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Old 09-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #1090 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Occasionally6 View Post
If I recall physics correctly, once the radiant heat energy has been absorbed (it is held in the molecule as a bond vibration that is characteristic of the particular frequency of radiation absorbed) it may, instead, be transferred to another molecule as sensible heat - molecule kinetic energy - through intermolecular collisions.
The energy can also be radiated off at a different frequency dependent on the temperature and emission spectrum of the molecule or atom.