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Offline memoryerase1

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Why are some elements transparent like glass?
« on: 07/01/2016 22:12:45 »
.... water, and gas allow transmission of light, but some other elements do not allow transmission, and electrons absorb light.
An amorphous solid is any noncrystalline solid in which the atoms and molecules are not organized in a definite lattice pattern.
So because the atoms in glass, water, and gas are not organized in a definite lattice pattern does this allow the light to pass through without getting absorbed by electrons.
but some of the electrons do absorb the light correct, or not.
So in theory if a solid cubic four inch block of carbon had a noncrystalline network of atoms would light pass through the solid block of carbon.
But a cubic four inch element if its glass, or carbon that both have a noncrystalline network of atoms should both be transparent, but why are they not.
The only difference I see is that the electrons in the four inch cubed carbon absorb light more than the four inch cubed glass, but why if they are both noncrystalline.
Thank you for your help, anything helps even if it is a few words.
« Last Edit: 08/01/2016 07:34:30 by chris »


 

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Re: Why are some elements transparent like glass?
« Reply #2 on: 09/01/2016 17:58:00 »
They're insulators.
 

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