- For this lab we were experimenting to find the characteristic spacings of graphite by using the wave nature of electrons and the separations as a diffraction experiment. We followed the experimental setup outlined by lab manual: lab 3 which consisted of a preconstructed circuit of a high voltage power supply and an electron gun in a glass bulb that was steered by a magnet across onto a screen of phosphorescent material which illuminated the circles representing our graphite spacings. This seems to be analagous to x-ray crystallography which uses reflected x-rays from a crystalline material at different angles to construct a three dimensional model of the atoms and binding forces in the material. Apparently this same experiment can be done with electrons whose wavelength is on the order of x-rays. The more fundamental reason for conducting this experiment is to prove that electrons have wave like properties as well and our proof is that they are diffracted in this experiment. I am still quite unclear about how exactly we measured only these two spacings as the Bragg pattern indicated that for our sample there should have been several more, as in crystallography, however we failed to bombard the material with electrons from any other angleSJK 09:51, 11 November 2008 (EST)Steve Koch:I don't see wavelength in this relation...) we used these data to solve for the spacings. The first set of data refers to taking the diameter from the approximate mean of the widths of the ring and measuring the width separatly and using that as our error. The second set of data we took two measurements: what appeared to be the maximum diameter, and the minimum diameter, we then took the average of these two as our value and the error was the difference between max/min and mean.
- wiki page User:Stephen K. Martinez/Notebook/Junior Lab/2008/10/15
- The data that we got for the experiment was then used to graph the diameters of each ring versus the inverse square root of the voltage, the slope evaluated for this least squares line was then evaluated for the single quantity of d-the line spacing.
0.13(8)nm For the Big Ring Error from accepted 13% 0.2(3)nm For the Small Ring Error from accepted 11.9% value reported fall within the 68% confidence interval
- I learned a lot about the structure of crystalline matter and how we as a scientific community go about examining the structure of materials. I read some of the wiki pages about Bragg Diffraction, Powder diffraction, and x-ray crystallography, so I guess I learned a bit about each of these methods. The biggest problem we actually had was with the data analysis - we werent sure which error to report given our new knowledge about error propagation SJK 10:47, 11 November 2008 (EST)
- Suggestions I guess I heard about making square watermelons by growing them in square glass containers, we could probably evacuate and use one of these for this experiment. SJK 10:48, 11 November 2008 (EST)