AUTHORDe Gregorio, Alberto
TITLEEnrico Fermi and the Discovery of Neutron-Induced Radioactivity: A Project Being Crowned
PERIODICAL TITLEStudies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
DATE PUBLISHED2006
VOLUME NUMBER37
ISSUE NUMBERn/a
PAGE NUMBERS330-344
ISSN1355-2198
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This article describes the work at the Physics Institute in Rome that led to Enrico Fermi’s discovery of neutron-induced radioactivity in 1934. It explains the role of Fermi’s collaborator, Franco Rasetti, in preparing the neutron sources as well as obtaining the Geiger-Muller counters and Wilson cloud chambers used to detect the induced radioactivity. The author noted that while interviews with the physicists are important, the historical documents he uses provide a different perspective on their roles in the seminal discovery.


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