7A60.21 - Electron Diffraction - Optical Simulation

See procedure.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Electron Diffraction - Optical Simulation
Two-Dimensional Gratings, Crystal Structures
Area of Study:
Optics, Modern Physics
Helium-neon laser (2 to 5 mw.), Optics bench, Optical Transform Slides - Unit Slide, Discovery Slide.

See also 6D20.58 in Optics

An optical analog of electron diffraction is to use the slides that have crystal pattern reductions and a laser.  Different crystal structures will give different 2-D diffraction patterns. 

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  • George R. Mitchell, "The Reciprocal Lattice - A Demonstration", AJP, Vol. 46, #5, May 1978, p. 574.
  • Ronald Bergsten, "Optical Crystals", AJP, Vol. 42, # 2, Feb. 1974, p. 91.
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  • "Optical Transform Kit",  Institute for Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Ellis, Geselbracht et al.,  Teaching General Chemistry: A Materials Science Companion,  "Chapter 4: Determination of Structure Using Data",  p. 77.

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