Why did Rutherford select a gold foil in his α–ray scattering experiment?

AcademicChemistryNCERTClass 9

Rutherford used gold foil for his scattering experiment because gold is the most malleable metal and he wanted the thinnest layer possible.

[Extra information: The gold sheet used in the experiment was around 1000 atoms thick.]
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