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why are alpha and beta radiation referred to as particles while gamma radiation is referred to as rays?

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    Alpha and beta particles really are particles in that sense of the word. The alpha particle is a helium nucleus and a beta particle is an electron. A gamma is a ray; i.e., an electromagnetic wave much like a radio or TV wave (but a much shorter wavelength and much higher energy).

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