Nanofabrication and the realization of Feynman’s two-slit experiment

Frabboni, Stefano; Gazzadi, Gian Carlo; Pozzi, Giulio
August 2008
Applied Physics Letters;8/18/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 7, p073108
Academic Journal
Two nanosized slits are opened by focused ion beam milling in a membrane to observe, with a transmission electron microscope, electron interference fringes. Then, on the same sample, one of the slits is closed by focused ion beam induced deposition and the corresponding transmitted intensity is recorded. The comparison between the two measurements provides an impressive experimental evidence of the probability amplitude of quantum mechanics following step by step the original idea proposed by Feynman [The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1966), Vol. 3, Chap. 1].


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