Emission Spectra

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This is a simulation of the light emitted by excited gas atoms of particular elements. In some sense, these are atomic fingerprints. Note that the lines shown are the brightest lines in a spectrum - you may be able to see additional lines if you look at the spectrum from a real gas tube. In addition, the observed color could be a bit different from what is shown here. The visible spectrum is always shown as a reference.

Simulation first posted on 2-8-2017. Written by Andrew Duffy

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This simulation can be found in the collection at http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/classroom.html.

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