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The spectrum of bright lines, bands, or continuous radiation characteristic of and determined by a specific emitting substance subjected to a specific kind of excitation.
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(General Physics) the continuous spectrum or pattern of bright lines or bands seen when the electromagnetic radiation emitted by a substance is passed into a spectrometer. The spectrum is characteristic of the emitting substance and the type of excitation to which it is subjected. Compare absorption spectrum
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The pattern of dark lines and colors made when electromagnetic energy, such as light, passes through a substance and excites its atoms. The excited atoms give off energy in the form of light. Because each type of atom gives off light having a unique range of colors, the emission spectrum can be used to determine the substance's chemical composition.
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