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Homework Help: Background correction

  1. Oct 5, 2006 #1
    Hi guys,
    Do you know what is meant by background correction in an Rutherford scattering apparatus.

    i can't even start doing it because i dont know what is a background correction, is it the average count / area of alpha particles on a detector?
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  3. Oct 5, 2006 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    The background correction usually refers to subtracting the number of counts you observe with no incident alphas. These are "background" counts that have nothing to do with the measurement.
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