Electromagnetic Radiation

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Electromagnetic radiation, commonly referred to as light, underpins all spectroscopic techniques, ranging from the highly energetic gamma rays, through x-rays, ultraviolet, visible, infrared, microwaves to the low-energy radio waves. The principles of wave- and particle-like behaviour determine the nature of the radiation and its interaction with matter, whether in the form of subatomic, atomic, molecular or macromolecular structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Colour
  • Corpuscular
  • Gamma-ray
  • Infrared
  • Light
  • Maxwell
  • Microwave
  • Newton
  • Photon
  • Polarization
  • Radio
  • Refractive index
  • Speed of light
  • Ultraviolet
  • Visible
  • Wave
  • Wavelength
  • Wavenumber
  • X-ray

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