Davisson and Germer and Quantum Physics
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Along with the work of Pauling, possibly America’s greatest contributions to the new science of quantum mechanics came from Bell Lab scientists Leslie Germer and Clinton Davisson. Upon graduating from Cornell with honors in 1917, Germer accepted a research post at Western Electric.
KeywordsHelium Atom Wave Mechanic Wave Nature Electron Intensity Quantum Mechanical Theory
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