I Is there such a thing as a gamma particle?

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OK, I understand that a gamma ray is just an electromagnetic wave, and so a gamma particle could be a photon, but somehow I think that the author here is not being that sophisticated:


An early example of a device that communicated data through sound was the Geiger counter. Invented in 1908 to measure ionizing radiation, it makes an audible snap to signal the presence of alpha, beta, or gamma particles.
 

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Yes, a gamma 'particle' is just a photon. Also, why is there a link to an article about washing machines in your post?
 
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Yes, a gamma 'particle' is just a photon. Also, why is there a link to an article about washing machines in your post?
Because that's the article that mentioned "gamma particles" being picked up by Geiger counters, and thus is the reason I'm asking this question.
 

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Because that's the article that mentioned "gamma particles" being picked up by Geiger counters, and thus is the reason I'm asking this question.
Ah, so it is. My apologies for not reading through the article.
 

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