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Increase in Wavelength of an LED Immersed in Liquid Nitrogen

  1. Oct 23, 2012 #1

    I've been working on an experiment where I dip LEDs into liquid nitrogen and note the color change. All online sources I've seen predict that the wavelength of the light emitted by the LED will decrease upon immersion.
    What I've been observing, however, is a sudden decrease in wavelength followed by a definite increase in wavelength. So, for example, a yellow LED turned green-ish at first, and then rapidly changed to yellow-orange.

    I've been looking around for an explanation of why I am getting this (opposite) effect, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone have any ideas?
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  3. Oct 24, 2012 #2
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
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