# Quantum Theory of Rutherford Scattering

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This Demonstration outlines a quantum-mechanical computation for the scattering of alpha particles from heavy atoms, known as Rutherford scattering. Quite remarkably, the result for the differential cross section agrees perfectly with that computed using classical scattering theory, although the complex scattering amplitude does contain a complex factor.

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Contributed by: S. M. Blinder (December 2013)

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[1] N. F. Mott and H. S. W. Massey, *The Theory of Atomic Collisions*, 3rd ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965 pp. 53–57.

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