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ERIC Number: EJ1048707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Crystallography: To Infinity and Beyond…
Bond, Charles
Teaching Science, v60 n3 p12-14 Sep 2014
William Henry Bragg moved from Cambridge in Britain to South Australia to take up a professorship at the University of Adelaide in 1885. He brought with him a broad interest in many areas of physics, but when Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays in the 1890s, Bragg's interest was stimulated. William's Australian-born son, Lawrence (WL Bragg), began to share this interest and they worked on the possible applications of X-rays. Together they demonstrated that when X-rays are shined onto a crystal, and the pattern of how the x-rays are scattered (called "diffraction") is examined, information about how the atoms within the crystal are arranged can be gleaned. This Nobel prize-winning "X-ray crystallography" has become the basis for many modern high-technology solutions to challenging problems. This article describes a few examples of the kind of equipment that can be used for crystallography, and the kind of information that can be obtained using them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia