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Ultraviolet Light References

The following is a list of readily available reference materials discussing the ultraviolet light and its ability to sterilize. It is not intended to be a complete list of references.

Available in the Public Library:

Volume 12, page 118

Ultraviolet radiation…because of its bactericidal capabilities at wavelengths of 260 – 280 nm, UV is useful as both a research tool and a sterilizing technique.

Encyclopedia Americana
Deluxe Library Edition 1993
Volume 27, page 353d

A very important attribute of UV rays…is their ability to kill bacteria. For this reason UV lamps are used in hospital operating theaters, children’s nurseries, and in several manufacturing processes where sterile air is necessary.

McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Volume 19, pages 20, 21, 22

Discussion of Ultraviolet radiation, with charts showing UV’s ability to sterilize.

The World Book Encyclopedia
1997 Edition
Volume 20, page 17

Uses of ultraviolet rays

Ultraviolet rays with wavelengths shorter than 300 nm are effective in killing bacteria and viruses. Hospitals use germicidal lamps that produce these short rays to sterilize surgical instruments, water, and the air in operating rooms. Many food and drug companies use germicidal lamps to disinfect various types of products and their containers.
Physicians once used sun lamps that produce these rays to treat rickets…the lamps are used today to treat some skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis.


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