Date of this Version
J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 42 (2009) 165503 (6pp)
We demonstrate a wide-angle electron beam splitter capable of producing 1 cm beam separation at the detection plane. The beam splitter utilizes a nanofabricated periodic grating in combination with a bi-prism element. In contrast to devices utilizing only bi-prism elements, the use of the periodic grating causes amplitude, and not wavefront, splitting. Even at maximum separation, beam profiles remain undistorted, providing evidence that coherence is intact. This is a step towards the realization of a large area electron interferometer using such a grating bi-prism combination.