Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment – Backstage Science



Ernest Rutherford’s famous gold foil experiment involves the scattering of alpha particles as they pass through a thin gold foil.

It led to a better understanding of the structure of atoms.

It’s also known as the Geiger–Marsden experiment, after Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden who performed it under Rutherford’s supervision.

Particle physicist Bruce Kennedy explains wit this modern re-creation.

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