Presentation on theme: "The study of light emissions and absorptions"— Presentation transcript:
1 The study of light emissions and absorptions SpectroscopyThe study of light emissions and absorptionsThe scientific study of objects based on the spectrum of the light they emit is called spectroscopy.
2 The Visible SpectrumAlso known as a continuous spectrum
3 Newton’s Colour WheelNewton divided the spectrum into seven named colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet; or ROY G. BIV. He chose seven colors out of a belief, derived from the ancient Greek philosophers, that there was a connection between the colors, the musical notes, the known objects in the solar system, and the days of the week. The human eye is relatively insensitive to indigo's frequencies, and some otherwise well-sighted people cannot distinguish indigo from blue and violet. For this reason some commentators including Isaac Asimov have suggested that indigo should not be regarded as a color in its own right but merely as a shade of blue or violet.
4 Spectral ColoursAlthough the spectrum is continuous and therefore there are no clear boundaries between one colour and the next, the following ranges may be used as an approximation. The unit nm refers to nanometers: 10-9 m
5 Dispersion of White Light Newton first used the word spectrum (Latin for "appearance" or "apparition") in print in 1671 in describing his experiments in optics. Newton observed that, when a narrow beam of sunlight strikes the face of a glass prism at an angle, some is reflected and some of the beam passes into and through the glass, emerging as different coloured bands. Newton hypothesized that light was made up of "corpuscles" (particles) of different colours, and that the different colours of light moved at different speeds in transparent matter, with red light moving more quickly in glass than violet light. The result is that red light was bent (refracted) less sharply than violet light as it passed through the prism, creating a spectrum of colours.
6 A RainbowA rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a nearly continuous spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc, with red on the outside and violet on the inside. More rarely, a double rainbow is seen, which includes a second, fainter arc with colours in the opposite order, that is, with violet on the outside and red on the inside. Even though a rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colours, traditionally the full sequence of colours is most commonly cited and remembered as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. ("Roy G. Biv" is a popular mnemonic.)
7 Creating a SpectrumA broad spectrum of emissions from a non-specific light source - eg. Household light globe
8 Atomic Emission LinesAn 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.An element's emission spectrum is the relative intensity of electromagnetic radiation of each frequency it emits when it is heated (or more generally when it is excited). 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. Note however that the emission extends over a range of frequencies, an effect called spectral line broadening.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.The emission spectrum can be used to determine the composition of a material, since it is different for each element of the periodic table. One example is identifying the composition of stars by analysing the received light.
10 Electron Excitation The Hydrogen Atom The Bohr model of the hydrogen atom, where negatively charged electrons confined to atomic shells encircle a small positively charged atomic nucleus, and that an electron jump between orbits must be accompanied by an emitted or absorbed amount of electromagnetic energy hν. For every possible transition back to ‘ground state’, there exists a line in the emission spectrum corresponding to a specific frequency of emitted energy. These frequencies don’t have to fall in the visible region of the spectrum.
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.
27 Astronomical Spectroscopy Involves the scientific exploration and analysis of the properties of distant objectsInvolves the observation of spectra at very high spectral resolutionsAstronomical spectroscopy is the technique of spectroscopy used in astronomy. The object of study is the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, including visible light, which radiates from stars and other celestial objects. Spectroscopy can be used to derive many properties of distant stars and galaxies, such as their chemical composition and also their motion, via the Doppler shift.
28 Astronomical Spectroscopy Chemical elements can be detected in astronomical objects by their emission lines and absorption linesThe shifting of spectral lines can be used to measure the redshift or blueshift of distant or fast-moving objectsHelium was first discovered by spectral analysis of light from the Sun
29 Absorption Spectrum of the Sun High resolution spectrum of the Sun showing thousands of elemental absorption lines (fraunhofer lines).
32 The Sun - A Nuclear Reactor Energy is coming from the star’s core through fusion.Gravity is pulling the star towards its centre.When the star is born, the energy pressure outwards equals the gravity.
37 Spectral Classes of Stars Astronomers want to classify the stars based on some property.Here the stars are classified by their mass.The lifetime of a star depends on the mass – higher mass stars live much less time.You can remember the class names – “Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me”
38 The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Once a measurement of the star’s temperature and brightness have been made, they can be plotted on this diagram.Temperature correlates with colour. Red stars are cooler than blue stars. Our Sun is yellow.Most stars lie on the Main Sequence – a band on this graph where all the stars which are fusing hydrogen lie.
39 The classes also tell us what elements the star is made of. These spectra show absorption lines which come from elements in the star’s atmosphere.
40 Illustrates cumulative absorption spectra observed by Hubble. Source:Released to PD as per: