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Why does my infrared thermometer say the sky is at -2 °C?

I just got myself an infrared thermometer. I wouldn't have been able to predict what temperature it would give me when pointing at the sky, but it turned out to be -2 °C the first time I measured, and ...
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Why can't we see infrared light?

While explaining to my nephew about the physics of light, I told him we cannot see infrared color, and he kicked back with a very simple question: why can't we see it? I could not tell him. Is the ...
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Can the hot combustion products from a large flame be in “non-local thermal equilibrium”

Question: Does it take some time for the hot combustion products from a flame to reach local thermodynamical equilibrium (i.e. for the energy state populations to follow the Boltzmann distribution)? ...
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Why does an infrared thermometer display very low temperature when being directed to the outer air?

I'm toying with an infrared thermometer - one which you point onto an object, press the button and it instantly measures the temperature by estimating the infrared radiation from the object. It shows ...
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What common materials absorb most infrared light?

I'm competing in a simple robotics competition where most of the participants use reflected infrared light to detect their opponent. I'd like to make my own robot as difficult to see as possible. What ...
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Why do moving particles emit thermal radiation?

While answering another question about heat in an atom, the discussion in the comments led to the question of how heat is related to thermal radiation picked up by infrared cameras. The answer is that ...
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Why do we use microwaves in microwave oven?

We know that any object above absolute zero emits electromagnetic radiation. So hotter the object shorter the wavelengths. In the electromagnetic radiation spectrum radio waves has the longest then ...
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How does the aluminium foil do the thermal and WiFi isolation?

Aluminium foil is widely used for thermal isolation. As far as I know it reflects the thermal infrared radiation. Also I've seen a lot of guides about strengthening WiFi signal by putting the ...
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Why 8–15 µm is considered “thermal infrared” if typical room temperature kT is 48 µm?

According to Wikipedia: Long-wavelength infrared (8–15 µm, 20–37 THz, 83–155 meV): The "thermal imaging" region, in which sensors can obtain a completely passive image of objects only slightly ...
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Why human and most of vertebrates cannot see Near-Infrared light (720nm-1500nm)? [closed]

On daytime, the surface of Earth is illuminated abundantly by light of spectrum from 250nm-1500nm, that includes near-ultraviolet spectrum (250nm-380nm), visible spectrum (380nm-720nm) and ...
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Why is infrared radiation associated with heat?

I am little confused with infrared radiation. I understand that when an object is hotter, it radiates electromagnetic waves of a bigger frequency and this waves are also more energetic, that is why ...
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Do infrared lamps provide more heat than incandescent lamps?

Infrared lamps seem to be used in situations where you want to produce heat without producing (as much) light. But incandescent bulbs also produce heat. Why not just use incandescent bulbs? My ...
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Incorrect IR temperature reading on stainless steel?

Using a Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer today on a stainless steel pipe with coolant I noticed that it gives incorrect temperature readings. There is a temperature sensor inside the coolant ...
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Why infrared light waves is visible through camera? [duplicate]

For example We know that some television manufacturers have the limited IR-based remotes which cannot be seen by our eyes directly but while playing when I just put my camera in front of my TV remote ...
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Short Laser pulse in near field bandwidth

Is there a way to create a short laser pulse that has, at least in the near field, a very narrow frequency range?
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Is it possible to improve the efficacy of light bulbs with a semipermeable mirror? (The greenhouse bulb)

Let us imagine that there exists a material that reflects infrared radiation, but is transparent for visible light. Could we take an incandescent bulb and add this material to the inner surface of the ...
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Thermographic camera vs infrared camera

AFAIK, all objects above 0K emit infrared radiation. It is an electromagnetic radiation, like visible light. I guess thermographic and infrared cameras work on the same principles, but their images ...
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Particular targets of high angular resolution infrared telescopes

I work in the field of infrared interferometry, specifically instrumentation. As such, I need to be aware of the science goals of such an instrument. Is there a quick list of important and ...
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How does an infrared thermometer actually calculate temperature?

I am slightly confused about infrared radiation and the equations related to it. $P = A \epsilon \sigma T^4$ (1) and $B_{\lambda}(\lambda,T) = \frac{2hc^2}{\lambda^5} \frac{1}{e^{\frac{hc}{\lambda ...
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Using infrared temperature sensor to measure water surface temperature

Can I use infrared temperature sensor (such as TS118-3) to measure water surface temperature? I'm afraid some effects such as reflection of infrared waves from water surface and blinking because of ...
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What paint absorbed the most infrared light? [closed]

Is Parents recently installed drainage gutters on the back part of there house. The problem is they did not take into account the location of their security cameras. So now at night the infrared ...
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Why does a human body only emit infra red radiation and not other types of electromagnetic radiation?

What causes humans to emit infra red radiation and why don't we also emit other types of electromagnetic radiation such as ultra violet or microwave? Sunlight contains UV and our body takes it in, but ...
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How does Infrared Relate to heat?

I never understood the relationship between Infrared and Heat. Is IR emitted when heat is generated, is heat generated when IR is made, and how do the two relate?
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Why does glass absorb infrared light?

I was under the impression that glass was transparent to light with a wavelength above ultraviolet, but when playing with my latest toy, an infrared thermometer which brought up a question I asked ...
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How long does it take plasma to radiate its heat?

