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gamma rays

Definition/Scope: Electromagnetic emissions of short wavelength from the nucleus of the atom. The hazard is primarily internal. Gamma rays are the soldier's primary radiation hazard on the battlefield. True rays of energy in contrast to alpha and beta radiation. They are the most penetrating waves of radiant nuclear energy but can be blocked by dense materials such as lead.

Used For:

gamma radiation

Broader Terms:

electromagnetic waves
ionizing radiation
radiation hazards

Narrower Terms:

delayed gamma radiation
prompt gamma radiation

Related Terms:

penetrating radiation

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