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Electron Single Slit Diffraction

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Homework Statement



Electrons pass through a 10-6m wide slit with a speed of 1.5 x 106m/s. How wide is the electron diffraction pattern on a detector 1 m behind the slit.

Homework Equations



[tex]\lambda[/tex]=h/mv (matter waves)
asin[tex]\theta[/tex]=m[tex]\lambda[/tex] (path length difference for constructive interference)
y=Ltan[tex]\theta[/tex] (location of bright fringes)



The Attempt at a Solution


First I found the wavelength of the electrons using De Broglie's equation. This I'm pretty sure is correct. What I'm not sure about is how electrons diffract in a single slit. i don't know if the formulas for the single slit diffraction of light waves will work for electrons.
 

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Diffraction is a wave phenomenon. It doesn't matter what kind of wave, so the equations you had for diffraction with light will work. The equation you have above, however, is for double-slit interference.
 
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what??/ really? my book says that's the equation for single slit...in double slit it is different in that they use the small angle approximation

what is the formula for single slit then

and the other thing i was wondering about is that won't there be a LOT of bright bringes and thus the diffraction pattern can extend really far so how would we know which m value to use?
 
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