Image illustrates different wavelengths with creatures and objects in the ocean
It can be difficult in our everyday lives to appreciate the extraordinary range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. Electromagnetic radiation—from radio waves to visible light to x-rays—rises and falls as it travels through space, like waves rippling across the ocean.
The length of these waves—measured from peak to peak or valley to valley—helps define their properties and potential uses.
This infographic uses ocean creatures and objects to express these different wavelengths, which can actually stretch to sizes both larger and smaller than this image conveys. Many of these objects, including the 30-meter blue whale or the 2-centimeter pygmy seahorse, can be easily seen with the naked eye.
But scientists and students must use microscopes and similar devices to see the objects in the middle of the spectrum, including algae and viruses. At the right end of the spectrum, however, much more sophisticated instruments are required.
Brookhaven Lab specializes in exploring materials on the nanoscale, spanning just billionths of a meter. To reveal structural details the size of DNA, we use powerful x-rays produced at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, precise electron microscopes at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and a host of other sensitive instruments and techniques.
Investigating materials at that scale—from lithium-ion batteries to cell-building proteins—allows fundamental discoveries that can revolutionize our understanding of biology, energy technology, and even the cosmos.
In fact, Brookhaven Lab scientists use the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider to explore subatomic phenomena spanning just millionths of a billionth of a meter—too small to fit onto this graphic of the electromagnetic spectrum produced by Media & Communications and Creative Resources' designer Tiffany Bowman and science writer Justin Eure, in collaboration with our researchers.
Grab the full, poster-size image on Brookhaven's Flickr.
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