Absorption Line

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Absorption Line



A minute range of wavelength (or frequency) in the electromagnetic spectrum within which radiant energy is absorbed by the medium through which it is passing. Each line is associated with a particular mode of electronic excitation induced in the absorbing atoms by the incident radiation. See absorption spectrum, spectral line, telluric lines, Fraunhofer lines, absorption band.

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use