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Gamma ray

| 🗖 nosplit | ↑ parent "Radioactive decay" | words: 217 | descendant words: 217 | descendants: 1
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Most commonly known as a byproduct radioactive decay.
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A decay scheme such as Figure 59. "caesium-137 decay scheme." illustrates well how gamma radiation happens as a byproduct of radioactive decay due to the existence of nuclear isomer.
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Gamma rays are pretty cool as they give us insight into the energy levels/different configurations of the nucleus.
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They have also been used as early sources of high energy particles for particle physics experiments before the development of particle accelerators, serving a similar purpose to cosmic rays in those early days.
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But gamma rays they were more convenient in some cases because you could more easily manage them inside a laboratory rather than have to go climb some bloody mountain or a balloon.
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The positron for example was first observed on cosmic rays, but better confirmed in gamma ray experiments by Carl David Anderson.
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