Worksheet: Spectral Line Widths
In this worksheet, we will practice measuring the full-width-half-maximum of a spectral line and determining the effect of noise and background profile.
Why are the peaks in a UV–Vis spectrum broad?
- AThey represent a Boltzmann distribution, where some molecules become excited before others.
- BThe detectors cannot differentiate specific wavelengths but rather give a range of possible wavelengths.
- CThe vibrational and rotational transitions are superimposed on the electronic transitions.
- DElectronic transitions occur slowly with respect to the instrumental time scale.