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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What does a blackbody sound like?

Update: According to this wikipedia article, blackbody radiation is just thermal noise (Johnson–Nyquist noise); if that's what I'm looking for, what does it sound like? If a blackbody has a ...
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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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Trouble understanding the derivation of Black Body Radiation modes

I am looking at this: http://physics.ucsc.edu/~drip/5D/photons/photons.pdf Counting the Modes in the Box and I understand everything up to the point when it talks about spherical shell in m-space. I ...
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light effects of electric current

In german high school textbooks and curriculua, the distinction of following main sorts of effects of electric current is usual: magnetic, heat, light and chemical. My question is, whether the glow ...
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Extracting heat energy without a heat engine

Is it possible to extract the molecular kinetic energy from a system directly (without the use of a heat engine / temperature gradient) and convert that to another form of energy, such as electricity, ...
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Continuous vs. Line Spectra

A hot solid or liquid produces a continuous emission spectrum while a hot rarefied gas produces a discrete emission spectrum. (And a hot dense gas produces a continuous spectrum with absorption ...
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How to use Planck's law of Black Body radiation?

On the wikipedia page for Black Body radiation, it states that: where $I(\nu,T)$ is the energy per unit time (or the power) radiated per unit area of emitting surface in the normal direction per ...
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Black Body radiation and Uv, x and gamma rays [closed]

Is the reason why UV, x-rays and gamma rays are non-existent on the blackbody radiation spectrum is because instead of the atoms present in the walls of the blackbody absorbing the energy, the energy ...
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Modes inside a cavity and black body radiation

Consider a perfect conductor that encloses a spatial volume such as a parallelepiped or cylinder. If we solve Maxwell's equations inside that volume, seeking solutions that depends on time with a ...
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Method used to prove emissive power, $E \propto T^4$

Stefan's Law states that emissive power($E$) of a black body is proportional to $T^4$. But how did Stefan arrive at the conclusion? I mean, it is not possible currently to get a perfectly black body, ...
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Blackbody radiation and thermal equilibrium?

I'm new to blackbody radiation and I have been struggling with the following question: The dominant wavelength of light from the sun is 510nm. Estimate the equilibrium temperature of the earth. ...
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Would a rocky planet orbiting so close to a very hot star eventually vaporize?

I was thinking about the physics behind a hypothetical scenario where a planet the size and the mass of the Earth is orbiting so close to a very hot star and what the long-term fate of such a planet ...
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Direction of thermal radiation

Take an object that radiates thermal radiation. In which direction does the thermal radiation go? I would think it equally distributed through all directions, but I can't seem to find it mentioned. ...
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Non-ideal black body's thermal radiation?

Planck's law neatly describes the thermal radiation of an ideal black body in thermal equilibrium. So the question is, what about things that are not black bodies? Like an object with a mirror ...
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why do coiled wire create so much heat?

I am wondering how coiled wire creates so much heat when a current is passed through it. Is it just a larger surface area of heated substance is available or are interacting forces at work eg ...
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How to interpret Stefan-Boltzmann's law?

The Stefan-Boltzmann equation states $e=\sigma T^4$, but how do we interpret this? Is this completely wrong: A body of size $s^2$ generates the radiation/temperature $T^4$ for a given size and a ...
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Will the Sun ever get 100x powerful? If so, when?

I was doing a theoretical research regarding life on Titan. The temperature of Titan is so low, and it needed more sunlight, as a result, the Sun would require to get hotter. My question is, when will ...
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AM1.5 Spectral Irradiance unit conversion

I have the AM 1.5 spectrum http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/spectra/am1.5/ Which gives spectral irradience in units of $\frac{W}{m^2 nm}$ vs wavelength in $nm$. For my purposes I need this spectrum in ...
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Einstein's 1905 “Concerning an Heuristic…emission and transformation of light”

I'm currently attempting to read Einstein's annus mirabilis papers, starting with his introduction of the quantization of light in the paper: "Concerning an Heuristic Points of View Toward the ...
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What is a simple calculation to figure out how many watts needed to maintain a hot piece of tungsten?

The specific heat of tungsten is $.13 (\text{kJ /(kg K)})$. 1 cubic cm of tungsten is .0193 kg And the melting point of stainless steel is $1900 \deg \text{K}$ conservatively (giving it plenty of ...
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What physical process is the source of blackbody radiation? [duplicate]

Blackbody radiation is the radiation given off an object solely as a result of its absolute temperature. The (continuous) spectrum is given solely by the temperature. How can this be? Why should a ...
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Frequency and Wavelength peak for Wien's displaement law of a blackbody [duplicate]

This is a question relating to Wien's displacement law for the Planck function. As we all know frequency and wavelength are related to the speed of light by: $$\nu\lambda=c$$ However, why is it ...
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How do amorphous objects emit blackbody/thermal radiation? [duplicate]

How do amorphous objects emit blackbody/thermal radiation when such objects don't have optical phonons?
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Does a crucible need to be fired in a kiln before use?

