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Re: [Phys-l] electrons and light

On Sep 28, 2006, at 6:13 PM, adrian sears wrote:

Do elements containing more electrons emit light of
greater intensity because more electrons are excited.

Many elements with very different numbers of electrons per atom emit nearly as much light, at the same temperature, as an ideal black body radiator. On that basis I would say that the number electrons per atom is not an important parameter. The main parameter is temperature.

Ludwik Kowalski
Let the perfect not be the enemy of the good.