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ELECTRON CONFIGURATIONS 1.1 Radiant Energy
We’ve brieﬂy discussed radiant energy and mentioned some examples such
as sunlight, γ -rays, and X -rays. Radiant Energy behaves in some ways like
waves and in some ways like particles.
Here, we’ll talk about the wave nature of radiant energy. We refer to radiant
energy as electromagnetic (E&M) radiation because it consists of waves
carrying electric and magnetic ﬁelds with them. Associated with each wave
is an electric ﬁeld (E-ﬁeld) and a magnetic ﬁeld (B-ﬁeld) which are at right
angles to each other and to the direction of propagation:
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1.1.2 Electromagnetic Spectrum 1 ...
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