EM Waves Project

By: Jakob Jackson- X-Rays


Electromagnetic Wave Smore Project

Electromagnetic Wave Chosen: X-Ray

Points Earned

Possible Points

Project Requirement


List name of chosen EM wave


Post 5 Images with label related to the chosen EM wave(2 pts per image)







Post 1 Video that explains the chosen EM wave or uses of the chosen EM wave (incl a short description of video)

Video Title:


List definition of the chosen EM wave


List the wavelength range associated with the chosen EM wave


List the frequency range associated with the chosen EM wave


List 4 uses for the chosen EM wave (1 point per use)


List 2 interesting facts about the chosen EM wave (2 points per fact)


List all resources used for project

Total Points earned:______­­­­­­__________/ 40 Percentage Earned: ______________________


I choose to do my technology portion on X-ray imaging in space. X-ray Telescopes are related to X-rays because they both use X-rays. This new technology has allowed scientists to study black holes and the Sun a lot better. When you look at an X-ray image, it doesn't hurt your eyes like looking at the Sun does. This is actually very helpful in everyday life because when the Sun releases radiation, X-ray imaging is able to pick that up. When this happens, scientists disable satellites so that electronics on the satellites don't get fried from solar radiation. Some of the materials involved were: a ride to orbit, solar panels, and the actual X-rays. This impacts the world because scientists are able to tell the owners of the companys that own satellites to disable them (to protect from solar radiation). This way people are able to keep texting and calling each other. Nasa's Goddard Space Flight center discovered it. Dr. Barbara was the leader of the project. Invented- July 2008 (Picture above

I chose to do my portion of the technology piece on X-Ray Imaging. Yes, X-Ray imaging has been around for a long time, but has it ever scanned in color? Scientists have now discovered a way to take an X-Ray image in color. The Scientist behind this amazing phenomenon is Professor Phil Butler. He works for the University of Cantenbury has given 12 million dollars to the project, and it has turned out to be a huge success. In the past, X-Ray images only were black and white. If X-Rays were in color, Doctors and Radiologists would be able to detect sources of differant type of cancer, as well as other uses such as airport security. The name of this is M.A.R.S (medipix all resolution system) This was created in July of 2007.

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This machine is able to provide color X-Ray images to a computer, and an operator would stand at the screen monitoring what would pass.
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This picture shows you what a color X-Ray image would look like. There would be a very rare variety of blacks and whites, and most things would be in a main color.
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Cat Scans

Cat Scans are used in the medical field, and they are used to get a full body scan to discover the cause of the problem. Cat scans create X-ray images.
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This is used in the medical field. This provides X-ray imaging instantly, and shows X-ray images live.

What could X-rays possible be used for?

  • They can be used to find broken bones
  • They could be used to find cancer
  • They could be used as a live feed to find the source of a problem
  • They could be used to find black holes and comets

Whats the Definition of X-Ray and whats its wavelength range/frequency?

X-ray: An electromagnetic wave of high energy and very short wavelength, which is able to pass through many materials opaque to light.

Most X-rays have a wavelength range from 0.01 to 10 nanometers.

The Frequency is 3×1016 Hz to 3×1019 Hz is the frequency of an X-Ray

Whats so interesting about X-rays?

X-rays are given off by stars, strongly by some types of nebula.

An X-ray machine works by firing a beam of electrons at a "target". If we fire the electrons with enough energy, X-rays will be produced.


ScienceAtNasa. "Tour of the EMS 07 - X-Rays." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

"The Electromagnetic Spectrum: X-rays." The Electromagnetic Spectrum: X-rays. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

"Observatories Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum." Observatories Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014


This website explains the point of the X-ray image on a telescope, and why its so important to have it.