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Conversion of gamma radiation into useful electricity?

 
 
Praedor
 
Reply Tue 5 Mar, 2013 09:35 am
Solar cells (and chlorophyll in plants/plankton) capture photons and convert it into useful energy. Electricity from solar cells and energy for ATP production in photosynthetic organisms. Should it not, in principle, be possible to capture gamma radiation and convert it into useful energy such as electricity? It would seem that if this could be done you could generate electricity for use in space probes regardless of location and independent of sunlight.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 5 Mar, 2013 01:26 pm
@Praedor,
http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=convert+gamma+radiation+into+electricity&oq=convert+gamma+radiation+into+electricity&gs_l=serp.3..0i22.3703.12944.0.13426.40.29.0.11.11.0.226.4657.0j24j5.29.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.5.psy-ab.tqZ7SNlZfO0&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=46343fe1faec15bb&biw=1258&bih=719
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contrex
 
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Reply Tue 5 Mar, 2013 01:56 pm
There aren't enough gamma rays around to be useful, are there?
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