Emission spectrum scarves

Above is one of the nifty atomic emission spectrum scarves made by Becky Stern. An emission spectrum is the pattern of light colours produced by heated atoms, and the emission spectra of different chemical elements act as a kind of visual “fingerprint.” There’s something wonderfully geeky about putting one on a scarf – and they look great too.

Becky Stern no longer seems to sell these scarves, but has posted patterns for making your own. More pictures here.

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