## What is the Beer-Lambert Law?

The Beer-Lambert law, known by various names such as the Lambert-Beer law, Beer-Lambert–Bouguer law or the Beer’s law states the following:

For a given material, the sample path length and concentration of the sample are directly proportional to the absorbance of the light.

### Various Names for Beer-Lambert Law

The Beer-Lambert law is known by so many names because more than one law is involved.

- In 1729, Pierre Bouguer discovered the law.
- Later, in 1760, Johann Heinrich Lambert quoted Bouger’s discovery saying that the absorbance of a sample is directly proportional to the path length of light. Although Lambert dint claim the discovery, he was often credited with it.
- In 1852, August Beer discovered a related law which stated that the absorbance is proportional to the concentration of the sample.

What is Beer’s Law?
Beer law states that concentration and absorbance are directly proportional to each other and it was stated by August Beer.
Lambert law states that absorbance and path length are directly proportional and it was stated by Johann Heinrich Lambert. |

## Beer-Lambert Law Equation

The Beer-Lambert law equation is as follows:

\(\large I=I_{0}e^{-\mu (x)}\) |

Where,

*I* is the intensity

*I _{0}* is the initial intensity

*μ* is the coefficient of absorption

*x* is the depth in meter

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### Beer-Lambert Law Applications

This law finds applications in various fields such as:

**Analytical chemistry:**This analysis mainly concentrates on the separation, quantification, and identification of matter by spectrophotometry. There is no involvement of extensive pre-processing of the sample to get the results. For example, bilirubin count in a blood sample can be determined by using a spectrophotometer.**In atmosphere:**Solar or stellar radiation in the atmosphere can be described using this law. The law in atmospheric applications has a modified equation: \(\large T=e^{-m(T_{a}+T_{g}+T_{RS}+T_{NO2}+T_{w}+T_{O3}+T_{r}+..)}\)Where,

a is the aerosols

g is the mixed gases

RS is the Raman scattering effects

NO

_{2}is Nitrogen dioxidew is the water vapour absorption

O

_{3}is Ozoner is Rayleigh scattering

### Beer-Lambert Law Limitations

Using this law it becomes easy to study the absorptivity coefficient of the sample when the concentration is low ie; <10mM but as the concentration becomes high ie; >10mM there is a deviation as the electrostatic interactions become more.

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## Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

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