A new approach to spectroscopy

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A new approach to spectroscopy

#1  Postby Calilasseia » Mar 28, 2023 4:22 pm

Now here's a fun idea I've just been introduced to.

Take the emission spectra produced by the chemical elements, convert them into sound waveforms, and listen to the resulting sounds.

Now the individual who came up with this idea, did so originally to develop a teaching tool for classrooms, but it transpires that as well as being a fun pursuit to share with kids, it could make life easier for professionals as well.

Andone who has had to work with spectra involving transition elements, knows that these are a pain to separate from, say, an astronomical light source. The spectra in question have hundreds of emission lines, look similar to each other at first glance, and if you have several of the elements in question to separate, enough of those lines could overlap to make life tedious.

Well, it transpires that this sonifying process could come to our aid, and make it easier to separate out the spectra. It transpires that the sounds they produce are noticeably different.

An instance where a spot of whimsy turns out to be surprisingly useful. :)
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#2  Postby The_Metatron » Mar 29, 2023 1:55 am

One of the coolest things I’ve ever heard.

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