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Molecules can absorb different frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. When an absorption occurs, the molecule undergoes a change in a specific energy state depending on the frequency of the electromagnetic radiation.

Absorption of microwave radiation corresponds to changes in
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states.
Absorption of ultraviolet-visible radiation corresponds to changes in
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states.
Absorption​ of infrared radiation corresponds to changes in
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states.
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