The range of wavelengths within which energy is absorbed by a substance. Atmospheric absorption of electromagnetic energy is shown in Figure E-11.
FIG. E-11. Electromagnetic spectrum
. Designation of portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The blackened areas in the right-hand graph show attenuation caused by atmospheric absorption. The window in the absorption spectrum at V
is visible light and window T
is the thermal infrared window. In terms of energy, 10–6
m wavelength=1 eV
; 1 m=1 meV. (after Reeves et al.
, 1975, 54.)