Graphite and single-wall carbon nanotubes irradiated by γ rays of energy of 1.3 MeV were investigated by Raman spectroscopy. Irradiation generates defects in the lattice as confirmed by the increase of the intensity of the defect-induced D line in both materials. On the other hand, the intensity of the radial breathing mode of nanotubes is lowered. The intensity of the G line does not change for graphite but increases for carbon nanotubes. For the latter, this behavior cannot be explained by the defect-mediated double-resonance mechanism. Softening of the q=0 selection rule is suggested as a way to explain the results.

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