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Radiation Types

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Updated 2010-01-16 03:42

alpha, beta, and gamma are three types of ionizing radiation

Radiation Type
Property
alphahelium nucleus
alphaheaviest kind
alphacharge of +2
alphapenetrates the least
alphapath is bent slightly by a magnetic field
betaelectron
betalight but not massless
betacharge of -1
betapath is bent the most by a magnetic field
gammahigh energy photon
gammamassless
gammano charge
gammapenetrates the most
gammapath is not bent by a magnetic field
memorize

References:

http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/#ionizing
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/radact.html
http://www.aboutnuclear.org/view.cgi?fC=Radiation_and_Radioactivity,Types_of_Radiation