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Figure 3: Comparison of the spectra of the sun on the surface of the Earth at sea level and of a water-filtered infrared-A radiator

Spectral solar irradiance on the surface of the Earth at sea level (with the sun at the zenith and for a mean Earth-sun distance) as in Fig. 1 (from [1], adapted from [58]) and spectral irradiance of a water-filtered infrared-A radiator (Hydrosun radiator 501 with 10 mm water cuvette and orange filter OG590) at approximately 210 mW/cm (= 2.1 10 W/m) total irradiance (from [1], [4]).

The spectrum of the sun at sea level includes ultraviolet radiation (UV, <400 nm), visible light (VIS, 380–780 nm), and infrared radiation (IR, >780 nm). The spectrum of the water-filtered infrared-A radiator includes only visible light (VIS) and infrared radiation (IR); the visible part depends on the color filter used; the wIRA radiator does not emit ultraviolet radiation (UV).

Both spectra show the decreased irradiances of the absorption bands of water.