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Diffraction patterns for neutrons

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:07 pm
by Anisha Chandra 1K
Since neutrons also show diffraction patterns after passing through a crystal, do they also have dual wave-particle properties? What about protons? How come their wave-particle duality isn't emphasized and we always focus on electrons?

Re: Diffraction patterns for neutrons

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:31 pm
by John Liang 2I
Yup! all subatomic/super duper small particles all exhibit wave-like properties. Because of the de Broglie equation wavelength=h/mv, a very small mass will give a larger wavelength and vice versa. Electrons are emphasized in class and in our textbook since their particle/wave duality affects how atoms bond and create chemical compounds! Hope this helps!