Main Question or Discussion Point
Can we use Gold Leaf Electroscope to check whether a radioactive material gives off Alpha particles?
I did this experiment when I was a kid--but not quantitatively. Two gold leaf electroscopes were charged together, then separated. One served as the control: it was placed in proximity to an ordinary needle. The other was placed in proximity to a needle tipped with polonium-210, an alpha emitter. The gold leaves came together much more quickly than on the control. I think I bought it as a science kit (!).Can we use Gold Leaf Electroscope to check whether a radioactive material gives off Alpha particles?
What has that got to do with whether or not it can be used for that purpose? The discharge of a gold leaf is affected by ionising radiation so why not use it as a detector?That is not the main use of an electroscope;