angstrom

angstrom ăng´strəm [key], abbr. Å, unit of length equal to 10 −10 meter (0.0000000001 meter) it is used to measure the wavelengths of visible light and of other forms of electromagnetic radiation , such as ultraviolet radiation and X rays. Scientists now prefer to use the nanometer (nm) 1 nm=10 Å. The angstrom is named in honor of Swedish physicist Anders J. Ångström.

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