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Homework Help: Condensed Matter: Thermal Expansion coeff. using diffraction angles

  1. May 9, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    At a temperature of 18°C a beam of diffracted monochromatic x-rays is observed at an angle of 150.8° to the incident beam after being diffracted by a crystal with cubic structure. At a temperature of 318°C the corresponding beam makes an angle of 141.6° with the incident beam. What is the mean coefficient of linear expansion of the crystal in the given temperature range?

    2. Relevant equations


    possibly nλ=2dsinθ

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I already have ΔT and the equation for thermal expansion, but I have no idea how to get l and Δl. I know it must have something to do with the diffraction angles, maybe Bragg's Law? I've scoured the entire internet looking for an equation to relate the two, and I just cant find it. Even just an equation relating those would be helpful. Thank you!
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  3. May 10, 2013 #2


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    Hello, themongrelcat. Welcome to PF!

    See if you can find an expression for Δd/d.
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