Gamma Ray Creation
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- Susan Twardy
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Gamma rays are the highest-energy forms of light in the electromagnetic spectrum and they can have over a billion times the energy of the type of light visible to the human eye. Gamma rays can be created in several different ways: a high-energy particle can collide with another particle, a particle can collide and annihilate with its anti-particle, an element can undergo radioactive decay, or a charged particle can be accelerated. In this animation, we see a high-energy photon collide with a free electron, which causes the creation of a gamma-ray.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
- Susan Twardy (HTSI) [Lead]
- Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC)
- Elizabeth A. Smith (HTSI)
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Datasets used in this visualization
Fermi (Collected with the LAT sensor)
Fermi Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Large Area Telescope (LAT)
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