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synthetic spectrum

(simulated spectrum, e.g., of a type of star)

A synthetic spectrum is a spectrum created by a model, e.g., a model of a stellar photosphere. Spectra can be synthesized for other objects, e.g., galaxies, clouds of a type of interest, and objects within particular environments. Such a spectrum is produced to try to match with observed spectra of objects, to deduce characteristics of the object. Such spectra can also be used in synthetic photometry.

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