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1 Spectroscopy The study of light emissions and absorptions

2 The Visible Spectrum

3 Newtons Colour Wheel

4 Spectral Colours

5 Dispersion of White Light

6 A Rainbow

7 Creating a Spectrum

8 Atomic Emission Lines An emission line is formed when an electron makes a transition from a particular discrete energy level of an atom, to a lower energy state, emitting a photon of a particular energy and wavelength. A spectrum of many such photons will show an emission spike at the wavelength associated with these photons.

9 Atomic Emission Principles When the electrons in the element are excited, they jump to higher energy levels. As the electrons fall back down, and leave the excited state, energy is re- emitted, the wavelength of which refers to the discrete lines of the emission spectrum.

10 Electron Excitation The Hydrogen Atom

11 Hydrogen Tube and Emission Bands

12 Emissions from an elemental gas

13 Emission Spectrum - H

14 Emission Spectrum - He

15 Emission Spectrum - Na

16 Emission Spectrum - Fe


18 Fireworks Red - Strontium and Lithium salts Orange - Calcium salts Yellow - Sodium salts

19 Fireworks Green - Barium salts Blue - Copper salts Gold - incandescence of iron and charcoal White - white hot metals


21 Spectral Lamps Sodium Lamp Potassium Lamp Cadmium Lamp

22 Spectral Lamps Helium Lamp Thallium Lamp Neon Lamp

23 Spectral Lamps Zinc Lamp Rubidium Lamp Mercury Sulfide Lamp

24 Atomic emissions beyond the visible spectrum Note that the emission extends over a range of frequencies. The term often refers to the visible light emission spectrum, although it extends to the whole electromagnetic spectrum, from the low energy radio waves up to high energy gamma rays.

25 Atomic Absorption Lines An absorption line is formed when an electron makes a transition from a lower to a higher discrete energy state, with a photon being absorbed in the process. These absorbed photons generally come from background continuum radiation and a spectrum will show a drop in the continuum radiation at the wavelength associated with the absorption.

26 Comparing different spectra

27 Astronomical Spectroscopy Involves the scientific exploration and analysis of the properties of distant objects Involves the observation of spectra at very high spectral resolutions

28 Astronomical Spectroscopy Chemical elements can be detected in astronomical objects by their emission lines and absorption lines The shifting of spectral lines can be used to measure the redshift or blueshift of distant or fast-moving objects Helium was first discovered by spectral analysis of light from the Sun

29 Absorption Spectrum of the Sun

30 Hydrogen Absorption Spectrum

31 Origins of different Spectra

32 The Sun - A Nuclear Reactor

33 Formation of Deuterium as per The Big Bang

34 Hydrogen Fusion in Stars

35 Nuclear Fusion to form Helium - another possible mechanism

36 Nucleosynthesis in a Massive Star

37 Spectral Classes of Stars






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