37In an absorption spectrum diagram, a non-absorbing substance results in a straight line at the 100% mark. Compounds absorbing specific wavelengths of light will produce low “dips” in the graph at those wavelength values, showing how less light (of those wavelengths) is able to pass un-absorbed through the sample to be detected at the other end. By contrast emission spectra are usually plotted with the characteristic wavelengths shown as high “peaks” in a graph that normally resides at 0%.