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1 Electromagnetic Radiation Physics    Relax and Enjoy the Ride… It’s quite a ride.

2 Waves… a review  Most waves are either longitudinal or transverse.  Sound waves are longitudinal.  But all electromagnetic waves are transverse…

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5 Wave Relationships  Notice from the definitions we can relate the properties of a wave to one another

6 Wave Relationships  Frequency is usually expressed in the unit of Hertz This unit is named after a German scientist who studied radio waves For example, if a wave has a period of 10 seconds, the frequency of the wave would be 1/10 Hz, or 0.1 Hz

7  Note that light is always traveling at the same speed (c ~ 3 x 10 8 m/s) Remember: velocity = wavelength x frequency  If frequency increases, wavelength decreases  If frequency decreases, wavelength increases

8 Electromagnetic waves  Produced by the movement of electrically charged particles  Can travel in a “vacuum” (they do NOT need a medium  Travel at the speed of light  Also known as EM waves

9 Wave-particle Duality  Light can behave like a wave or like a particle  A “particle” of light is called a photon


11 Radio waves  Longest wavelength EM waves  Uses: TV broadcasting AM and FM broadcast radio Avalanche beacons Heart rate monitors Cell phone communication



14 Microwaves  Wavelengths from 1 mm- 1 m  Uses: Microwave ovens Bluetooth headsets Broadband Wireless Internet Radar GPS

15 Infrared Radiation  Wavelengths in between microwaves and visible light  Uses: Night vision goggles Remote controls Heat-seeking missiles

16 Visible light  Only type of EM wave able to be detected by the human eye  Violet is the highest frequency light  Red light is the lowest frequency light

17 Wavelengths of Light - Visible  What we see as white light is actually made up of a continuum of components  Traditionally, we break white light into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (ROY G BIV)  There is actually a continuous transition of color, each with its own wavelength and frequency

18 Ultraviolet  Shorter wavelengths than visible light  Uses: Black lights Sterilizing medical equipment Water disinfection Security images on money


20 Ultraviolet (cont.) UVAUVB and UVC EnergyHighest of UV waves Lower than UVA Health risks  Extremely low risk for DNA damage  Can destroy Vitamin A in skin  Can cause DNA damage, leading to skin cancer  Responsible for sunburn







27 X-rays  Tiny wavelength, high energy waves  Uses: Medical imaging Airport security Inspecting industrial welds


29 Gamma Rays  Smallest wavelengths, highest energy EM waves  Uses Food irradiation Cancer treatment Treating wood flooring




33 Blackbody Radiation Cool gas ( ~60K) Young star ( ~600K) The Sun (~6000K) Hot stars in a cluster ( ~60,000K)

34 The Sun at Different Wavelengths VisibleUltraviolet X-ray



37 With a traditional optical telescope, the space between stars and galaxies (the background) is completely dark. However, a sufficiently sensitive radio telescope shows a faint background glow, almost exactly the same in all directions, that is not associated with any star, galaxy, or other object. This glow is strongest in the microwave region of the radio spectrum. The CMB's serendipitous discovery in 1964 by American radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson was the culmination of work initiated in the 1940s, and earned them the 1978 Nobel Prize.




41 Doppler Effect  The motion of an object can be measured through a change in the frequency of the waves emitted by the object  The increase in pitch of an approaching police car is caused by the compression of the sound wave The pitch decreases as the police car moves away

42 Doppler Shift  In astronomy, the same effect happens to light waves  A source that is moving away will appear redder (redshift)  A source that is moving toward us will appear bluer (blueshift)  Note: Only objects moving toward or away from us (radial motion) will show this effect


44 EM Spectrum HW:  p. 389 # 1-3, 31-35

45 Powerpoint Credits  J. Beauchemin 2009 free online ppt

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