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You are likety to be directly measuring the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere. The fact that your cursory measurements seem to be correlated with the air temperature around you supports this idea: the measurement is higher in the day because the Earth itself is hotter and radiating back into space more powerfully. Greenhouse gasses are thus absorbing some ...


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In microwave ovens what matters is how much energy the radiation carries and how that energy is absorbed by the food. Visible light and IR are rapidly absorbed by most foods, so they would only heat the outer layer of the food. You'd get food with the outside carbonised and the inside raw. Microwaves are far less strongly absorbed by foods, so they ...


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All bodies above absolute-zero emit some radiation. This is "black-body" radiation and it can be correlated to temperature using the Stefan-Boltzmann law. Your infrared thermometer uses this to calculate the temperature by measuring this radiation. The temperature you measure for the sky is the radiation of an equivalent blackbody at -2°C. This is sort of ...


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Kyothe was on the right track, but in fact we do radiate in the visible, just in such small amounts that it's not detectable for all practical purposes. If you look at the referenced Planck (black body) curves for objects around human body temperature, the short-wave tail is nonzero in the visible range, but it's there.


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The reason for this can be seen by examining how an infrared thermometer works. As you mentioned, it measures the infrared radiation, and uses this to determine the temperature. So, with that in mind, we consider what happens in the situations you mention. Namely, you cannot use it to measure the air temperature, because the emissivity of the air is ...


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For light bulbs and other thermal emitters this is definitely true. Their emission follows the black body spectrum (if you neglect absorption due to the glass container). If you want to be picky: Any device, which is operated above 0 K (which applies to all devices) emit thermal radiation according to their temperature. This is not directly related with the ...


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The IR sensors that OP is talking about work by emitting IR from an LED and then measuring IR intensity reflected back from an object close enough (scroll to Sharp GP2Y0A21YK IR Proximity Sensor). Addressing the comments: the temperature of the robot and the resulting blackbody emission in the IR is small enough to be irrelevant to the question. IR is used ...


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A nephew-friendly, physics-based explanation: Our brains and nerves work based on electrical impulses, which are little bursts of electrical current. Electricity is what happens when you remove the electrons from one atom or molecule and move them to another one nearby. In some materials, like metals or heavily ionized liquids like blood, it's easy to ...


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Infrared radiation is absorbed by water, both atmospheric water vapor and liquid water. Below is a graph of water transmission at various wavelengths. Notice that some rather large bands are completely missing. This light can't reach your eyes because the air absorbs it. Also, our eyeballs are filled with water. This water also absorbs infrared radiation ...


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As a general rule there are three mechanisms by which molecules absorb light: Electronic transitions - visible/uv wavelengths Vibrational transitions - infra-red wavelengths Rotational transitions - microwave wavelengths In solids you don't often get rotational spectra because the molecules usually aren't free to move without interacting with the ...


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I would guess your meter is assuming the surface is a reasonable approximation to a black body, i.e. the emissivity is approximately one. The emissivity of polished metal can be as low as 0.1. From the fluke manual: Emissivity Of the kinds of energy—reflected, transmitted and emitted—emanating from an object, only emitted infrared energy indicates the ...


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The mechanism of EM radiation emission in dilute gases is different from solids, liquids and dense gases. In a solid the main source of the continuous emission, i.e. black body emission, is lattice vibrations causing local oscillations in electron density. The resulting transient dipoles emit EM just like any oscillating dipole. This isn't a resonant ...


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The usual way to achieve minimal radiative losses (and thus a low thermal signature) is using MLI - multilayer insulation. The use of multiple layers of reflectors creates a "thermal series" - each layer gets a temperature that is closer to the radiative temperature of the environment, and it allows you to achieve a low thermal emission. This is very ...


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You are right that IR lamps typically have the bulk of the energy shifted to longer wavelengths. Now it turns out that infrared radiation (IR) is more readily absorbed by water in the body - so when you use the same amount of power in an IR lamp, more of it will be "felt" as heat by the body (because less is scattered / reflected by the skin). As for ...


