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A transition by which the energy of at least one photon is completely transferred to a material.

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How are photons “consumed”?

I have very little background in physics, so I apologize if this question is painfully naive. Consider the following thought experiment: an observer is in a closed room whose walls, floor, and ...
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How does one account for the momentum of an absorbed photon?

Suppose I have an atom in its ground state $|g⟩$, and it has an excited state $|e⟩$ sitting at an energy $E_a=\hbar\omega_0$ above it. To excite the atom, one generally uses a photon of frequency $\...
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Where do photons go when they are absorbed?

The answer I usually get (and I'm paraphrasing here) is that they disappear and are instead absorbed as heat energy. But I find it hard to believe that the photon simply "disappears." Common sense ...
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How precise must the energies match for absorption of photons?

According to Quantum Mechanics, in order for an atom to absorb a photon the energy of the photon must be precisely that of a "jump" between energy states of the atom. How precise must it be? If I ...
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Photoelectric effect absorption coefficient decreases with energy, why?

Consider the diagram below: (Author: Joshua Hykes source: Wikipedia) From this diagram we can see that the absorption coefficient for the photoelectric effect generically decreases with the increase ...
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Why do bass tones travel through walls?

I was in the shower while my roommate was listening to music and got to thinking about the fact that I could only hear the bass and lower drums through the walls. Why is this? The two possibilities I ...
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Why don't absorption and emission lines cancel out in our Sun?

I was looking at this answer on why absorption lines and emission lines don't cancel out: An experiment shining light on the material and looking at the reflected spectrum will see absorption ...
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Why can't we see gases?

I am not sure what causes gas molecules to be invisible.This question may look silly but I really want to know the story behind it.
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Why do lines in atomic spectra have thickness? (Bohr's Model)

Consider the atomic spectrum (absorption) of hydrogen. The Bohr's model postulates that there are only certain fixed orbits allowed in the atom. An atom will only be excited to a higher orbit, if it ...
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How do Black Bodies Absorb and Emit Radiation? [duplicate]

I have learnt how the gases of elements are able to absorb only certain wavelengths of EM radiation corresponding to the energy transitions between energy levels of orbitals. Furthermore, these ...
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Why do you only hear the bass when someone nearby is wearing earphones?

When someone nearby is listening to music through earphones or headphones, usually you can only hear the bass (unless it's really loud where you can hear the singer's voice and the other instruments ...
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Can a photon be absorbed by a proton?

When incident light passes through a hydrogen gas, for example, does it have 50% chance (since it's a 1:1 ratio of protons to electrons) of getting absorbed by the proton? Any chance at all? If no, ...
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Why do X-rays go through things?

I always heard that the smaller the wavelength, the more interactions take place. The sky is blue because the blue light scatters. So why is this not true for X-rays, which go through objects so ...
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What “happens” to the energy of a photon after it is absorbed?

The simple model of the colour of reflected light from objects (yes, colour perception is a function of the eye/brain) as I understand it is: Firstly I will write what I understand happens - which ...
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Light-matter interaction and an object's appearance

I am taking a course in Computer Graphics, and the teacher said we could put materials in there main categories: mirror like glossy or specular diffuse He suggested that the law of reflection is ...
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Light Absorption of a glass

I've the $n$ (refractive index of the glass sheet ) and $t$ (the thickness of the glass sheet) with this information, how can I find the amount light absorption of the glass sheet?
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How can absorption spectra form if atoms can't remain in an excited state?

I have been tasked to write a research paper on stars. However, I know very little about physics in general. I am learning about how we can glean information about stars by analyzing the light that ...
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Is there a zone where 'colour' overlaps between double rainbows?

Someone on social media posted this question based on a conversation with their (very cluey and creative) kid. Is there a zone between double rainbows where the 'colour' overlaps? This would be in ...
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Calculating force absorbed by compression of a material (i.e. rubber)

Say I was trying to design padding to absorb impacts using polymers or similar materials, such as rubber. I have a good understanding of any relevant physics, most likely, but I wouldn't know where to ...
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Photon absorption in a medium - basic principle?

I am trying to understand the basic physics of photon absorption in a medium. Take the example of oxygenated hemoglobin (red curve). Clearly at different frequencies/energies relatively more or less ...
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In diffraction When wavelength is less than slit width then does the scattered light gets absorbed & emitted from the wall or just rebound?

I know that when the slit width is less than that of wavelength then the slit will act as a point source and scatter the light in all directions. But my question is that during the scattering of ...
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How can opaque black object occur?

I know the fact that a material appeared as black when all wavelength photons were absorbed. I also know that opaque object is the result of reflection and scattering of light wave. Is it right? ...
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How does radiation shielding using absorbing materials work?

I understand that, for example, a thick enough sheet of lead can absorb gamma radiation, but I want to understand what actually happens at the molecular/atomic/subatomic level. Also, can the same ...
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Why can't electrons absorb any energy (i.e. absorb some energy of the photons necessary and emit the residual)?

Recently I had a question in mind about the absorption of photons. Why is it that only specific energy levels can be absorbed by electrons? I mean, I get the idea that electrons in an atom have only ...
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A question about atomic clocks

I have a rather simple question about atomic clocks. I have read that: Microwave radiation with a frequency of exactly 9.192.631.770 cycles per second causes the outermost electron of cesium-133 ...
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Frequency dependance of sound wave reflection

Why are high frequencies reflected more than low frequencies off an 'acoustically hard' surface such as concrete? I basically understand that the amount of reflection is determined by the impedance ...
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Why does the light instantly disappear when we switch off the source?

For example i take a box which is completely covered by the most perfect mirrors possible inside and inside that box i have a bulb whose bulb holder is also covered with the most perfect mirrors ...
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Hypothetically, if there was a substance that could absorb all visible light and reflected none, how would it appear to the human eye?

Would said substance just be perceived as a "hole" in our vision, if it was capable of absorbing 100% of all light? Also on a side note, would the absorption of all light instead of only visible ...
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Absorption cross section and absorption coefficient

What is the absorption cross section, how is it measured? How to convert it to the absorption coefficient (measured in cm$^{-1}$)?
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Optimal laser wavelength for heating air

Lets say I want to heat air with laser,what wavelenght should I chose,ultraviolet,infrared or something in visible spectrum? To clarify,I want the laser beam to lose power and get converted to heat in ...
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Absorption Spectrum

I just learnt what absorption and emission spectrum are. And our teacher introduced us to what Quantum Dots are. And showed us their absorption and emission spectra. And they look something like this ...
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Does the energy required to increase a volume of water's temperature increase as that temperature increases?

Obviously in a simple, classroom style experiment the energy required to increase water temperature is a constant and thus wouldn't change, but what if we made the experiment just slightly more real ...
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How to calculate the Refractive index of a glass sheet

My question is how to find the $n$ of a glass sheet with just aiming a laser beam to that. I've got lot of ways that let me find the $n$ ( Refractive index ) but I need the whole part of the ...
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Where does the energy go in Vantablack?

Saw this article come by on Facebook the other day from I Fucking Love Science. It has a video of someone demoing what happens when you shine a laser on a piece of ...