Lets say we have 1 gram of plasma (Argon) at 1 million kelvin confined in a vacuum with electromagnets. If we keep the magnets on but shut down the device that heated the plasma, how long will it take ...
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Can you use infra-red goggles (or similar principle) to see through mist and fog?

As per title really... fog is obviously quite opaque to visible light yet transparent to radio waves. What is the range of frequencies at which fog is opaque, and is either end of this range at a ...
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Explaining William Herschels Infrared Discovery

First post, and probably a very simple answer that I'm missing, but here goes. Herschel found that red light warmed a thermometer more than blue light, and consequently that the region beyond the red ...
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Commercial Infrared lights

I purchased an infrared light. It's a 100 W Philips infrared lightbulb. Says it's infrared, but I haven't done any spectrum analysis so I don't know for sure if it's just red or really infrared. As I ...
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What's the Significance of Color Changes Between EM-Spectrums?

As everybody knows that Black objects are black because almost all the light that falls on them is absorbed into the material. Little or no light is reflected back toward our eyes, therefore we see ...
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Infrared light absorption characteristics of vegetable oil [closed]

How much infrared light is absorbed by vegetable oil?
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Penetration depth of thermal IR into building and insulation materials

What are the values of the penetration depth (or the attenuation coefficient) of thermal infrared radiation (say, 5-20 $\mu$m wavelength) into common building and insulation materials (brick, stone, ...
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What material would block (reflect, appear opaque) IR light 750-850nm range, but allow visible light to pass? [closed]

I'd like to find a material, ideally a plastic, that would prevent IR light from passing , but appear as transparent as possible to visible light. I've sampled some plascolite products and they work, ...
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Thermographic camera - show for visiting school children

Next week a group of pupils (12-14 years old) will visit my institute. I would like to teach them about infrared radiation. Do you have any suggestion what kind of simply and impressive experiments I ...
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Does a source emitting visible light also emit infrared, microwave and radio waves?

I have a bulb which is hot enough to emit visible light and obviously it's hot enough to emit radiation which lies before the visible light temperature i.e. radio waves, microwaves, and infrared ...
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Is there a portable method of preventing all IR radiation from being emitted?

Me and some friends were recently disuccing "How cool it would be to be invisible", from a military viewpoint, I said that Camouflage, when done correctly, works surprisingly well, so invisibility was ...
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Does sunlight contain 940nm wavelength light?

Apologies if this has an obvious answer, my knowledge of this area is very limited. I am attempting to produce a setup that will allow me to illuminate objects in 940nm wavelength infrared light, and ...
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How damaging is light? [closed]

On Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman, when talking about the Trinity test, the author states: the only thing that could really hurt your eyes (bright light can never hurt your eyes) is ultraviolet ...
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When thermal IR gets reflected from an object, does it change its wavelength (frequency)

I'm working with thermal infrared (IR) cameras to detect human thermal radiation. I notice I can easily distinguish non-human objects throughout the camera's field of view, though all are at same room ...
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What does adding a visible light blocking IR filter do with heat?

Lets say I have a strong halogen light source which has a lot of IR radiation (e.g. a construction lamp). If I change the transparent front glass from the enclosure with a IR filter that blocks ...
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william herschel discovering infrared problem

when william herschel conducted the experiment of separating white light with a prism and measuring the different colors, he put a thermometer past the red color as a control finding it to pick up the ...
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What's the physical difference between a convective heater and an infrared heater?

Could someone please explain why there are 2 types of space heaters-- one that is convective and one that is infrared? Why does the first one not radiate and why does the second one not heat the air? ...
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Materials that effectively block IR partially

I would like to know what are the effective materials that can partially block IR (but not fully) of wavelength 8-14 um. My idea is to blur the images taken from a thermal camera by adding this piece ...
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Why infrared absorption is a nonlinear technique?

I am looking for a good explanation and/or reference quotation explaining why infrared absorption technique is essentially nonlinear (eg. for carbon monoxide quantification). When using ...
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How to test cutoff frequency of IR filter on camera?

Modern cell phones seems to come with IR filters on their cameras. I want to do an experiment to figure out what wavelengths these filters allow to pass and which they block. How would I go about ...
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Is infrared light diffused on walls?

Lamps that produce visible light can light up a whole room because the ceiling and the walls diffuse light. This way, when there is a single lamp in a room, something that is in the shadows is not ...
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How can we detect the property of matter by using mechanical waves or IR or any other way

First of all, I am in high school[to tell that I don't know much physics]. And the second thing is that, I am not sure whether this question is specifically related to physics. What I want to ...
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Why is infrared imagery of Mars' surface sharper / richer in contrast than that from the visible spectrum?

Looking at the terrain of Mars through Google Mars, it seems to me that the infrared imagery is much crisper, the images from the visible spectrum seem to be somewhat hazy. I'm wondering if that is ...
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Do white light generated by light bulb also have significant Infrared intensity?

I am planning to obtain near infrared light for a project. Instead of producing the infrared myself, I thought it might be easier to use something inexpensive and commercially available. That's why I ...
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Do homonuclear diatomic molecules interact with infrared light?

A molecule will appear on IR spectra if its dipole moment changes during vibration. Due to symmetry, the dipole moment of homonuclear diatomic molecules ($\mathrm{H_2, N_2, O_2, F_2, \dots}$) is zero. ...
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Infrared light and heat

I know that mid wave IR, long wave IR, and far IR are all infrared light that we feel as heat. Often, even when it is cold and windy, if I face the sun in a sunny spot it feels like it is 80 degrees F ...