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diffraction pattern


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  • n. the pattern of lines or spots produced by diffraction; especially the two-dimensional pattern produced by X-ray diffraction that may be used to determine the structure of a crystal or of a crystalline compound


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  • The short-wavelength light interacts with the regularly repeating molecules in the crystal in such a way that the diffraction pattern can reveal the exact atomic structure of the repeating molecule.

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