Other applications of infrared light include its use in the range finders of automatic self-focusing cameras, security alarm systems, and night-vision optical instruments. 0000005365 00000 n xref Microwave radar is therefore widely used for guiding airplanes and vessels and for detecting speeding motorists. The image on the left is in visible light, and the image on the right is in infrared; the marked difference between the two images shows how infrared radiation can penetrate galactic dust. The corresponding wavelengths extend from 7 × 10−5 cm (red) to 4 × 10−5 cm (violet). 0000136578 00000 n Although microwaves were first produced and studied in 1886 by Hertz, their practical application had to await the invention of suitable generators, such as the klystron and magnetron. startxref Although microwaves were first produced and studied in 1886 by Hertz, their practical application had to await the invention of suitable generators, such as the klystron and magnetron. In the ultraviolet region, absorption of radiation is caused by electronic excitations. 0000133983 00000 n 0000003538 00000 n Many thin optical fibres can be combined into bundles to achieve image reproduction. <<3C02FBDBBACD3442A87B26FDFAC32F2F>]/Prev 225419/XRefStm 1912>> Two branches of development may be noted—namely, photothermal and photovoltaic technologies.

Virtually every object at Earth’s surface emits electromagnetic radiation primarily in the infrared region of the spectrum. There are also some other applications of heating property of microwave such as Drying, Precooking and Moisture Leveling. Carbon dioxide infrared lasers are used to induce and alter chemical reactions and in isotope separation.

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It is defined as observing the internal structure of an object by means of electromagnetic fields at microwave frequencies (300 MHz–30 GHz). Klystrons are primarily employed as amplifiers in radio relay systems and for dielectric heating, while magnetrons have been adopted for radar systems and microwave ovens. %PDF-1.4 %���� �^`I.&Y)��Fdf��8���A�!�!�ю���)��K��o�H0�1d3�c��������y2gȢV1s\�ЊA�A�A��#-��3�7&�l�~�-6e̦L�T�l��3+K-���0�0�!�ّ1���P�@��9�H�C�Hk00�p�����*s�> ��� ����;yoO�)�>a ��� ��R��+F+�T�f �h30�χ�� � O4T� Infrared radiation is strongly absorbed by water, as shown in Figure 3, and by the atmosphere. Microwave energy does not penetrate well in thicker pieces of food, and may produce uneven cooking. They produce microwave beams whose spreading angle is proportional to the ratio of the wavelength of the constituent waves to the diameter of the dish. The lens of the human eye is particularly affected by waves with a frequency of 3000 MHz, and repeated and extended exposure can result in cataracts. 0000007197 00000 n The infrared radiation energy hν emitted or absorbed by a given molecule or substance is therefore a measure of the difference of some of the internal energy states. 0000007935 00000 n 290 57 0000008671 00000 n Infrared photography of distant objects from the air takes advantage of this phenomenon. 0000106924 00000 n 0000015538 00000 n Solar cells have replaced dry-cell batteries in some portable electronic instruments, and solar energy power stations of more than 500 megawatts capacity have been built. Another type of device, the maser (acronym for “microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”) has proved useful in such areas as radio astronomy, microwave radiometry, and long-distance communications. 0000002306 00000 n 0000005479 00000 n 0000005317 00000 n E[2z��k�#$Q�,-�wӼ$�ߍ��#dq��b�����C����V��V�����]vi��:���b�E�@��0��fO->�}��h��'��Ԧ�6�F�@,�����l�f#��2��p.�.

For the same reason, infrared astronomy enables researchers to observe cosmic objects through large clouds of interstellar dust that scatter infrared radiation substantially less than visible light. Artificial sources of infrared radiation include, besides hot objects, infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers.

0000006334 00000 n 0000134281 00000 n 0000152927 00000 n Life on Earth could not exist without visible light, which represents the peak of the Sun’s spectrum and close to one-half of all of its radiant energy. Applications of Microwaves in the field of Power; A microwave passes (non-ionizing) microwave radiation (at a frequency near 2.45 GHz) through food, causing dielectric heating by absorption of energy in the water, fats and sugar contained in the food. The intensity and spectral composition of visible light can be measured and recorded by essentially any process or property that is affected by light. This is one million times larger than the energy of a photon of a television wave and one billion times larger than that of radio waves in general (see Figure 1). A system of synchronous satellites about 36,000 km above Earth is used for international broadband of all kinds of communications—e.g., television and telephone. Food safety: Food safety is an important health issue.

