The visible spectrum (or sometimes called the optical spectrum) is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation in this range of wavelengths is called visible light or simply light.
A typical human eye will react to wavelengths in air from about 380 to 750 nm.
The familiar colors of the rainbow in the spectrum include all those colors that can be produced by visible light of a single wavelength only, the pure spectral or monochromatic colors.
But there are no clear boundaries between one color and the next.
Color display spectrumEdit
|violet||380–450 nm||668–789 THz||2.75–3.26 eV|
|blue||450–495 nm||606–668 THz||2.50–2.75 eV|
|green||495–570 nm||526–606 THz||2.17–2.50 eV|
|yellow||570–590 nm||508–526 THz||2.10–2.17 eV|
|orange||590–620 nm||484–508 THz||2.00–2.10 eV|
|red||620–750 nm||400–484 THz||1.65–2.00 eV|
Color displays (e.g., computer monitors or televisions) mix red, green, and blue color to approximate the color spectrum. In the illustration, the narrow red, green and blue bars show the relative mixture of these three colors used to produce the color directly above.
- ↑ 053446226XCecie Starr (2005). Biology: Concepts and Applications. Thomson Brooks/Cole. ISBN 9780534462239.
- ↑ Thomas J. Bruno, Paris D. N. Svoronos. CRC Handbook of Fundamental Spectroscopic Correlation Charts. CRC Press, 2005.