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Find the frequency and wavelength of a 100 MeV gamma ray photon

  1. Feb 19, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the frequency and wavelength of a 100 MeV gamma ray photon

    2. Relevant equations

    100 MeV=1.602 X 10^-11
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I do not know how to do this. I am in a class for elementary teachers and we have to solve this problem.
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  3. Feb 19, 2008 #2
    Do you have any equations that relate wavelength to frequency?
  4. Feb 19, 2008 #3
    I do not know any.
  5. Feb 19, 2008 #4
    Well you should certainly have an equation for relating wavelength and frequency, the less obvious thing is relating the energy of a photon to the frequency/wavelength

    You should also have an equation for that, it involves planck's constant, h
  6. Feb 19, 2008 #5
    Wave length equals frequency times 340 meters per second...
  7. Feb 19, 2008 #6
    Unfortunately that's the specific equation for sound waves, pretty much at sea level. The topic creator is dealing with electromagnetic waves
  8. Feb 19, 2008 #7


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    The equation for frequency and wavelength is simply speed = wavelength * frequency
    A gamma ray photon is a kind of light so you need the speed of light.

    There is also an equation relating it energy, energy = h * frequency
    where 'h' is a constant = 6.6 x 10 ^-34 Js

    Remember that all you values must be in the same units ( metres, seconds, Joules) for these constant to work
  9. Oct 6, 2009 #8
    We're doing this in my A-level at school.

    First find the frequency using, Energy (J)=Planck Constant (Js) X Frequency (Hz)
    Or, E=hf.
    The planck Constant is (6.6 x 10^-34).
    (1.602 X 10^-11)J = (6.6 x 10^-34)Js X f


    (1.602 X 10^-11)J / (6.6 x 10^-34)Js = f

    So the frequency is (2.47 X 10^22)Hz.
    Speed (ms) = Frequency (Hz) X Wavelength (m)


    Speed of light-> (3.0 X 10^8)ms / (2.47 X 10^22)Hz = Wavelength (m)

    =(1.215 X 10^-14)
  10. Oct 6, 2009 #9


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