Meaning of Rutherford scattering

Ruth'erford scat"tering

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. the scattering of an alpha particle through a large angle with respect to the original direction of motion of the particle, caused by an atom with most of the mass and all of the positive electric charge concentrated at a center or nucleus. Also called
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