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The infrared radiation emitted by electrons entering or exiting a storage ring bending magnet, which is termed ‘‘edge’’ radiation, is computed. The numerical results are in agreement with experimental observations at a wavelength of 1 μm. A comparison is made with the infrared synchrotron radiation emitted from the central region of a bending magnet for wavelengths of 1 μm–1000 μm. The flux of the edge radiation is lower than that of the synchrotron radiation for the shorter wavelengths studied, and greater for the longer wavelengths. However, the brightness of the edge radiation is higher for all of the wavelengths studied. This suggests that edge radiation may be a promising infrared radiation source. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.