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Light that we can see (“visible light”, “VIS”) is a small part of a spectrum of a thing called “electromagnetic radiation”, distinguished by something we call “wavelength”.
As the wavelength varies in the visible spectrum, the light appearantly changes color from violet to red.

image of Frauhofer-Lines

There are no actual boundaries between one range of wavelengths and another. So numbers associated with a certain range are only approximate.

If we explore the spectrum from long wavelengths to shorter wavelengths, we meet :

  • “radio waves” : regular broadcast wavelengths are for example 500 meters long, but even longer radio waves exist
  • “short waves” :  (“Radar waves”, “Millimeter waves”)
  • “infrared”
  • “visible light”
  • “ultraviolet light”
  • soft x-rays
  • x-rays
  • hard x-rays
  • gamma rays

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