Say I made a crucible out of aluminum oxide primarily. Won't it be fired by normal use of it or do you have to pre-fire it? I understand they do that to get a consistent mass measurement. But does ...
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Black body in thermal equilibrium

In the answer of an exam said that a black body in thermal equilibrium with it's surroundings won't emit any energy, but I don't really understand why. My logic is that every object emits ...
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How much time would have to pass for a blackbody object at 0.1 K to emit a single infrared photon? [closed]

My understanding is that blackbody radiation occurs on a curve that depends on the temperature of the object - as the temperature increases, the area under the curve increases, and the peak of the ...
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Why do high altitudes have larger diurnal temperature variation than lower altitudes?

It seems like the lack of atmosphere should not be playing a role in the diurnal temperature variation because that's what makes it colder. Mountains are not that dry, usually.
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A “bump” in the cooling curve of naphthalene? [closed]

While doing an experiment, I noticed a slight bump in the cooling curve. I have searched for it on the internet and all of the articles say that it is something related to super-cooling. The graph's ...
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What would the RBG color value of an infinitely hot blackbody be?

In other words, what is the limit of the rgb values of color temperature as temperature approaches infinity? Put differently, what is the terminal point of the Planckian locus? Is there an exact ...
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What causes a black-body radiation curve to be continuous?

The ideal black-body radiation curve (unlike the quantized emission seen from atomic spectra), is continuous over all frequencies. Many objects approximate ideal blackbodies and have radiation curves ...
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What are the various physical mechanisms for energy transfer to the photon during blackbody emission?

By conservation of energy, the solid is left in a lower energy state following emission of a photon. Clearly absorption and emission balance at thermal equilibrium, however, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
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What is the origin of blackbody radiation? [duplicate]

Of course I know what black-body radiation is, like everyone else who has taken a thermal or statistical physics course. But it was recently pointed out to me that one thing that is rarely taught ...
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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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How much work can we extract from a black hole?

Recently, I've read an article on scientific regarding the possibility of a stairwell into a blackhole (unsurprisingly, it isn't possible). I've found the following question more interesting: ...
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Calorimetry - Emitted Joules [closed]

How can one calculate the total amount of emitted joules from an object with a temperature that isn't constant? A great start is this formula: ...
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If heat can't be transformed into other forms of entropy, why do hot things radiate electromagnetic waves?

The laws of entropy says entropy can only increase. On the other hand, if I take a hot object, it will naturally convert its heat into EM radiation. How is this possible? Does EM radiation count as ...
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Are these two writings of Planck's Law the same thing? [duplicate]

I checked one of the other questions on this - and I still seem to have a different equation than they offer (as far as I can tell). I'll use the notation the books used, btw. In one of my reference ...
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What is the difference between thermal and infrared imaging?

Is there any sort of difference between thermal radiation and infrared radiation at least when detected by a camera? What are the differences between the two?
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How does the hot cup of tea cool down? [duplicate]

I am not sure about my answer. I think that the cup of tea cools down by the following modes: Radiation between the surface of the tea and the air molecules. Conduction between the tea and the cup ...
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The thermal expansion of material

The question is that: they drill a hole in the middle of a metal. Then when this metal is heated, will the hole become larger or smaller? The hole will get bigger, by experiment, but I think that when ...
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Computing color and brightness of a hot material

Every blackbody color calculator I've managed to find only calculates hue and saturation; they completely ignore brightness, which severely limits their usefulness if you're trying to model the actual ...
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How many X-rays does a light bulb emit?

I read somewhere that most things1 emits all kinds of radiation, just very few of some kinds. So that made me wondering whether there is a formula to calculate how many X-rays an 100W incandescent ...
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An object glows red at around 1000K while a red star is around 3000K. What causes this misalignment in spectra?

According to the H-R diagram, a red star is 3000K, a yellow star is 6000K and a white star 10000K. But a hot metal appears red at 1000K, yellow at 1500K and white at 2000K.(approximately) Why is ...
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What is the wavelength of a hot metal when its temperature 400 C? [closed]

I would like to know what will be the wavelength of a hot steel which temperature is 400 degree C
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Second Law of Thermodynamics and heating a blackbody with another blackbody

Given a large blackbody with surface area $A_1$ and temperature $T_1$, let's assume I can use some mirror and lens system to capture all the emitted radiation and transfer this energy to a smaller ...
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When can we assume a body to behave like a black body?

In an experiment I estimated the temperature of a Tungsten bulb filament measuring the resistance of it, and tried to verify whether the power of the filament is proportional to the fourth power of ...
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Is Ronald Ace's “solar trap” patent plausible?

This newspaper article and a few others from last year discussed a patent by independent US inventor Ronald Ace. It's about a kind of absorber for solar thermal energy systems, and it's supposed to ...
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Is there an acoustic Black Body Radiation?

Imagine a cavity in a infinitely extended solid filled with another type of solid in thermal equilibrium. Are there statistics for phonons equivalent to the Black Body Radiation by Planck?
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How does an infrared thermometer actually calculate temperature?

I am slightly confused about infrared radiation and the equations related to it. $P = A \epsilon \sigma T^4$ (1) and $B_{\lambda}(\lambda,T) = \frac{2hc^2}{\lambda^5} \frac{1}{e^{\frac{hc}{\lambda ...
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Power radiated by the Sun at different locations [closed]

I am wondering can someone help to solve second part which extends first part; The power radiated by the Sun is ${3.9*10^{26}}_{watt}$. The earth orbits the sun in a nearly circular orbit of radius ...