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Published on 14 Apr 2011 | over 5 years ago

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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