The generation of intense electron beams with low emittance is key to both the production of coherent x rays from free electron lasers, and electron pulses with large transverse coherence length used in ultrafast electron diffraction. These beams are generated today by photoemission from disordered polycrystalline surfaces. We show that the use of single crystal surfaces with appropriate electronic structures allows us to effectively utilize the physics of photoemission to generate highly directed electron emission, thus reducing the emittance of the electron beam being generated.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)