Lines on Paper (High School curriculum lesson)

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Description
Students will learn how scientists use a process called X-ray diffraction to figure out the structure of things that are too small to see such as atoms, molecules, and crystal structures.This lab will help students understand how light is bent into different directions as it interacts with small objects, especially those on the nanoscale (1-100nm). Students will create and explore their own diffraction gratings.

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Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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Funding

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation

Owning institution

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2011 Joshua LaForge and the University of California, Santa Barbara

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