Bunsen-Kirchhoff law

Bun·​sen-Kirch·​hoff law | \ -ənˈkirˌkȯf-, -rkˌhȯf- \

Definition of Bunsen-Kirchhoff law

: a statement in spectroscopy: each chemical element has an emission spectrum of bright lines and an absorption spectrum of dark lines which are characteristic of the element

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History and Etymology for Bunsen-Kirchhoff law

after Robert Wilhelm Bunsen and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff †1887 German physicist, its formulators

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“Bunsen-Kirchhoff law.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bunsen-Kirchhoff%20law. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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