Paper on auto-ponderomotive electron optics published in Nature Communications
The control of electron and ion beams are of great importance for many areas of research and technology. Both are used, for example, in electron microscopes but also in medical patient treatment. In our latest publication in Nature Communications, we report on the development of auto- ponderomotive optics to guide and manipulate electrons and ions on a chip. Not only do we demonstrate electron and ion guiding for a large energy range (20 to 5000 eV) and mass range (5 ⋅ 10-4 to 131 u), but we also show the first results on a beam splitter that allowed us to split electrons with energies near the keV range into two beams.