From Glossary of Meteorology


A hypothetical "body" that absorbs some constant fraction, between 0 and 1, of all electromagnetic radiation incident upon it.

This fraction is the absorptivity and is independent of wavelength. As such, a graybody represents a surface of absorptive characteristics intermediate between those of a white body and a blackbody. No such substances are known in nature.

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