- Homework Statement
gamma radiation is Formed when a nucleus is excited.
by a particle being given off in a decay.
The excess energy caused by the change in mass defect
is converted into a photon of the same size as the nucleus.
- Homework Equations
- no equations
this is from a website on why gamma rays are released what i don't understand is, why is the mass defect lead to a gamma radiation to be formed. If the nucleus is excited and dexcites the change in energy levels would cause a photon to be released. yet here it says the mass defect is the source of energy where i thought it would be for the binding energy.