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Example of Ionizing Radiation

Ionizing radiation is a form of radiation, either in wave or particle form which has the effect of stripping electrons from materials through which it passes, creating ionized states like particles or charged states. This effect is caused by the energy of the radiation, which by definition requires enough energy to affect atomic forces. Types of ionizing radiation include alpha, beta, gamma, and X rays.

Examples of Ionizing Radiation:

Alpha particles- Short range particles capable of producing the ionization effect, like nuclear weapon radiation.
Beta particles- Particles released by radioactive decay.
Gamma rays- Extremely high energy electromagnetic waves.
X rays- High energy EM waves shorter than visible light.

Image Example of Ionizing Radiation:

Ionizing radiation hazard symbol (recently introduced).