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Can elementary particles (like the electron, photon, or neutrino ) go through an atom (not the nucleus)?

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Can you define "go through" here? –  Kyle Kanos Apr 25 '14 at 12:43
Beta particles can..See Rutherford's gold foil experiment. –  biogirl Apr 25 '14 at 12:46
"go through" - i mean, atom is vast and has tiny nucleus at the center. most of the charged particles cannot enter the electron sphere, but electrically neutral particles like neutrino can go inside the electron sphere and come out in a straight line (only if it hit the nucleus it is stopped). –  user45246 Apr 25 '14 at 13:04
In general, depending on the specifics of the radiation, electrons, photons and neutrinos can all pass through atoms in certain circumstances. The absorptive and scattering cross-sections will often depend on the radiation energy and the properties of the atom, though. –  DumpsterDoofus Apr 25 '14 at 14:37

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