Ultraviolet Radiation

UV is the acronym for Ultraviolet Radiation.

Ultraviolet radiation. It is a type of electromagnetic radiation that has a shorter wavelength and higher energy than visible light. UV radiation is naturally produced by the sun and is also artificially produced by some sources such as black lights, tanning beds, and UV lamps.

UV radiation is divided into three categories based on its wavelength:

  • UVA (320-400 nm)
  • UVB (280-320 nm)
  • UVC (100-280 nm)

UVA and UVB radiation can penetrate the skin and cause skin damage, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. UVC radiation is more harmful and can cause damage to the DNA in cells, but it is mostly absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere and does not reach the surface.

UV radiation has several practical applications, such as sterilization, tanning, and curing of materials. However, it is important to limit exposure to UV radiation to protect our skin and eyes from harm.

  • Abbreviation: UV

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