Swan band

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Spectrum of the blue flame from a butane torch showing excited molecular radical band emission and Swan bands.

Swan bands are a characteristic of the spectra of carbon stars, comets and of burning hydrocarbon fuels.[1][2] They are named for the Scottish physicist William Swan who first studied the spectral analysis of radical carbon C2 in 1856.[3]

Swan bands consist of several sequences of vibrational bands scattered throughout the visible spectrum.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R.C. Johnson (1927). "The structure and origin of the Swan band spectrum of carbon". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 226 (636–646): 157–230. Bibcode:1927RSPTA.226..157J. doi:10.1098/rsta.1927.0005. 
  2. ^ W.E. Pretty (1927). "The Swan band spectrum of carbon". Proceedings of the Physical Society 40: 71–78. Bibcode:1927PPS....40...71P. doi:10.1088/0959-5309/40/1/313. 
  3. ^ W. Swan (1857). "On the prismatic spectra of the flames of compounds of carbon and hydrogen". Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 21: 411–430. 
  4. ^ Robert B. King (1948). "Relative Transition Probabilities of the Swan Bands of Carbon". Astrophysical Journal 108: 429. Bibcode:1948ApJ...108..429K. doi:10.1086/145078. 

See also[edit]