1,320 nm


Solid state

1,450 nm


Solid state

1,540 nm


Solid state

2,940 nm

Carbon dioxide


10,600 nm

Fig. 1.2. Absorption of energy has briefly stimulated the outer electron into an unstable, but higher energy orbit.

Fig. 1.3. The stimulated electron rapidly drops back to its normal orbit and assumes a stable configuration

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