Presentation on theme: "Chapter 5: Light: The Cosmic Messenger. What is Light? Light is radiative energy Energy is measured in Joules Power is measured in Watts 1 watt = 1 joule/s."— Presentation transcript:
What is Light? Light is radiative energy Energy is measured in Joules Power is measured in Watts 1 watt = 1 joule/s The power a person uses in a day is about 10 Mjoules, equivalent to leaving a 100W bulb on all day
How Light Behaves EmissionAbsorptionTransmissionReflection
If you pass white light through a prism, it separates into its component colors. R.O.Y. G. B.I.V spectrum long wavelengthsshort wavelengths
Duality of Light Light can behave as a particle and a wave In the 17th Century, Isaac Newton argued that light was composed of little particles while Christian Huygens suggested that light travels in the form of waves. In the 19th Century, Thomas Young demonstrated that light bends slightly around corners and acts like interfering waves.
Light and Energy Photon energy = Plank’s constant x speed of light / wavelength E = h x f = hc/λ As Energy goes up, frequency goes up, wavelength gets smaller
Peak color (wavelength) shifts to shorter wavelengths as an objects is heated increasing temperature
Peak color (wavelength) emitted depends on an object’s temperature
Peak color (wavelength) shifts to shorter wavelengths as an objects is heated hotter objectcooler object
The intensities of different emitted colors reveal a star’s temperature Wien’s Law Wavelength is inversely proportional to temperature max = (2.9 x 10 -3 ) / T Kelvin max = (2.9 x 10 -3 ) / T Kelvin As Energy goes up, Temperature increases and wavelength gets smaller, and frequency gets greater
What color is our 5800K Sun? The Sun emits all colors (wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation); however, the colors it emits most intensely are in the blue-green part of the spectrum.
The brightness of spectral lines depend on conditions in the spectrum’s source Law 1 A hot object or a hot, dense gas produces a continuous spectrum -- a complete rainbow of colors with without any specific spectral lines. (This is a black body spectrum.) Law 2 A hot, rarefied gas produces an emission line spectrum - a series of bright spectral lines against a dark background. Law 3 A cool gas in front of a continuous source of light produces an absorption line spectrum - a series of dark spectral lines among the colors of the rainbow.
Doppler Shifts Red Shift: The distance between the observer and the source is increasing Blue Shift: The distance between the observer and the source is decreasing
The Doppler shift allows astronomers to measure radial velocity ONLY! The proper motion, side-to-side, is too difficult to measure for all but the closest stars (that would require we can measure via parallax). With Doppler Shift we can measure the speed of objects toward or away from us very precisely!
A star’s surface temperature –by peak wavelength A star’s chemical composition –by spectral analysis A star’s radial velocity –from Doppler shifts