2Electromagnetic waves The different waves that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are as follows in order of increasing frequency;Radio -> Microwave -> Infrared -> Light -> Ultraviolet -> X-ray -> Gamma.All these waves can travel through a vacuum.They are also all transverse waves.
3Radio Waves Has a frequency of 103 – 1012 Hertz Has a wavelength of 105 – 10-4Radio waves will be reflected and refracted by the ionosphere as it is electrically charged.Radio waves main uses are radio and television broadcasts.Radio waves can produce a chosenfrequency, so they won’t interfere withother radio waves.This allows for more than one radiostation to broadcast in an area.
4Microwaves Have a frequency of 103 to 1012 hertz Have a wavelength of 105 to 10-4 metresMicrowaves are not reflected by the ionosphere and so are used for communications with satellites.Microwaves have shorter wavelengths, this makes them ideal for handheld communication devices such as mobile phones.
5Infrared Has a frequency of 1011 to 1013 hertz Has a wavelength of 10-3 to 10-5They use total internal reflection to be carried along optical fibres.They are responsible for heat radiation, when you feel warmth from a bonfire, it is because infrared waves carry the heat.Infrared waves are also used in toasters and grills to cook food.
6Visible lightHuman eyes can detect electromagnetic wavelengths from about 400nm (violet) to 700nm (red).Visible light can be totally internally reflected within glass.This allows images to be transported directly from one place to another.
7Ultraviolet Has a frequency ranging from 7.5 x 1014 to 3 x 1016 hertz. Has a wavelength 10-6 to 10-9Some ultraviolet waves are used in the treatment of sewage to kill bacteria.To much exposure to ultraviolet waves can cause sunburn in humans.
8X-rays Has a frequency of 1015 to 1020 Has a wavelength of 10-7 to 10-12Very high energy electromagnetic waves can be produced by colliding high speed electrons with a metal target. When these electrons decelerate rapidly, they give off energy as x-rays.
9Gamma Has a frequency of 1017 to 1024 Has a wavelength of 10-9 to 10-16Generated by energy shifts inside the nuclei of atoms, gamma rays form the very highest energy EM waves.Used to sterilise surgical instrumentsGamma rays can be used to kill cancerous cells in the body.