(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The element Po forms a crystal with a simple cubic structure of spacing

(3.34A). What is the maximal wavelength of radiation that is diffracted from a powder of that crystal

2. Relevant equations

N/a, however I thought that it may well be something to do with the bragg equation i.e 2d sin(angle) = n*wavelength

3. The attempt at a solution

I had started using the bragg equation, but it's fairly obvious to see that I need to have the angle of incident/reflection also in order to find the wavelength.

As this is the first time that I have had any experience of solid state, I'm really not quite getting it - probably just me.

Could you suggest where I may be going wrong i.e. am I using the wrong equation for this question? and could you suggest a starting point.

I guess that I need to use some feature of the cubic structure in order to calculate this, but I'm a bit lost. :surprised

Thanks

Kel

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