A Conversation for Particle Accelerators
x25 Started conversation Jun 27, 2000
Correct me if i am wrong, but was it rutherford that split the atom? He managed to get to the internal structure using an alpha particle bombardment on a gold foil. Got the Nobel prize for it (i think). But fission was credited to Otto Hahn.
Cefpret Posted Sep 27, 2000
Rutherford gained information about the inner structure of matter and won a Nobel prize for it. However he left the gold atoms perfectly intact.
Wick Posted Oct 20, 2000
The two people who first split the atom were two of Rutherfords research assistants, Cockroft and Walton. Off the top of my head I cannot remember much more about them, but I could check if you're interested.
Cefpret Posted Oct 20, 2000
You're right, but fission is a process by which you can gain energy, and this is only possible with atoms beyond iron. Cockroft and Walton split a lithium atom.
To be honest, I didn't know Cockroft and Walton. Thank you for having filled this gap!
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