X ray

Introduction

X ray, invisible, highly penetrating electromagnetic radiation of much shorter wavelength (higher frequency) than visible light. The wavelength range for X rays is from about 10 −8 m to about 10 −11 m, or from less than a billionth of an inch to less than a trillionth of an inch; the corresponding frequency range is from about 3 × 10 16 Hz to about 3 × 10 19 Hz (1 Hz = 1 cps).

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