When the energy of the wave is higher than the energy gap between two states inside the atom, a transition of electron from lower to upper state happens. The atmosphere is composed of different gases and part of an incoming electromagnetic wave will be absorbed in the air by water vapor mainly because of these atomic transitions. Can a single wave produce several transitions in several atoms of the existing gases in the air if it has a sufficiently high energy?


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