Can gamma rays, cosmic rays and x-rays all be stopped by lead? What happens to them? What happens to the lead?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 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

  • Vaman
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Lead gets heats up. Energy will be absorbed, similar to cooking principle.

  • 3 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

  • 3 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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  • 3 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.

    Of course

    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).

  • Anonymous
    3 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%.

    • Starrysky
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      Not even light years of lead thickness does anything to neutrinos.

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