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Abstract Title: P52 Putting some Nuclear Physics into a Rutherford Backscattering Experiment
Abstract: In an introductory experiment on Rutherford scattering, often thin gold and carbon targets are used to demonstrate the Rutherford scattering effects with gold and the deviation from the Rutherford equations for carbon. But using LiF thin films on a carbon substrate provides a wealth of non-Rutherford events (elastic and inelastic) that can be completed in about 16 hours of accelerator time. The theory for both elastic and inelastic scattering is straight forward and non-relativistic. Student results are presented.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Randolph S. Peterson
University of the South
and Co-Presenter(s)
Prashanta Kharel and Derrith A. Roberson, University of the South
Jerome L. Duggan, deceased, University of North Texas