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Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment - Backstage Science
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Published on 14 Apr 2011
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Ernest Rutherford's famous gold foil experiment involves the scattering of alpha particles as they pass through a thin gold foil.
It led to a better understanding of the structure of atoms.
It's also known as the Geiger--Marsden experiment, after Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden who performed it under Rutherford's supervision.
Particle physicist Bruce Kennedy explains wit this modern re-creation.
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