Vacuum-tube devices, the klystron and the magnetron, continue to be used on a wide scale, especially for higher-power applications. 0000003902 00000 n 0000003076 00000 n Powerful optically pumped infrared lasers have been developed by using carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. In a microwave oven, the rate of heating depends on the power rating of the oven and on the water content, density and amount of food being heated. Moreover, by making use of the change in frequency of the reflected wave pulse caused by the Doppler effect (see above Speed of electromagnetic radiation and the Doppler effect), one can measure the speed of objects.

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Astronomers have discovered what appears to be natural masers in some interstellar clouds.

Infrared LEDs are employed as optoisolators and as light sources in some fibre-optics-based communications systems. to 30GHZ. Radio waves and microwaves of far less power (microwatts per square centimetre) than the 10–20 milliwatts per square centimetre needed to produce heating in living tissue can have adverse effects on the electrochemical balance of the brain and the development of a fetus if these waves are modulated or pulsed at low frequencies between 5 and 100 hertz, which are of the same magnitude as brain wave frequencies. 0000001464 00000 n h�b``�b``�g`c`X�� Ȁ �@1v�5�� They also are employed in lidar systems. The energy of a photon from the centre of the visible spectrum (yellow) is hν = 2.2 eV.

For instance, window glass that is transparent to visible light absorbs infrared radiation by the vibration of its constituent atoms. Our latest podcast episode features popular TED speaker Mara Mintzer. h�bbRe`b``Ń3� ���� ��C trailer 0000002923 00000 n One can determine the distance of an airplane or ship by measuring the time it takes such a pulse to travel to the object and, after reflection, back to the radar dish antenna. 0000083191 00000 n


This part of frequency spectrum has applications in medical sciences and these are being discussed in the following two page note, the basic reason for this application is the fundamental property of Microwaves that is the energy levels are higher in microwave frequencies and the electrical properties of the material

Atmospheric haze and certain pollutants that scatter visible light are nearly transparent to parts of the infrared spectrum because the scattering efficiency increases with the fourth power of the frequency. Infrared spectroscopic techniques are often used to determine the composition and hence the origin and age of archaeological specimens and for detecting forgeries of art and other objects, which, when inspected under visible light, resemble the originals. Microwave is a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from about one meter to one millimeter; with frequencies between 300 MHz (1 m) and 300 GHz (1 mm). Infrared radiation plays an important role in heat transfer and is integral to the so-called greenhouse effect (see above The greenhouse effect of the atmosphere), influencing the thermal radiation budget of Earth on a global scale and affecting nearly all biospheric activity. 346 0 obj <>stream In photothermal devices, sunlight is used to heat a substance, as, for example, water, to produce steam with which to drive a generator. 0000152081 00000 n

0000134669 00000 n However, since water vapour, ozone, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere absorb large parts of the infrared spectrum, many infrared astronomical observations are carried out at high altitude by balloons, rockets, aircraft, or spacecraft. Glass fibres constitute an effective means of guiding and transmitting light. Such dry objects as glass and ceramics, on the other hand, are not heated in the process, and metal foils are not penetrated at all. Microwave images for medical applications are maps of the electrical property distributions in the body which have been paid close attention to for several years.

Microwave imaging has been used in a variety of applications such as: nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E, see below), medical imaging, concealed weapon detection at security check points, structural health monitoring, and through-the-wall imaging. 0000016478 00000 n A beam of light is confined by total internal reflection to travel inside such an optical fibre, whose thickness may be anywhere between one hundredth of a millimetre and a few millimetres.

Light of frequencies having absorption coefficients larger than α = 10 cm−1 cannot even reach the retina of the human eye, because its constituent liquid consists mainly of water that absorbs such frequencies of light. Medical Science: Microwave's heating properties are also used in Medical Science.