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What's the difference between gamma rays and x rays?

  1. Oct 9, 2008 #1
    what's the difference between gamma rays and x rays?
     
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  3. Oct 9, 2008 #2
    Re: Rays?

    Gamma rays are created by energy transmissions which occur in atomic nuclei. X-rays occur in high energy electron transmissions...

    They can have the same frequency, it's the source that makes the distinction. If you randomly found a gamma ray photon in space you wouldn't know whether it was an x-ray photon or a gamma ray photon...
     
  4. Oct 9, 2008 #3

    jtbell

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    Re: Rays?

    I think you mean transitions not transmissions.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2008 #4

    Redbelly98

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    Re: Rays?

    Perhaps the range of frequencies of the two do overlap, but most gamma rays are more energetic than most x-rays.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2008 #5

    mgb_phys

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    Fundementally they are the same (just different energies) it's an arbitrary line depending on which field you work in. Like the cuttoff between visible and infrared.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2008 #6
    Re: Rays?

    Ooops. Yes, of course.
     
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