^γ – rays
(a) Produced in nuclear reactions and are also emitted by radioactive nuclei (such as Co 60 & Cs 137).
(b) Properties: Effect on photographic plate, fluorescence, ionization, diffraction, high penetrating power & can cause serious damage if absorbed by living tissues.
- in radio therapy to treat certain cancers and tumors
- to produce nuclear reactions
- to study the atomic nuclei.