Ultraviolet (250-550nm) absorption spectrum of pure water. Academic Article uri icon


  • Data for the spectral light absorption of pure water from 250 to 550 nm have been obtained using an integrating cavity made from a newly developed diffuse reflector with a very high UV reflectivity. The data provide the first scattering-independent measurements of absorption coefficients in the spectral gap between well-established literature values for the absorption coefficients in the visible (>400nm) and UV (<200nm). A minimum in the absorption coefficient has been observed in the UV at 344 nm; the value is 0.0008110.000227m-1.

published proceedings

  • Appl Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Mason, J. D., Cone, M. T., & Fry, E. S.

citation count

  • 77

complete list of authors

  • Mason, John D||Cone, Michael T||Fry, Edward S

publication date

  • September 2016