Gamma Ray Creation

  • Released Friday, September 7th, 2007
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:55PM
  • ID: 20113

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


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Fermi (Collected with the LAT sensor)
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Fermi Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Large Area Telescope (LAT)

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