We use numerical modeling in Fortran to investigate the claims of Wollenhaupt et al. (2006) and Hommelhoff et al. (2002) regarding ultra-­short electron pulses ionized via laser excitation of a tungsten nanotip. We assume that the nanotip acts as a finite one‐dimensional potential well with the depth equal to the work function of tungsten and the width of the order of the radius of curvature of the nanotip. The interactions of propagating Gaussian wave packets are modeled in order to give insight into the temporal and spatial evolution of the generated electron wave packets. Furthermore we hope to demonstrate the transference of the temporal coherence of the light pulse to the free electron wave packets generated.

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