The temperature-dependant emission of electromagnetic waves. Combine this tag with [tag:thermodynamics] for a macroscopic view or [tag:quantum-mechanics] for a microscopic explanation.

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Gas vs electric cooking

I've heard it said many times that you're more likely to burn food on an electric stove than a gas one, but I can't tell a difference. This seems to me to be a fallacy perpetuated by the natural gas ...
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photoelectric cell

In the photoelectric cell my teacher says that the electron emission from the cathode depends on the frequency of the incident photon and it doesn't depend on the light intensity (I = nhU/ta , Right?) ...
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Black body radiation curve [closed]

In the black body radiation curve, why is the wavelength directly proportional with the intensity before the peak and inversely proportional after the peak.
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Is a black hole a perfect black body?

A black body absorbs all light/radiation in its reach. According to basic laws of physics, the more energy a body absorbs the more it can emit. Therefore, a black body absorbs all energy directed at ...
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How does heat energy travel in space?

How does the heat energy from the Sun reach us on the Earth? Since the kinetic energy of an atom is the amount of heat energy and there is no matter in space, how does heat from the Sun reach us?
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Wien's Displacement Law for real bodies

It is known that for perfect blackbodies, $$\lambda T= c$$ where $\lambda= \text{peak wavelength}$ $T= \text{Absolute temperature}$ $c= \text{Wien's constant}$ ...
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The origin of the colour of the sun

I have learned so many concepts under astrophysics and unfortunately, I have muddled everything together... Let me try to illustrate my problem: When a star is in main sequence, it fuses hydrogen to ...
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Radiation heat transfer

I'm looking at the radiosity equations for heat transfer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiosity_(heat_transfer)#Radiosity_method Specifically, I'm hesitant to accept the equation: $$ \dot Q_i = ...
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Heating a black body

By definition, Black body has absotivity=emmisstivity=1. This means the black body radiates all energy it accepts. Does this mean the black body cant be heated?
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Black body radiation

I have a few questions related to the emission of electromagnetic radiation by black bodies. Consider the following image: On the above image I have drawn the rays of light that are emmited by ...
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Thermography time evolution

I have an imaging problem. I essentially have a metallic plate with a number of holes through it. I am looking at the number of holes with a thermal camera. While looking at the plate I have two ...
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Leap from photon gas energy distribution to black body radiation?

I remember considering in class in college, the case of a photon gas trapped in a d-dimensional box as a subject of interest, whose energy distribution, heat capacity, etc. should be calculated. ...
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Radiation pressure at high temperature

I am reading a book on the history of the hydrogen bomb. The author describes the Teller-Ulam design and explains that the liquid deuterium charge was compressed by the radiation pressure generated by ...
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Why is spectrum obtained by sunlight, said to be continuous?

My sir spoke about atomic spectra today. Sir said that, unlike the spectrum obtained by analyzing the sunlight, the spectra of atoms are not continuous. I got a doubt here, i,e even the sunlight ...
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Which color of an umbrella is more effective against sunlight?

It's usually said that black umbrellas are best against sun, since black absorbs most of the radiation . The common umbrellas in market(atleast in India) are painted black outside and silvery inside. ...
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Why don't the derivatives of the blackbody spectrum over frequency and wavelength match?

The question is: The radiation emitted by a black body can be represented either by the energy distribution over the wavelength or by that over the frequency. In the first case the maximum energy ...
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Refrigerator cooling power usage

I have a refrigerator, that makes a lot of noise, and we have therefore set a time on it will limit the run time to when we are not at the office. But this is where our discussion begins, should we ...
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Why doesn't diamond glow when hot?

In an answer to this SE question, the respondent explains that heating a perfect diamond will not cause it to glow with thermal blackbody radiation. I don't quite follow his explanation. I think it ...
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Is “dark clothes for winter, light for summer” relevant?

We are told to wear light clothes in summer as they are better at reflecting sunshine and keeping us cool. And dark clothes absorb sunshine and keep us warm. But is it really relavent? If I buy ...
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Radiation and absorption

Can thermal radiation from a cooler object (B, which emits longer wavelength radiation) ever ADD to the overall thermal energy level of a warmer object (A, which emits shorter wavelength radiation)? ...
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What would Planck's Radiation Law look like if there were only two modes of oscillation, $n = 0, 1$?

I have an idea that the law (since it's based on average energy, number of modes per volume, and a constant) would be shortened to something that would eliminate the summation terms in average energy. ...
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How to derive Stefan constant from Planck's Blackbody radiation?

How to derive Stefan constant from Planck's Blackbody radiation? Consider the following expression relating to blackbody radiation: $$\phi(\lambda) d\lambda= E({\lambda}) \, ...
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Quantum physics and black body

I'm a high school student, I just read something about black body. So I wanna know if I understand it correctly that black body is an ideal perfect absorber and emitter in sense that a normal object, ...
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Wien's displacement law in frequency domain [duplicate]

When I tried to derive the Wien's displacement law I used Planck's law for blackbody radiation: $I_\nu = \frac{8 \pi \nu^2}{c^3} \frac{h \nu}{e^{h\nu/k_bT}-1}$ Asking for maximum: $\frac{dI_\nu}{d ...
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Black bodies, energy per unit volume

While reading about black bodies, I found that the average energy per mode per unit volume is $KT$ classically, but I don't understand why this is per unit volume. The linear oscillators are ...
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A problem concerning the change of temperature and spectrum of a filament

The spectrum of a filament has been given before, the left one having the lowest temperature, the middle with a medium temperature and the right one with the highest. My question is this: Why does ...
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At the atomic level, is heat conduction simply radiation?

