posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 04:21 PM
reply to post by Char-Lee
But doesn't the radiation travel by particles and not radiation as put off by a light bulb? So if a big wind carries more you get more even if
at a distance?
There are Four different types of ionizing radiation.
Alpha Particle (Essentially high speed helium atoms)
Beta Particle (High Speed Electrons)
Neutron Radiation (Er.... High Speed Neutrons)
Gamma Radiation (Gamma and high energy X-Ray Photons)
So, Ionizing Radiation is BOTH particle, AND photons.
To answer your question, the speed and direction of the wind does not effect the "Range" of the emitted radiation, because the radiation causes damage
primarily by it's great speed (Kinetic, or in the case of photons, it's energy)
In other words, if the Wind is even effecting the Particles at all, then the particle has already lost its initial energy TO the atoms in the air.
IT's sort of like asking if the ocean currents will make a bullet fired underwater travel any further....
This is because a Particle of radiation is so much smaller than an atom, and the Wind and Water moves things primarily because the atoms are impacting
the object on one side with more force than the other sides.
Since the Radiation particle is so much smaller than the atoms, if the particle even TOUCHES a single atom, it loses all of its energy TO that
edit on 26-4-2013 by ErtaiNaGia because: (no reason given)