Rutherford scattering

noun

Definition of Rutherford scattering

: a scattering of alpha particles on passage through thin metal foils in an angular distribution that indicates a concentration of positive charge at the atomic nucleus

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First Known Use of Rutherford scattering

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Rutherford scattering

after Baron Ernest Rutherford

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“Rutherford scattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rutherford%20scattering. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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