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Can infrared rays cook meals like microwaves can?

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    Microwaves use an alternating magnetic field, which excites water molecules in the food because it generates a force (water has a high dipole moment). Infrared rays are basically heat waves, which would cook food in a rather different way. It simply increases the kinetic energy of the molecules through direct energy transfer, rather than indirectly through water like the microwaves do.

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