A PROPOSAL FOR A CRUCIAL EXPERIMENT
Rutherfords nuclear theory of the atom has held sway in the scientific community for 70 years. I now propose a test which may disprove it.
In the original scattering experiment, charged helium atoms (alpha particles) were beamed at a gold foil; the resultant scattering was claimed to be due to Coulombic repulsion by charged nuclei. Now suppose that that non-charged helium atoms are beamed at a gold foil. The Reciprocal System of Theory predicts the same scattering in this case. The Rutherford theory predicts no scattering.
Of course, experimenting with non-charged helium atoms is more difficult than with charged ones. The scattering apparatus will have to incorporate a means to inject electrons to neutralize the alpha particles and a different material to detect the particles after scattering.
Numerous physics laboratories in the world have the capability to carry out this experiment. Which will be the first?