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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Origin and Etymology of rutherford scattering
after Baron Ernest Rutherford
First Known Use: 1922See Words from the same year
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