Gamma Rays

Alejandro Quintana; Period 3

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Gamma Rays Description

  1. Typically has frequencies above 10 exahertz
  2. wavelengths less than 10 Pico meters, which is less than the diameter of an atom
  3. In a vacuum all light travels the same speed no matter what the wavelength/frequency

Other Key Facts

  • Gamma-rays travel to us across vast distances of the universe, only to be absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Gamma-rays are the most energetic form of light and are produced by the hottest regions of the universe.

Everyday Uses

  1. Gamma Rays kill living cells, a fact which medicine uses to its advantage, using gamma rays to kill cancerous cells.
  2. Gamma rays are used by Engineers, since they can penetrate better than X-rays, to look for cracks in pipes and aircraft parts.

Health Impacts (pos. and neg.)

Positive effects of radiation include fighting cancer, diagnostics and the possibility for extending life.

Negative: Strong sources of gamma rays can cause acute radiation poisoning or even fatalities at high doses. Long-term exposure to low levels of gamma radiation can cause cancer.

Article Summary (link)

this article states everything that gamma rays are and can do with interesting facts with actual pictures for some of them.
Hulk (2003) Gamma Exposure

Video Summary

This scene is from The Hulk when Bruce gets exposed to a lot of gamma energy. If this was really he most likely would've died.
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