Absorption of electromagnetic radiation
West, William Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York.
- Laws of absorption
- Absorption measurement
- Physical nature
- Absorption and emission coefficients
- Selective reflection
- Additional Readings
The process whereby the intensity of a beam of electromagnetic radiation is attenuated in passing through a material medium by conversion of the energy of the radiation to an equivalent amount of energy which appears within the medium; the radiant energy is converted into heat or some other form of molecular energy. A perfectly transparent medium permits the passage of a beam of radiation without any change in intensity other than that caused by the spread or convergence of the beam, and the total radiant energy emergent from such a medium equals that which entered it, whereas the emergent energy from an absorbing medium is less than that which enters, and, in the case of highly opaque media, is reduced practically to zero.
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