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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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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Blackbody radiation

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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Blackbody radiation

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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Confusion with Blackbody Radiation

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 ...
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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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Partition Function and BlackBody Radiation

I'll start with a few definitions: $$\beta \equiv \frac{1}{k_bT}$$ Where T is the temperature of a system. And the partition function: $$Z \equiv \sum_{j}e^{-\beta \epsilon_j}=\int ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Temperature of a falling meteor

I am reading "What if?" article https://what-if.xkcd.com/20/ and I'm interested in it's scientific background. Mr. Munroe writes: As it [the meteor] falls, it compresses the air in front of it. ...
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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 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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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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Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: On the Validity of Kirchhoff's Law

Lately I've been researching about the black-body spectrum and the historical development of Planck's Law. I mainly wanted to understand a little bit more why many different objects (Stars, Hot ...
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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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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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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 ...