# Can radioactive energies become electromagnetic

I am trying to learn about radioactive energies and wonder if, because these also seem to come under the topic of radiation, can these energies become electromagnetic. I'm pretty much a beginner, so if you could keep the answer pretty simple, it would help.

'Radioactive decays' tend to be categorised into 'alpha', 'beta' and 'gamma' decays. Alpha particles are helium nuclei, beta particles are electrons and gamma particles are electromagnetic radiation.

To answer your question: It depends on the radioactive product, but gamma rays (which are produced in most radioactive decays) are electromagnetic waves.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "radioactive energies", but in general there are three types of radiation:

1. $\alpha$ radiation: these are helium nuclei: He$^{2+}$.
2. $\beta$ radiation: these are nothing more than electrons: e$^-$.
3. $\gamma$ radiation: these are nothing more than photons (often denoted by $\gamma$), and are in fact traveling packets of electromagnetic energy.