Light Science pp 129-150 | Cite as

Light Sources

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Sources of light may be natural, such as sunlight or skylight, or artificial, such as light from incandescent or gas-discharge lamps. The way in which energy is distributed with wavelength determines the color of the light and, consequently, the color of objects seen under the light. Photographers know that the color response of the film they use must be matched to the type of light used to illuminate the object.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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