Properties of X-Rays and Gamma Rays.

Properties of X-Rays and Gamma Rays.

  • They are not detected by human senses (cannot be seen, heard, felt, etc.).
  • They travel in straight lines at the speed of light.
  • Their paths cannot be changed by electrical or magnetic fields.
  • They can be diffracted to a small degree at interfaces between two different materials.
  • They pass through matter until they have a chance encounter with an atomic particle.
  • Their degree of penetration depends on their energy and the matter they are traveling through.
  • They have enough energy to ionize matter and can damage or destroy living cells.

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