A Sterilization process
gamma rays, X-rays, electron beams (all are highly penetrating)
- mechanism: production of hydroxyl radicals in water and direct damage to DNA
- H2O + IR --> OH-
- * these hydroxyl radicals are potent oxidizers of DNA and proteins
food, (sterilizer of pasteurizer depending on intensity and exposure time), mail, prepackaged disposable medical/dental/laboratory tools
*sometimes referred to as "cold pasteurization" or "electronic pasteurization"