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Discovery of the Nucleus: Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment

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Published on Nov 10, 2012

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In 1911, Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues discovered the nucleus of the atom using their famous gold foil experiment. They shot alpha particles at a sheet of gold foil, and noticed that most went through, but some bounced back. This showed that atoms have a nucleus, and it disproved Thompson's plum pudding model of the atom.

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