action spectrum
A plot of a relative biological or chemical photoresponse (= \(\Delta y\)) per number of incident photons against @W06659@ or energy of radiation under the same @R05046@ of light. This form of presentation is frequently used in the studies of biological or solid state systems, where the nature of the absorbing species is unknown. This type of action spectrum is sometimes called @S05829@ or sensitivity spectrum. The precise action spectrum is a plot of the @S05814@. By contrast, a plot of the biological or chemical change or response per absorbed photon (@Q04988@) versus @W06659@ is the @E01908@.
See also:
excitation spectrum
efficiency spectrum
PAC, 1996, 68, 2223. (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 2227 [Terms] [Paper]