Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Solar Energy and Spectrum
Name: Robert K.
Status: Other
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: July 2003

Recently I became interested in solar power production. In looking into this type of energy production I became curious. If we can produce energy.

Infrared absorbing panels are already widely used. The reason that ultraviolet and shorter wavelength radiation isn't exploited is that not much reaches the surface of the earth. And to the extent that stars (the Sun) behave like "blackbodies" Planck's radiation equation predicts that the emission intensity drops of rather rapidly with decreasing wavelength.

Vince Calder

Click here to return to the Engineering Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory