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What is the difference between ? rays and characteristic x

College Physics | 1st Edition | ISBN: 9781938168000 | Authors: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs ISBN: 9781938168000 42

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Problem 2CQ

Problem 2CQ

What is the difference between γ rays and characteristic x rays? Is either necessarily more energetic than the other? Which can be the most energetic?

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 Gamma rays as being photons having energies that are characteristic of nuclear transitions, since they were produced by nuclear transitions.while X-rays as photons having energies that are characteristic of transitions involving deeply bound atomic electrons, since they were produced by such transitions.

roughly X-rays would have energies in the range 1 keV to 100 keV, while gamma-rays would have energies of about 1 MeV and above.

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Textbook: College Physics
Edition: 1
Author: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs
ISBN: 9781938168000

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