The discovery of the neutron and its consequences (1930–1940)

  title={The discovery of the neutron and its consequences (1930–1940)},
  author={V. V. Nesvizhevsky and J. Villain},
  journal={Comptes Rendus Physique},
  • V. V. Nesvizhevsky, J. Villain
  • Published 2017
  • Art, Physics
  • Comptes Rendus Physique
  • Abstract In 1930, Walther Bothe and Herbert Becker performed an experiment, which was further improved by Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie. These authors, however, misinterpreted their results and believed to have observed γ-rays while they had seen neutrons. After additional experimental verifications, James Chadwick gave the correct interpretation of these experiments in 1932. Immediately, the new particle, the neutron, became an essential actor of nuclear and elementary particle physics, and… CONTINUE READING
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