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Resolving Power

Resolving power, R, is a measure of the ability of a spectrometer to separate two close wavelengths and is defined by

[R=l/dl]

where l is the average of the two wavelengths and Dl is the difference between the two wavelengths. The higher R the better the resolving power. The resolving power is the inverse of chromatic resolution.