What is the difference between the continuous spectrum of white light and the atomic emission spectrum of an element?

1 Answer
Nov 8, 2015

Elements emit light at specific energy levels/ wavelengths.


Depending on the element, when the valence electrons are excited they are emitted at specific energy levels according to the electron configuration of the element. This is a quantized energy and directly relates to the wavelength of the light emitted. Therefore, each element has its own unique emission spectra