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Homework Help: Electron diffraction lab question

  1. Jan 27, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I'm just making sure I have the correct parameters for a linear graph. The experiment used a diffraction tube to verify deBroglie's hypothesis. The goal is to find the correct lattice spacings in graphite for d(10) and d(11). This might be lacking in pertinent information, but I imagine this experiment is pretty widely done.

    2. Relevant equations


    sin4(theta)=Diameter/Length to screen

    Bragg equation: nlambda=2dsin

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think if you plot d vs 1/sqrtV you'll get a linear graph, or at least I thought that. I know this is relatively easy, but I feel like I've just missed something important.
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  3. Jan 31, 2009 #2


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    Can you post your graph (preferably using a site like photobucket.com or imageshack.com)?

    What you expect seems right, but seeing the graph would help.

    Another question, what range of voltages are you using? It may be necessary to account for the electrode work function in the value of V.

    Since "d" refers to the lattice spacing, can we use "D" for the diameter of the diffraction rings?

    For other potential helpers, here is info on electron diffraction tubes:
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2009
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