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Radioactive particles and x rays

  1. Nov 15, 2015 #1
    When electrons of high energy fall on metal X rays are produced.What about the metals having large atomic number and showing natural radio activity?Will there be a collision between the electrons and alpha and beta particle? I can not understand this. So please help me.
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2015 #2

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    Bit difficult to answer effectively. The short answer: yes there will be collisions between the emitted particles and the metal atoms in the material . Those aren't alpha and beta particles, though.

    My advice is to find some introductory material that suits you on the net (or in the bookshop :rolleyes:) and start reading on this wonderful world !

    Maybe this also answers parts of your quesstion.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2015 #3

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    I am not sure what exactly here that you don't understand? Whether there is collisions or not with the emitted particles?

    Sure, it is possible, but is it PROBABLE?

    1. There are a lot more of the metal ions, and a higher density of them, than the emitted beta and alpha particles. So which ones, do you think, the incident electrons have a higher probability of colliding into?

    2. The alpha and beta particles are moving at a higher velocity than the "stationary" metal ions. So which ones, do you think, the incident electrons have a higher probability of colliding into? Which one is an easier target to hit?

    3. The metal ions are significantly larger in cross-sectional size than the alpha and beta particles. So again, which ones, do you think, the incident electrons have a higher probability of colliding into? Which one is the bigger target to hit?

    Zz.
     
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