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Textbook Problem

Observers at a safe distance from atmospheric test of a nuclear bomb feel its heat but receive none of its copious x rays. Why is air opaque to x rays but transparent to infrared?

To determine

Why is air opaque to x rays but transparent to infrared?

Explanation

Given Data:

Given that observers at a safe distance from an atmospheric test of a nuclear bomb feels its heat but receive none of its copious x rays

Formula Used:

Wavelength of x-rays photons is given as

λ=hcE

Whereλ= Wavelength of x rays

h= Planck's constant

c= Speed of light

E= Energy of x rays

Calculation:

The energy of x-rays are high making them high frequency waves, which results in smaller wavelength and large wave number

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