Rutherford scattering


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Rutherford scattering

n.
The scattering undergone by a stream of heavy charged particles fired at a sample of a heavy metal, caused by exposure to Coulomb forces in the atomic nuclei of the sample.

[After Ernest Rutherford.]
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