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Radiation Length , High-energy electrons predominantly lose energy in matter by bremsstrahlung, and high-energy photons by e + e pair production. The characteristic amount of matter traversed for these related interactions is called the radiation length X0, usually measured in gcm − 2. It is both the mean distance over which a high-energy electron loses all but 1/e of its energy by bremsstrahlung, and 7/9 of the mean free path for pair production by a high-energy photon. It is also the appropriate scale length for describing high-energy electromagnetic cascades. Properties The electron (also called negatron, commonly represented as e−) is a subatomic particle. ... (help· info), (from the German bremsen, to brake and Strahlung, radiation, thus, braking radiation), is electromagnetic radiation produced by the acceleration of a charged particle, such as an electron, when deflected by another charged particle, such as an atomic nucleus. ... In physics, the photon (from Greek φως, phōs, meaning light) is the quantum of the electromagnetic field; for instance, light. ...


See also

In physics, the attenuation length is the distance into a material when the probability has dropped to that a particle has not been absorbed. ... Attenuation is the decrease in intensity of electromagnetic radiation due to absorption or scattering of photons. ...

References

S. Eidelman et al. Particle Data Group, Review of particle physics, Phys. Lett. B 592 (2004) (http://pdg.lbl.gov/) The Particle Data Group is an international collaboration of particle physicists that compiles and reanalyzes published results related to the properties of particles and fundamental interactions. ...


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