Chapter 1. Sources of Color
Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition
How to Cite
Kuehni, R. G. (2004) Sources of Color, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471687448.ch1
- Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
- Published Print: 8 OCT 2004
Print ISBN: 9780471660064
Online ISBN: 9780471687443
- color temperature;
- blackbody radiation;
In this chapter the major sources of color stimuli are presented. In general color experiences are based on light stimuli, most often the result of incandescence. Color stimuli are usually the result of physical modification of light from a broadband source, such as the sun. There are several processes behind such modifications, for example absorption, transmission, scattering, reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction.
More specific causes of light absorption are mentioned, such as molecular orbitals, crystal fields, semi-conductors, and lasers.