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Is Beta a type of radiation ray?

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October 31, 2007 10:21PM

Yes. I found this: "Beta particles are just electrons from the nucleus, the term "beta particle" being an historical term used in the early description of radioactivity. The high energy electrons have greater range of penetration than alpha particles, but still much less than gamma rays. The radiation hazard from betas is greatest if they are ingested. " Here: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/beta.html