electromagnetic wave

Definitions of electromagnetic wave
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n radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge

Synonyms:
electromagnetic radiation, nonparticulate radiation
Types:
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actinic radiation, actinic ray
electromagnetic radiation that can produce photochemical reactions
beam, electron beam, ray
a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
black-body radiation, blackbody radiation
the electromagnetic radiation that would be radiated from an ideal black body; the distribution of energy in the radiated spectrum of a black body depends only on temperature and is determined by Planck's radiation law
Hertzian wave
an electromagnetic wave generated by oscillations in an electric circuit
gamma radiation, gamma ray
electromagnetic radiation emitted during radioactive decay and having an extremely short wavelength
line
a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
microwave
a short electromagnetic wave (longer than infrared but shorter than radio waves); used for radar and microwave ovens and for transmitting telephone, facsimile, video and data
radio emission, radio radiation, radio wave
an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 0.5 cm to 30,000 m
X ray, X-radiation, X-ray, roentgen ray
electromagnetic radiation of short wavelength produced when high-speed electrons strike a solid target
cathode ray
a beam of electrons emitted by the cathode of an electrical discharge tube
infrared, infrared emission, infrared light, infrared radiation
electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than visible light but shorter than radio waves
light, visible light, visible radiation
(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
particle beam
a collimated flow of particles (atoms or electrons or molecules)
sky wave
a radio wave that is reflected back to earth by the ionosphere or a communications satellite; permits transmission around the curve of the earth's surface
ground wave
a radio wave propagated on or near the earth's surface
radio signal
a radio wave used to transmit and receive messages
carrier, carrier wave
a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
short wave
a radio wave with a wavelength less than 100 meters (a frequency greater than 3 megahertz)
medium wave
a radio wave with a wavelength between 100 and 1000 meters (a frequency between 300 kilohertz and 3000 kilohertz)
long wave
a radio wave with a wavelength longer than a kilometer (a frequency below 300 kilohertz)
UV, ultraviolet, ultraviolet illumination, ultraviolet light, ultraviolet radiation
radiation lying in the ultraviolet range; wave lengths shorter than light but longer than X rays
Type of:
radiation
energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles

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