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ultraviolet radiation

UV radiation


optical radiation for which the wavelengths are shorter than those for visible radiation

Note 1 to entry: The range between 100 nm and 400 nm is commonly subdivided into:
UV-A: 315 nm to 400 nm;
UV-B: 280 nm to 315 nm;
UV-C: 100 nm to 280 nm.

Note 2 to entry: A precise border between "ultraviolet radiation" and "visible radiation" cannot be defined, because visual sensation at wavelengths shorter than 400 nm is noted for very bright sources.

Note 3 to entry: In some applications the ultraviolet spectrum has also been divided into "far," "vacuum," and "near" ultraviolet; however, the borders necessarily vary with the application (e.g. in meteorology, optical design, photochemistry, thermal physics).

Note 4 to entry: This entry was numbered 845-01-05 in IEC 60050-845:1987.

Note 5 to entry: This entry was numbered 17-1367, 17-1389 and 17-1388 in CIE S 017:2011.

Publication date: 2020-12
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