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Hot objects, such as humans and warm-blooded animals, emit IR-radiation. Few creatures have IR-vision, such as snakes. Significantly, snakes are cold-blooded. IR-vision would be advantageous in a struggle to survive for most creatures; with IR-vision, you could distinguish (hot) living creatures with camouflage from their backgrounds and see (hot) living ...


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There are two aspects to be considered here: Does the wall reflect or absorb the radiation? If the wall reflects, is this specular or diffuse reflection? For both of these sub-questions, the answer depends on the material that the wall is made of and on the wavelength of the infrared radiation. At wavelengths close to the visible (for example, at 0.8 ...


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Both Infra-red and Visible light are different. (It's BAD to call IR-radiation as IR-light either...) Visible light is everything that you see with your naked eyes. But, IR - NO, you can't see 'cause it's not light and that's why your eye won't perceive it. It's what most vipers, pythons and rattle snakes see..! This is the reason why snakes could detect ...


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All matter in bulk radiates (approximately) as a black body radiator, approximately because there are coefficients of emissivity depending on the constituents. For gases the functional form is different. The radiation has a specific spectrum and intensity that depends only on the temperature of the body As the temperature decreases, the peak of ...


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We radiate infrared rather than UV or visible light because we aren't hot enough. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck%27s_law for more details.


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Since your plasma is in a vacuum environment, the only way for it to loose energy is by radiation (conduction transfer through the magnets are neglected). You have thus to consider which bodies are surrounding your plasma and which radiative model is the best ton consider for them. I guess you can consider a black body with the simple Stefan equation. The ...


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If your filter absorbs the IR it will heat up the filter. If you're using some form of etalon to reflect the IR back then it will heat up the whole lamp. In the days of my youth I used a 1kW xenon-mercury for UV irradiating materials, and we had to use a water cooled chamber containing copper sulphate solution to remove the IR before the light reached the ...


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At or around room temperature objects emit light in the far infrared. Cameras that detect this radiation generally give the false colour images that you describe. Because the camera sees radiation emitted by the objects no external source of light is required. However a second type of camera operates in the near infrared and requires an external infrared ...


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I'm no specialist on this, so, take this answer as thoughts from someone that also wants to know the answer to your problem. This is a very interesting problem, and one that I have interested myself. If you try modelling this process using some kind of kinectic theory (e.g. Boltzmann Equation) approach, naturally apears several time scales from the diferent ...


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The description infra-red covers a wide range of wavelengths from wavelengths of about 700nm out to tens of microns. Ordinary glass will transmit radiation out to at least 1 micron - the exact cutoff depends on the type of glass. In the prism experiment the geometry means that that the infra-red light detected can't have a wavelength more than (very ...


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It's all to do with the conductivity of the material, the thickness is only a secondary effect because as you reduce the thickness you reduce the conductivity. The only time that thickness has a direct effect is if you make a surface from layers of a transparent material which are a precise fraction of a wavelength in order to use interference effects to ...


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In table 1 the classification of photon frequencies is given. A lamp as you describe will emit most of the energy in the infrared and some in the visible. The energy carried by the visible part will also end up in the infrared degraded by the reflections in the room. So you will get 100watts in total. The advantage of emitting mostly infrared lies in ...


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Yes it's possible. It will depend on the strength (intensity) of the infrared light being emitted and the sensitivity of the receiver or detector, but a range of 10 ft is well within the range of most TV remote controls for example. In 1917 the British develop the first infra-red search and track (IRST) in World War I and detect aircraft at a range of ...


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Wikipedia has a good plot of the power versus frequency spectrum, well labeled. One can integrate numerically to get the percentage at each wavelength. There exists also an article on ultraviolet. Please also tell what are the sources of infrared at night and what the power density of infrared rays at night!. Infrared at night comes from the stored ...



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