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Gamma ray

Gamma ray

Electromagnetic radiation of high frequency and therefore high energy

Gamma decay is one type of radioactive decay that a nucleus can undergo. What separates this type of decay process from alpha or beta decay is that no particles are ejected from the nucleus when it undergoes this type of decay. Instead, a high energy form of electromagnetic radiation - a gamma ray photon - is released. Gamma rays are simply photons that have extremely high energies which are highly ionizing. As well, gamma radiation is unique in the sense that undergoing gamma decay does not change the structure or composition of the atom. Instead, it only changes the energy of the atom since the gamma ray carries no charge nor does it have an associated mass.

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gamma decay | physics

Web

Positron Decay

Web

January 4, 2012

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