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17:30 - 19:00 3 December 2012

The Braggs and X-ray Diffraction


South Wing Council Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Ian Robinson, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL

100 years ago, Henry and Lawrence Bragg (Father and Son) published an explanation of why crystals produced a distinct pattern of spots when exposed to X-rays by Friedrich, Knipping and Laue a year earlier. Their discovery of "X-ray Diffraction" has had profound implications in physics, chemistry and biology and has led, directly or indirectly, to about 20 Nobel prizes. I will demonstrate how diffraction works in this lecture. Today in the LCN, we use X-rays generated by large synchrotron radiation facilities, based on electron particle accelerators, to obtain 3D images of nanomaterials in the ultimate quest for creating better medical sensors.


Mark Huckvale
020 7679 4087 | m.huckvale@ucl.ac.uk


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