Alpha particle

Asked by saaanjus | 26th Nov, 2009, 08:40: PM

Expert Answer:

The intent  of Rutherford' s alpha particle scattering experiment was to know the structure  of atom by using a thin film of metal. Gold being one of the most easily malleable metal was used to make very thin sheet of it.  If the metal film used in the experiment was thick than alpha particles could be absorbed by the metal .If metal other than gold was used then observations as obtained using gold foil would not have been obtained.

Answered by  | 27th Nov, 2009, 09:19: AM

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