Bauer, E. Formerly, Physikalisches Institut der Technischen, Universität Clausthal, Clausthal-Zellerfield, Germany.
Brockway, Lawrence O. Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Low-Energy Electron Diffraction
- Interpretation of patterns
- Surface structure
- High-Energy Electron Diffraction
- Reflection HEED
- Scanning HEED
- Transmission HEED
- Diffraction electron microscopy
- Photoelectron diffraction
- Diffraction in Gases and Liquids
- Theory and techniques
- Interpretation of results
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The phenomenon associated with interference processes that occur when electrons are scattered by atoms to form diffraction patterns. The wave character of electrons is shown most strikingly, and doubtless most conclusively, by the phenomena of interference. For this reason, the diffraction of electrons presents the most obvious confirmation of quantum mechanics. Because of the dependence of the diffraction pattern on the distances between the atoms, electron diffraction is also an important tool for the study of the structure of crystals and of free molecules, analogous to the use of x-rays for these purposes. See also: X-ray crystallography; X-ray diffraction
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