Explain why did Rutherford select a gold foil in his alpha scattering experiment.

Asked by Sthitaprajna Mishra | 17th Feb, 2014, 08:46: PM

Expert Answer:

  • Rutherford used gold for his scattering experiment because gold is the most malleable metal and he wanted the thinnest layer as possible.
  • The gold sheet used was around 1000 atoms thick.
  • Therefore, Rutherford selected a Gold foil in his alpha scatttering experiment.

Answered by  | 18th Feb, 2014, 02:38: PM

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