# Bragg reflection at the BZ

1. Feb 13, 2013

### hokhani

As far as I know, Bragg diffraction happens for incident particles which are free; for example free electrons or X-ray are Bragg-reflected under the special conditions. Why the Bragg diffraction happens for electrons which are not free in a crystal?

2. Feb 13, 2013

### M@2

Bragg diffraction happens for WAVES.
Waves can be of any nature and spread in any medium. Electron wave in ion's lattice is a WAVE with ions as diffracting screen.

3. Feb 13, 2013

### hokhani

If we consider the diffraction classically, incident waves are in direction of $k$ and reflected waves are in direction of $k^\prime$ and $G=k-k^\prime$. But for electrons in crystals direction of motion is not direction of wave vector.

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4. Feb 13, 2013

### M@2

In classical physics electrons are not WAVES, so you could not bragg diffract electrons.