standing transmission gratings

Ben McMorran, John D. Perreault, T. A. Savas, Alex Cronin

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A nanostructured grating was used to diffract a low-energy (500 eV) electron beam, and the current transmitted into the zeroth diffraction order was greater than 5% of the incident beam current. This diffraction efficiency indicates that the 55-nm-wide grating bars absorb electrons but the 45-nm-wide slots between bars transmit electron de Broglie waves coherently. The diffraction patterns can be asymmetric, and can be explained by a model that incorporates an electrostatic potential energy for electrons within 20 nm of the grating structure calculated by the method of images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-364
Number of pages9
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Electron holography
  • Electron interferometry
  • Image-charge
  • Inelastic scattering
  • Low voltage electron diffraction
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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