|Gamma rays occupy the short-wavelength
end of the spectrum; they can have wavelengths smaller than the nucleus
of an atom.
Visible light waves are one-thousandths the width of human hair--about a million times longer than gamma rays.
Radio waves, at the long-wavelength end of the spectrum, can be many meters long.
|The Compton Observatory relies on detection processes developed in the world of high-energy particle physics. This technology makes the observatory one of the world's most sophisticated satellites.|