Type of radioactive decay
Most commonly known as a byproduct
Figure "caesium-137 decay scheme"
illustrates well how gamma radiation happens as a byproduct of
due to the existence of
Gamma rays are pretty cool as they give us insight into the energy levels/different configurations of the nucleus.
They have also been used as early sources of high energy particles for
experiments before the development of
, serving a similar purpose to
in those early days.
they were more convenient in some cases because you could more easily manage them inside a
rather than have to go climb some bloody mountain or a
for example was first observed on
, but better confirmed in
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