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Is the Gamma in "Alpha, Beta, Gamma" the same as the "Gamma" of the EM spectrum?
Then, why didn't they do "Alpha, Beta, Radio" or "Alpha, Beta, UV"?
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Alpha and Beta are 2 types of particles (Helium nuclei and electrons respectively).
Gamma is a form of EM radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Radio and UV are not really considered radiation in the same sense as alpha-beta-gamma simply because they don't have the energy and don't have the same ionising effect.
Alpha radiation is a Helium nucleus, Beta radiation is an electron (or positron, depending on wether is it Beta+ or Beta- decay)
Gamma radiation is a gamma ray (so yes, from the EM spectrum), it is high frequency and therefore high energy, it is the least ionising and the most penetrative of the three types of radiation.
Why not "Alpha, Beta and Electromagnetic radiation"?
I was wondering why didn't the books say "Alpha, Beta, UV" or "Alpha, Beta, X-Ray" instead of "Alpha, Beta, Gamma".