2. Nature of Solar Radiation

  1. C. Julian Chen

Published Online: 11 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch2

Physics of Solar Energy

Physics of Solar Energy

How to Cite

Chen, C. J. (2011) Nature of Solar Radiation, in Physics of Solar Energy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118172841.ch2

Author Information

  1. Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470647806

Online ISBN: 9781118172841



  • nature of solar radiation - solar energy to Earth as radiation, components in visible, near infrared and near ultraviolet;
  • light as electromagnetic waves;
  • motion of electron, in magnetic fields - radiation field—electric and magnetic fields, varying with time;
  • blackbody radiation - emitting maximum amount of radiation at a given temperature;
  • Einstein's derivation of blackbody formula - photons, interaction of photons with matter


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Light as Electromagnetic Waves

  • Optics of Thin Films

  • Blackbody Radiation

  • Photoelectric Effect and Concept of Photons

  • Einstein's Derivation of Blackbody Formula

  • Problems