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Astronomy 101 week 3 notes

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Astronomy 101 week 3 notes ASTR 101

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Date Created: 01/08/16
Lecture 3 notes Spectroscopy and Atoms • How do you make a spectrum? o By refraction of light § When you bend light, bending angle depends on wavelength, or color. • What does the spectrum of an astronomical objects radiation look like? o Many objects like stars have roughly a “black-body” spectrum also known as the Planck spectrum or planck curve. (plotting the electromagnetic radiation)(brightness vs frequency graph) • How is temperature related to the amount of energy radiated? o As the frequency goes up the temperature is going up as well o The wavelength of peak emission tells us the temperature of the object o Temperature scale of molecules mimics the black body graph and correlates with the color • How is temperature related to the color of the object? o As the temperature goes up the color goes from red to blue to white • Types of spectra o Continuous spectrum o Emission spectrum o Absorption spectrum § Pattern of lines is a fingerprint of the element § For a given element, emission and absorption lines occur at the same wavelengths Spectrum of the sun • Absorption spectrum • Helium was discovered in suns spectrum before being found on earth • What causes emission/absorption of light at specific wavelengths? o Photons carrying just enough energy for the interaction to occur • The particle Nature of light o Light interacts with matter as individual packets of energy, called photons o Photon energy is proportional to frequency o Ex. Ultraviolet photons are more harmful than visible photons • The nature of Atoms o The bohr model of the hydrogen atom – on slide lecture 5 o When an atom absorbs a photon, it moves to a higher energy state briefly o When it jumps back to lower energy state, it emits photon(s) in a random direction, conserving the total energy of the system • Other elements Each element has its own allowed energy levels yielding a unique spectral fingerprint


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