Internal Conversion Theory

electrons draft 4

I drew this set of figures for Texas A&M’s Cyclotron Institute and they were made to accompany an April highlight submitted to the Department of Energy.  Figure A illustrates the process of internal conversion, in which an excited nucleus releases energy by the emission of a high speed electron. Figure B illustrates the other way that an excited atom can release energy – by emitting an x-ray (gamma radiation).

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