# Tagged Questions

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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### Help me solve a heat conduction/emission transfer problem. Mathematica has failed me

My problem: A thin-walled tube (length $L$, diameter $D$ and wall thickness $t \ll D$) is in a vacuum. It is held on one end (at $x=0$) by a heat source at constant temperature $T(0)=T_0$. The only ...
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### Express Planck's Law for blackbody radiation in terms of frequency [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with substituting $\lambda$ with frequency. The problem: Show that $$u(f)=\frac{8\pi f^2}{c^3} * \frac{hf}{e^{hf/kT}-1}$$ Where I'm at: \frac{8 \pi f^2}{c^3} * \frac{hf^3}{ce^...
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### On Rayleigh-Jeans black body distribution derivation

When trying to derive the Rayleigh-Jeans distribution function, all authors say that in k-space each solution of the electromagnetic wave functions(of waves inside a cubic black body) represents an ...
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### Radiation collapse to black hole

I want to find the temperature at which radiation in AdS will collapse to form a black hole. I have even found a reference that gives the answer but I cannot understand it: http://srv2.fis.puc.cl/~...
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### Does nature really follow the heat equation?

I think the heat equation says that the first derivative of temperature with respect to time in a stationary solid varies as the negative of the second derivative of temperature with respect to ...
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### Why does black-body radiation work for *everything*?

Everything not at absolute zero gives off infrared radiation, we are taught. Now I assume that doesn't apply to dark matter, and in general only to atoms as we are familiar with. An atom by itself ...
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### Heat Losses to furnaces

I am looking in to the thermal efficiency of a furnace vessel. I am wanting to get a full, or at least better, understanding on the calculations needed to look at the thermal efficiency. So I know ...
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### Why does a black body radiate in all the frequency spectrum?

I understand why a black body absorbs every frequency(it is the definition of a black body!) but i do not understand why it also radiates at all frequency spectrum.
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### At the lambda point, why does specific heat capacity tend to infinity?

The specific heat capacity is the energy required to raise the temperature of unity mass by 1K, if at the lambda point all the bosons occupy the lowest quantum state, shouldn’t the specific heat ...
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### How is it possible that Thermosphere can maintain so much heat? [closed]

Thermosphere is the Layer of Atmosphere in approx 100-1000 km altitude. Particles in thermosphere are typically at 1400 K temperature. But the sun activity can raise the temperature up to 2300 K. It'...
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### Why do dark objects emit more than lighter ones?

For the purposes of this question, "lighter" and "darker" refer to the absorptive qualities of the objects. Darker objects absorb more light, and therefore appear darker. I'm trying to understand the ...
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### Qualitative difference between bremsstrahlung and thermal bremsstrahlung

Hopefully this is an easy question. I hear the terms bremsstrahlung and thermal bremsstrahlung being used. However, I, incorrectly, thought that they were used interchangeably. So, what is te ...
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### Why does vertical polarizer absorb the vertically polarized waves?

They explain that vertical wires serve as the secondary transmitter: the waves induce since oscillations of electrons in the wire effectively absorbing the wave. Ok, let's believe that wave is ...
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### Is sun a black body? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that sun is a black body but after reading at various sites whre they say that sun is not a black body but has black body radiations because it cannot absorb all radiations.
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### Is black hole a black body? [duplicate]

I have studied in my physics class today that black body is one which absorbs radiation of all wavelength incident on it , Its absorptance is unity , reflectance and transmittance is zero . I wonder ...
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### Do all thermal radiators have the same surface brightness?

Imagine I heat a piece of metal to 1000K. It will be red hot and will emit black body radiation corresponding to this temperature. But what about the brightness? Assuming the bulk is opaque, does it ...
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Radiation in the blackbody is reflected from the walls because it's absorbed and quickly remitted by the atoms on the wall, why don't they just absorb it but reflect it totally??
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In the blackbody radiation experiment, the inside of the body is metal so its considered a conductor inside, shouldn't the electric field be zero, so we would be left with only magnetic field instead ...
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### Why does an optical pyrometer read low in the open?

An optical pyrometer relies on the fact that the brightness of heat radiation from a body depends on its temperature. I have come across the fact that an optical pyrometer invariably reads low when ...
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### Can anyone explain Wien's distribution law

I searched the internet for this but could find only the equation associated with the law. I want to know what this law states, what are its significance and why is it called as "distribution" law.
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### How does a gas emit radiation with temperature when it's particles motion are linear?

Particles in gas move faster with temperature in a linear motion (root mean velocity equation?) right? It explains increase in pressure and effusion proportional to temperature. Solids emit radiation ...
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### Why doesn't power generated by thermal radiation violate Carnot's theorem?

It seems to me that you could use thermal radiation to drive an engine that does not require a cold reservoir. Carnot's theorem states that the only way to convert heat into work is with a temperature ...
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### Why don't I see green flames more often?

I was just thinking today that I usually see red flame, and have seen plenty of blue flame, but not green. My naive presumption for coloration of flames would suggest that I would see more green, so ...
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### Is the equilibrium temperature of a black body higher than other objects?

Suppose we place a black body and an object of lower emissivity, both of the same shape, into an evacuated glass contained, and we place that container in sun light. After time, if both reach thermal ...
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### Blackbody or characteristic emission of radiation

I am trying to understand what determines to what degree energy from a "hot" object is emitted as characteristic radiation or blackbody radiation. For example in a gas discharge lamp, a considerable ...
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### Maximum Temperature?

I have been reading a lot about wavelengths of light and Planck's law and such. Curious as to whether a minimum wavelength of $h$ (Planck's Constant) indicates that there is in some way an absolute ...
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A blackbody is a theoretical object that perfectly absorbs all the light that falls on it. From what I understand this is an ideal situation and does not actually exist in reality. Certain objects are ...
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### How can I apply Planck's law to calculate the photon energy density of a warm room?

I am trying to calculate the rate at which photons of any particular frequency will pass through a volume in a room illuminated by black body radiation only. I've found a couple of starting points ...
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### Can thermal states of light be monochromatic?

As one can read from the quantum optics textbooks each mode of light of a certain frequency, spatial configuration and polarization can be considered as a quantum harmonic oscillator. One can imagine ...
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### Entangled systems and heat

Suppose I have two extended bodies that are entangled to each other. Are the thermal properties of the objects affected in some way by entanglement? For example, Imagine that one of the entangled ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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 ...