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Properties of the electron

Physicists currently think that the electron is a fundamental particle. As with any particle at this scale, it can only be defined by its properties. Some of these properties can be measured in the school laboratory.

There is enormous benefit to intermediate and advanced students of seeing some of these experiments. They give an authentic experience of some major developments in particle physics and, in the case of electron diffraction, a glimpse into the counter-intuitive and exciting world of quantum objects.


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