Can gamma rays, cosmic rays and x-rays all be stopped by lead? What happens to them? What happens to the lead?
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
all kinds of electromagnetic waves are weakened by lead or any other type of matter provided that it's thick enough. So are beta-particles
Alpha-particles can be stopped by a sheet of paper
- VamanLv 73 weeks ago
Lead gets heats up. Energy will be absorbed, similar to cooking principle.
- daniel gLv 73 weeks ago
When such radiation is absorbed by lead, it is converted to heat energy.
Gamma rays will go through lead. any molecule for that matter.
Cosmic rays are just a wide spectrum in the upper end of the EM spectrum that includes the gamma ray
- nineteenthlyLv 73 weeks ago
Gamma rays are reduced by lead, which would be heated by them. X-rays also. Cosmic rays are too diverse to give an answer.
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- A Yahoo UserLv 73 weeks ago
Well..."stopped" is perhaps not the best term to use.
Lead (and other dense materials) act as shielding that reduces the amount (or intensity) of such "rays".
Think of it as "slowing down" the energy particles, reducing their energy and (thus) how dangerous they are.
The thicker the shielding
the less radiation energy "gets through".
Lead is very effective against all three types of radiation that you mention.
lead is very heavy
and so is perhaps less than ideal as shielding in any off-Earth vehicle or habitat
(because it would be so expensive to get the lead into orbit).
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
Not all, depending on the thickness of lead and the energy of the photon. A couple of light years of lead will stop pretty much 100%.