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Originally posted by Shadow
Yeah, gammas are emitted but only really transfer significant amounts of energy through photointeractions, either through the photo-electric effect, compton scattering, or pair production. Without being too technical, all this does is transfer the momentum of the photon (looking at things from a particle, rather than a wave perspective) to random molecular kinetic energy (pretty much an indication of temperature, as random molecular kinetic energy goes up, temperature also goes up) by exciting the electrons in the atoms of surrounding materials.