electron diffraction

noun

Definition of electron diffraction

: an effect due to the wavelike nature of electrons and observed when a narrow beam of them upon passing through a very thin layer of a material (such as a metal crystal) is deflected in particular directions and if allowed to fall on a fluorescent screen produces a pattern of light and dark areas, the pattern formed by these areas being characteristic of the material traversed

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“Electron diffraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20diffraction. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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