Absorption edge

a discontinuity in the graph of the absorption coefficient of a substance plotted against the wavelength of x-rays being absorbed, representing the minimum energy necessary to free electrons from particular shells of the atoms of the substance.

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    able or tending to ; . Historical Examples Their clay seemed like some other kinds, which have their absorptive powers strengthened by the more they take up. The Red Acorn John McElroy Why does under-draining increase the absorptive power of the soil? The Elements of Agriculture George E. Waring Considering epithelium from the point of […]

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