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Electron Diffraction

An undergraduate level tutorial on electron diffraction.

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Polarization

This page explain what polarisation is, and how light can be polarised using filters, reflection, refraction or scattering.

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Why the sky is blue

A brief and detailed explanation of why the sky is blue, touching on Rayleigh scattering, the wavelength of light and how our eyes work.

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Scattering of light

How light is scattered in the atmosphere, explained simply.

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Reflection of Light

Explains law of reflection including interactive Java tutorials. Links to ideas of fluorescence, diffraction, polarization, scattering and virtual microscopy.

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Rutherford's demonstration

An animated representation of the famous alpha-particle scattering demonstration. You can adjust the frequency of arrival of the particles and observe which make it through and which rebound.

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What DNA Actually Looks Like

An electron microscope has successfully imaged a single strand of DNA.

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Nuclear binding energy

Simulation of alpha scattering with several target atoms and binding energy calculations.

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Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford (1871 - 1937) greatest contribution to physics were his investigations into the scattering of alpha rays and the nature of the inner structure of the atom.

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Sir Chandrasekhara Raman

Sir Chandrasekhara Raman (1888 - 1970) received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named after him.

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