# How can electromagnetic waves be detected?

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To detect the electric fields, use a conducting rod. The fields cause charges (generally electrons) to accelerate back and forth on the rod, creating a potential difference that oscillates at the frequency of the EM wave and with an amplitude proportional to the amplitude of the wave.

## Which electromagnetic waves are visible?

The Visible Spectrum

White light is visible light, and it contains all the colors of the rainbow, from red to violet. The range of visible wavelengths is 400 to 700 nanometers. Ultraviolet light is the radiation from the sun that causes a sunburn when you have been outside too long on a sunny day.

## How do we know that electromagnetic waves can travel in a vacuum?

Electromagnetic waves differ from mechanical waves in that they do not require a medium to propagate. This means that electromagnetic waves can travel not only through air and solid materials, but also through the vacuum of space.

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## What are the 7 electromagnetic waves in order?

This range is known as the electromagnetic spectrum. The EM spectrum is generally divided into seven regions, in order of decreasing wavelength and increasing energy and frequency. The common designations are: radio waves, microwaves, infrared (IR), visible light, ultraviolet (UV), X-rays and gamma rays.

## Why electromagnetic wave can travel in vacuum?

An EM wave can travel without a material medium—that is, in a vacuum or space empty of matter—and does not lose energy as it moves. In theory, an EM wave can travel forever. Because they do not need a medium, EM waves can pass through outer space, which is a near vacuum.

## How fast do electromagnetic waves travel?

Electromagnetic radiation is a type of energy that is commonly known as light. Generally speaking, we say that light travels in waves, and all electromagnetic radiation travels at the same speed which is about 3.0 * 108 meters per second through a vacuum.

## Do electromagnetic waves change speed?

Electromagnetic waves travel more slowly through a medium, and their speed may vary from one medium to another. For example, light travels more slowly through water than it does through air (see Figure below).

Gamma rays

## What type of electromagnetic waves have the least energy?

Radio waves have photons with the lowest energies. Microwaves have a little more energy than radio waves. Infrared has still more, followed by visible, ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays.

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## What are the uses of the 7 electromagnetic waves?

Behaviour and uses of electromagnetic waves

• Microwaves. Microwaves are used for cooking food and for satellite communications. …
• Infrared. …
• Visible light. …