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What happens if the alpha particles scattering experiment is carried out using a foil of a metal other than gold?

Asked by Parvathy Rajeev 25th January 2011, 12:00 AM
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Dear Student

Gold was used because it is/was easy to roll into a thin film almost one atom thick. This can be done with other elements but require different processes which are a lot more expensive and time consuming and produce a much more fragile product. Gold was just easier.

The difference in results? If such a thin fold could have been produced - then there would have been no difference. Any nucleous is heavy enough to scatter an alpha partical (except maybe hydrogen and helium and good luck making a thin foil out of them)

We hope that clarifies your query.
Answered by Expert 26th January 2011, 9:44 AM
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