Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)
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What is the Electromagnetic Radiation?
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) or Electromagnetic energy is the energy propagated in the form of an advancing interaction between electric and magnetic fields. It travels with the velocity of light. Visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared rays, heat, radio waves, X-rays all are different forms of electromagnetic energy.
EMR ranges from gamma rays with very short wavelength to long radio waves. The shortest wavelengths can also be modeled as particles (photons). The interaction of EMR with matter forms the basis for Remote Sensing.
Electric and Magnetic fields that are perpendicular to each other and propagation to the direction of travel. Although it is a wave, it also can be detected as discrete particles of light, called photons.
Electromagnetic Radiation Properties
- EMR radiated by atomic particles at the source (Sun)
- Propagates through the vacuum of space at the speed of light
- Interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere
- Interacts with the Earth’s surface
- Various optical systems and detectors
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Radio waves primarily come from the oscillation of currents in conductors. The long wavelengths travel easily and are not interfered by atoms (Except conductors).
Wavelengths longer than visible light are called Infrared rays. Molecules are heated by Infrared waves.
Visible Light is radiation in a narrow band of wavelength. Many atoms and molecules have specific behavior at unique frequencies of light. Corresponds to maximum output from the Sun.
Ultraviolet rays have shorter wavelengths than visible light. Some molecules absorb ultraviolet and reemit visible light.
X-rays are associated with energetic transitions in atoms. The short wavelength x-rays can penetrate materials.