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Describe with the Necessary Theory the Davisson and German Establishing Wave Nature of Electrons. - Applied Physics 1

Describe with the necessary theory the davisson and german establishing wave nature of electrons. Calculate the de-broglie wavelength of an alpha particle accelerating through a potential difference of 200 volts given :- mass of alpha
particle = 6.68×10-27kg. 

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According to de Broglie’s hypothesis, a beam of material particle must possess wave
like characteristics and should undergo phenomena like reflection , refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization as the ordinary light waves do. The first experimental verification of wave nature of atomic particles was provided by davisson and germer.


In this experiment , from a hot filament F electrons are accelerated by a small voltage V to strike a target made of a single nickel crystal.

• The electrons are scattered off the crystal in all directions.

•  Help of an scattered electrons in all directions can be recorded with the help of an electron detector which can be rotated on a circular graduated scale.

•  For any accelerating voltage ,V the scattering curve shows a peak or maximum in a particular direction. It is found that for an accelerating voltage of 54 volts a very large number of electrons are scattered at a particular angle , ∅ = 50°.
•  It is assumed that the electron undergoes diffraction and the peak represents the first order spectrum at an angle of 50°.
The diffraction effects is explained as follows.

•  The atomic planes of the nickel crystal act like the ruling of a diffraction grating.
•  The interatomic distances of a nickel crystal is known to be a = 2.15 A°.
•  The interatomic spacing of a nickel crystal is d = 0.09 A°.

• Since, it is assumed that the electrons undergo diffraction they must follow braggs law, 2dsinθ = nλ
•  It is seen that the glancing angle θ = 65°. Assuming the order of diffraction , n= 1 the electron wavelength is experimentally calculated as

                 `λ_E = 1.65 A°.`
• On the other hand since the electron energy is
              `E = 1/2mv^2 = eV`
• The wavelength associated with an electron wave can be written as

 `λ_r = h/(sqrt(2mE)) = h/(sqrt(2meV)) = 12.25/sqrt(V)`

• here the accelerating potential V = 54 volts for which the theoretical electron wavelength is found to be

   `λ_T = 1.67 A°.`
• Which is very close to the experimental value , `λ_E` .
• This agreement confirms de Broglie hypothesis of matter waves.


Given data : - `m_p = 6.68 × 10^-27 Kg , q_α = 4e = 6.4 xx 10^-19 c`

V =200 volts.

Formul :- `-1/2 mV^2 = q_α V , λ = h/(mV) `
Solutions :-- `1/2 mV^2 = q_αV    , v = √ (2q_αV)/m`

`λ= h/(√2q_αmV) `  

`= (6.63 xx 10^-34)/(√ 2 xx6.4 xx 10^-19 xx 6.68 xx 10^-27 xx 200`

Answer : de Broglie wavelength of an alpha particle


Concept: De Broglie Wavelength
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