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Electron Diffraction


1) To demonstrate the wave properties of electrons.
2) Examine the DeBroglie relation \lambda = \frac {h}{\vec p}
3) To measure the diffraction planes of graphite.



  • Tel 2501 Universal stand
  • Electron Diffractor 2555 (5Kv .3mA)
  • Teltron Limited London England 813 KV Power Unit
  • HP 6216B Power Supply
  • Wavetek Meterman 85XT multimeter
  • Carrera Precision 6" digital caliper alloy


  1. The main safety concern during this procedure is electrical shock as high voltages(813KeV power supply) will be used. Standard high voltage safety precautions should be taken, including checking all equipment for damage and ensuring the equipment is properly connected.
  2. The second concern is the integrity of the equipment. Most importantly, the graphite diffraction tube. As indicated in the lab manual, the graphite is extremely thin and can be easily punctured by current overload. Use the multimeter to ensure the current stays below the maximum allowed current (0.25mA). Additionally, check the target regularly during the experiment for a red glow, indicative of current overload.


The procedure should be followed from the Lab Manual experiment 3, electron diffraction.

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