Gamma radiation is basically high-energy ionizing radiation. The individual Gamma photons have almost 10,000 times as much energy as the photons that exist in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum, so they’re extremely powerful. Also, these Gamma photons don’t have any mass and don’t have any electrical charge, therefore they only have what’s known as pure electromagnetic energy. Due to this high energy, gamma photons are able to travel at the speed of light and can pass through many kinds of materials, including human tissue, so gamma radiation is very dangerous to humans.
It is one of the 3 types of natural radioactivity. They are electromagnetic radiation, like X-rays, and are the most energetic form of electromagnetic radiation.
It is electromagnetic radiation and is similar to x-rays. It’s one of three types of radiation that occurs naturally in the wild. It does not alter the amount of protons or neutrons in an atom, but when emitted, it causes the atom to move from a higher to a lower form of energy.
Compared to alpha and beta radiation, gamma radiation is the higest energy form, and thus the most dangerous because it can penetrate clothes, skin and cause damage to DNA. Below is a schematic of the different types of radiation and their relative ability to penetrate sufaces.[img_assist|nid=162720|title=Types of radiation|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]
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