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Geiger-Marsden experiments: 100 years on

Abstract : The perceptive analysis of Rutherford, celebrated at this conference, turned the experiments of Geiger and Marsden into a measurement of the radius of the object that became known as the atomic "nucleus". We now know that the nucleus can have a range of radii that depend on its static and dynamical deformations. These deformations give rise to the distributions of reaction barriers that have been extensively studied over recent years. While fusion reactions are most often used for such studies, there are cases where, for physical or practical reasons, the scattering channels must be exploited. Despite the major advantages gained from modern experimental techniques, the resulting experiments are in spirit essentially the same as those performed over 100 years ago by Rutherford and his colleagues.
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N. Rowley. Geiger-Marsden experiments: 100 years on. Rutherford Centennial Conference on Nuclear Physics, Aug 2011, Manchester, United Kingdom. pp.012086, ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/381/1/012086⟩. ⟨in2p3-00785904⟩



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