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Region of the electromagnetic spectrum extending from 780 nm to about 20 000 nm.
According to the CIE, the range between 780 nm and 1 mm is subdivided into:
IR-A 7801400 nm
IR-B 1.43 µm
IR-C 3 µm1 mm
This is the wavelength region in which absorption by a molecular entity causes excitation of its vibrational, rotational, and bending modes.
PAC, 2007, 79, 293 (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry, 3rd edition (IUPAC Recommendations 2006)) on page 354
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