Electron guiding through insulating nanocapillaries

K. Schiessl, K. Tokési, B. Solleder, C. Lemell, J. Burgdörfer

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We simulate the electron transmission through insulating Mylar (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET) capillaries. We show that the mechanisms underlying the recently discovered electron guiding are fundamentally different from those for ion guiding. Quantum reflection and multiple near-forward scattering rather than the self-organized charge up are key to the transmission along the capillary axis irrespective of the angle of incidence. We find surprisingly good agreement with recent data. Our simulation suggests that electron guiding should also be observable for metallic capillaries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163201
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 23 2009

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    Schiessl, K., Tokési, K., Solleder, B., Lemell, C., & Burgdörfer, J. (2009). Electron guiding through insulating nanocapillaries. Physical review letters, 102(16), [163201]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.163201