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characteristic radiation

 

Definition: monochromatic radiation that is produced when an electron is ejected from an atom and another takes its place by jumping from another shell; the energy of the emitted photon is the difference between that of the two shell positions.

See: photoelectric effect

Synonym(s): characteristic emission

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