absorption band


Definition of absorption band

: a dark band in an absorption spectrum also : absorption line

Examples of absorption band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In work that is now being prepared for publication, Meadows and her team show that a spectral absorption band from tetraoxygen (O4) loosely forms when O2 molecules collide. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life," 2 Feb. 2016 Diatomic oxygen also boasts strong absorption bands in the visible and near-infrared — the exact sensitivity range of both the $8 billion James Webb telescope and the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), a mission planned for the 2020s. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life," 2 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of absorption band

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Absorption band.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption%20band. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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