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absorption peak

1. The wavelength or frequency at which a particular substance absorbs the most power (or, where the attenuation of the propagated signal is the greatest) whenever the substance is bombarded or irradiated with audio, electromagnetic, or light waves. Note: Whenever a material is thus bombarded, there is reflection, transmission through the material, and absorption within the material. In the case of air, O2 has multiple absorption peaks. See figure. 2. In optical communications media, the specific wavelength at which a particular impurity absorbs the most power, i.e., causes a maximum attenuation of propagated lightwaves. Note: Absorption by these impurities at other wavelengths is less than that of the absorption peak. Glass quartz silica, and plastics used in optical fibers, slab dielectric waveguides, optical integrated circuits (OICs), and similar media, usually display absorption peaks. Impurities that cause absorption peaks include copper, iron, nickel, chromium, manganese, and hydroxyl ions. [From Weik]

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