Radiation and conduction are two ways that heat is transferred. Convection isn't really a mode of transfer as the actual heat transfer really occurs through radiation/conduction and not by some other ...
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Temperature of thermally isolated space region

If we thermally isolate a region in space, say using a hypothetical material of $0$ conductivity, and measure the region's temperature, will it be 2.7K?
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Thermodynamics of thermometer

Mercury is used in thermometers because it increases in length significantly due to rise in temperature, However, mercury has high density relative to water, which means more inter-molecular forces ...
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How would a physicist measure temperature of molten metals in 1850-1920s?

How would a physicist measure temperature of molten metals in 1850-1920s? What equipment would be used?
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Photon number conservation during scattering

I was reading this writeup on the Kompaneets equation and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. On page 3, section 2 the author states There is no way to increase the mean energy of a planckian ...
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Temperature of relic radiation and thermal equilibrium

The temperature or relic radiation is 2.7 K. Does it mean that any flying body sufficiently far from any stars will reach this temperature? As I understand it, you can warm up water with sufficient ...
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Radiation pressure thermodynamic paradox

Could the radiation pressure of a black body (theoretically) perform work on the perfectly reflecting apparatus in the figure below? Assume that the block does not hinder the passage of light through ...
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Radiative cooling time for a black body

Okay, so this is confusing me a bit. How can I calculate the time it takes to cool a perfect black body from an initial temperature $T$ down to equilibrium temperature (say, 3 K for space)? I know ...
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Planck's distribution and Bose-Einstein distribution?

If the application of the Bose-Einstein distribution is in blackbody radiation, then what is Planck's distribution? Are they same? How did Planck know that he should use a Bose-Einstein distribution ...
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What is “number degrees of freedom for frequency ν”. Frequency is 1D right?

The book QM Demystified states this about black body radiation spectrum: An attempt to explain these results using classical theory was codified in the Rayleigh-Jeans formula, which is an ...
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What's the relationship between the energy density of a black-body and its radiant exitance?

Through a bit calculation we can derive that in a cavity, the energy density $$u(f,T)=\overline{E(f)}\times G(f)=\frac{8\pi h}{c^3}\frac{f^3}{e^{h\nu /kT}-1}$$ If we take the integral over all ...
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Does coffee with cream cool slower than black coffee?

At Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold states that "Coffee with cream cools about 20% slower than black coffee". He then gives three reasons, two of them related to radiation and the third one to the ...
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All objects radiate energy, but we cannot see all objects in the dark. Why?

We claim that all objects radiate energy by virtue of their temperature and yet we cannot see all objects in the dark. Why not?
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Energy loss of Earth

How does the Earth lose the energy that it gains from the sun's radiation if it is surrounded by - and in contact with - nothing?
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Graphene as optical and UV mirrors

One usually hears about graphene as a good thermal conductor, and good light absorber due to its tunable bandgap properties. But i haven't heard about its aplicability as an optical mirror. In fact, ...
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Continous spectrum of black body radiation [duplicate]

I am wondering why black body emission spectrum is continous. Assuming only quantum effects that is electrones falling to less energetic orbitals it should be discrete. Is the continous part emerging ...
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Filament in a lightbulb, thermal radiation

I'm trying the following: The filament inside a 100 W lightbulb has an absorption coefficient of 0.25, and while operating, it is at a temperature of 2,573 K. What's the size of the surface of the ...
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Planck's Law-Where does it come from?

It seems that Planck's constant was made from fitting a curve for blackbody radiation, is it just experimental-further more his assumption that energy comes in quanta seems to have been a guess. Why ...
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Kirchhoff law of thermal radiation

Kirchhoff's law of thermal radiation states that for thermal equilibrium for a particular surface the monochromatic emissivity $\epsilon_{\lambda}$ equals the monochromatic absorptivity ...
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Do green stars exists?

I asked a university lecturer why we don't observe green stars, and he said the blackbody curve averages at that frequency such that the cones in our eyes don't recognise it. I have a hunch that ...
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Study of Black-body Radiation

Why did scientists study black body radiations from something as complicated as a hollow container rather than the radiation from something simple like a thin solid cylinder?
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Why the cavity radiation has the form of standing waves?

I'm reading about the cavity radiation in the context of blackbody theory. I'm asking myself: WHY do we describe this radiation by the use of standing waves? Why can't they be not-standing, maybe ...
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Intensifying a light source using black body concept

Is it possible to intensify light by initially passing it through an apparatus like a perfectly black body and then through a colloidal solution? What kind of material can be used inside the ...
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Why do dark objects radiate thermal electromagnetic energy faster than light objects?

Kirchhoff's law of thermal radiation says that: For a body of any arbitrary material, emitting and absorbing thermal electromagnetic radiation at every wavelength in thermodynamic equilibrium, ...