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Why integer in Bragg's law

  1. Aug 11, 2012 #1
    Hi there,

    So in bragg's law [itex]2d\sin \theta =n\lambda[/itex], n needs to be an integer. Can anyone explain why? I mean, what if the extra path 2d that the 'second beam' has is not dividable by a wavelength?
    Not sure if this is asked before but could not find it!

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  3. Aug 11, 2012 #2


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    If the extra path 2dsinθ is not an integer multiple of the wavelength, then you don't get constructive interference, hence no wave for that angle θ.

  4. Aug 11, 2012 #3
    Ah, yes! Sorry just also came up with that haha. Thanks!
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