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I submitted this question before and was referred to two other questions that came close to asking what I already have but without an answer as detailed as I am asking. My original question was: How do atoms of an object absorb or reflect photons/light to give color? At a sub-atomic level, why/how do the atoms that make up objects cause the photons that 'hit' them to either be absorbed or reflected making it possible for the objects to appear as a color? ....shortened due to word limit request... The answers to the other questions basically explained that certain molecules reflect or absorb different wavelenghts of light. I know that. What I want to know is....WHY? At an atomic level, what happens to a photon(s) that causes it to either be absorbed or reflected by different atoms of different molecules? In one of the other answers, I understand now that shapes of molecules can have an effect, referring to certain butterfly wings, etc., but I would like to disclude this particular phenomena from my question. Thank you.
Re: How do atoms of an object absorb or reflect photons/light to give color?
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