Origin of gamma
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The name is descriptive: they are extremely intense bursts of gamma rays, the highest energy form of light.
Only gamma rays can do it, since all other forms of light are too low-energy.
When the gamma rays enter the sleeve, they interact with that photon gas, annihilating into electron-positron pairs.
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In Greek and Hebrew the third letter (gimel, gamma) had the power of the flat mute g, as in gun.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
They have for the sake of convenience been called the alpha, beta, and gamma rays.A Brief Account of Radio-activity|Francis Preston Venable
The "Gamma rays" are waves, like the X-rays, not material particles.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson
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Its sharp equivalent, however, the sound of k, was by no means wanting; and the Greek gamma was used to denote it.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for gamma (1 of 2)
- involving or relating to photons of very high energya gamma detector
- relating to one of two or more allotropes or crystal structures of a solidgamma iron
- relating to one of two or more isomeric forms of a chemical compound, esp one in which a group is attached to the carbon atom next but one to the atom to which the principal group is attached
Word Origin for gamma
British Dictionary definitions for gamma (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for gamma
third letter of the Greek alphabet, c.1400, from Greek gamma, from Phoenician gimel, literally "camel" (see camel); so called for a fancied resemblance of its shape to some part of a camel. Gamma rays (1903) originally were thought to be a third type of radiation, now known to be identical with very short X-rays.