Groups of Spectral Lines

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Groups of Spectral Lines

Postby 805291863 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:32 pm

Professor Lavelle mentioned that UV light is when a high energy e- drops to the n=1 state, visible light is for the n=2 state, and infrared is for the n=3 state. How does this apply to gamma rays, x-rays, microwaves, and radio waves?

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Re: Groups of Spectral Lines

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:24 pm

The type of light that is emitted depends on how much energy is lost when the electron drops from a higher to a lower energy state. Gamma rays and x-rays are even higher energy waves than UV, so would require much higher level electrons to be emitted than UV does. Microwaves and radiowaves are very low energy waves, so would be generated by small drops in energy level.

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