Physical Review Letters
We have developed a nozzle source that delivers a continuous beam of atomic helium or molecular hydrogen having a high degree of transverse coherence and with adequate optical brightness to enable new kinds of experiments. Using this source we have measured single slit diffraction patterns and the first ever speckle-diffraction patterns using atomic and molecular de Broglie waves. Our results suggest fruitful application of coherent matter beams in dynamic scattering and diffractive imaging at short wavelength and with extreme surface sensitivity.
Patton, Forest S., Daniel P. Deponte, Gregory S. Elliott, and Stephen D. Kevan. 2006. "Speckle patterns with atomic and molecular de Broglie waves." Physical Review Letters 97(1): 013202-013202.