We discuss the loss of coherence in interfering electron beams due to fluctuating electromagnetic fields. This effect arises from fluctuations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase and results in a loss of contrast in the interference pattern. We present some explicit results for various examples of classical time-varying electromagnetic fields. In some cases, the effect may be large enough to observe in electron interferometry experiments.
|Title of host publication||The Tenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting|
|Subtitle of host publication||On Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories|
|Publisher||World Scientific Publishing Co.|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2006|