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radio waves

electromagnetic spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum. Credit: CSIRO Australia.


Radio waves are electromagnetic radiation of wavelengths longer than about 1 millimeter (corresponding to a frequency of 30 GHz). The shortest radio waves, from about 1 mm to 30 cm, are known as microwaves; the longest detected are about 30 m long (10 MHz) but, in theory, could have a wavelength of 1 km or more.