Alpha, Beta and Gamma

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Alpha, Beta and Gamma

Alpha particles are helium nuclei (2 protons and 2 neutrons):

  • They are relatively big and heavy and fairly slow
  • They don't penetrate far into materials but are stopped quickly
  • They are highly ionising
  • They're positively charged, so they are deflected by electric and magnetic fields

Beta particles are electrons:

  • A beta particle is an electron that has been emitted from the nucleus of an atom when a nuetron turns into a proton and an electron, so…


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