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 are the units of color matching functions?

In some computer vision book I read lately, the color matching function is invoked without clear definition of its units. I suspect the color matching functions are spectral irradiance or spectral ...
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Blackbody radiation and emissive power

According to blackbody radiation theory, and thanks to Planck, we now know that there is a energy density, $u(\lambda,T)$ [$J/m^3$], associated with a certain wavelength at a particular temperature. ...
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Why is pale coloured skin said to absorb more UV?

Many resources state that light skin/pale skin absorbs more UV than dark-colour skin. Doesn't black absorb maximum radiation? For an example, see this article: Natural selection therefore ...
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Is shape of a black body much of a concern in physics?

When I read a book on computer vision, I stumble upon the ideal black body model. Using Lambert's cosine law (wiki), one is able to compute the intensity of an area element dA w.r.t. some observer. ...
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What exactly is fire? [duplicate]

What is fire? Is it a wave or is it matter? Where does fire come from? Does everything burn with fire? (for example: water and some metals don't burn).
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Relationship between temperature and wavelength?

I am investigating the relationship between wavelength and temperature. As seen the figure below of Planks law What is the relationship between the lambda(max) and Temperature? or in simpler ...
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What happens to a body, initially at 300K, kept in isolated space? Will it's temperature drop to 0k?

With regards to Thermal Radiation, given a stable body initially at 300 Kelvin placed in isolation, after continuous Thermal Radiation will it's temperature gradually reduce to 0 kelvin ...
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What would it be like “inside” a star?

This question was triggered by a discussion regarding the computer game Elite: Dangerous, where spaceships routinely operate in close proximity to stars (two or three light seconds away), at which ...
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Minimum wavelength in black body radiation

Is there a minimum wavelength in a black body's radiation? If yes, is there a formula to calculate it? In this image from Wikipedia, it does seem that the curve is touching the x-axis rather than ...
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I don't understand why a cavity with a hole is a black body [duplicate]

It makes no sense to me that a cavity with a hole is identical to a black body. Sure, the cavity will probably be a near perfect absorber, but I don’t see how it will be a perfect emitter as well. ...
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Why the CMB has not been dispersed so far?

Imagine you have a box of black body radiation. What happens if you open the box for a long time? It becomes dispersed and no radiation remains in the box. Now, apply this example to the Cosmic ...
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Why are stars white?

That is may be a easy question, but I am not a professional. The sun is a star and when I look at the sun is usually yellow. Why stars in the night are white? I suppose is for the distance. What is ...
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Optimizing surface geometry for thermal radiation

I'm working on vacuum technology for a scientific project and one of the challenges is to optimize the cooling of 2500°C metals in vacuum. I'm wondering if it would be useful to design a grating on ...
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2 level atomic system interacting with Black body radiation. Relaxation time issue

I am studying the transient regime of a 2 level atomic system ($N_1,N_2$) interacting with a blackbody radiation from a source at constant temperature $T_{nr}$. The initial state of the atomic system ...
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Average surface temperature of Earth [duplicate]

I had a question in my school exam. Will the average surface temperature of the Earth be lower or higher, if there was no atmosphere? Now, the answer expected is "The avg temp will be lower, because ...
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How is a blackbody spectrum formed in the Sun?

Sunlight can be treated as BB radiation. Why is it a continuous spectrum while the sun contains only a few elements and the radiation from the jumps between atomic levels are discrete? How does the ...
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If a black body is a perfect absorber, why does it emit anything?

I'm trying to start understanding quantum mechanics, and the first thing I've come across that needs to be understood are black bodies. But I've hit a roadblock at the very first paragraphs. :( ...
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Prove Blackbody spectrum is independent of its composition [closed]

I got this question from a Text Book, I am not sure if StackExchange is the right place for debating answers, because I already have an answer but I am not sure about it: Consider two cavities of ...
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What kind of thing did Lummer and Wien use as a 'black body'?

When I was reading about the experiments on the black body, I was wondering what such a black body would look like. When I google for the black body used during these experiments by Wien and Lummer, I ...
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What is thermal radiation? How does it move through space?

Assume that by some mysterious(at the lack of a better word) way I was able to make a bonfire on the moon and was able to sit next to it without a space suit. I will not be able to feel the heat form ...
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Thermal radiation of a nitrogen sphere

Let's imagine a : sphere of 100% pure nitrogen (N2), (edit: 1 m diameter) with a constant volume (edit: using a kind of "magic forcefield") (edit : at 1 bar) in the void far from any light source ...
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How does gas pressure increase the lifespan of Halogen tungsten lamps in the Halogen Cycle?

I am curious about this passage "Since quartz is very strong, the gas pressure can be higher,[5] which reduces the rate of evaporation of the filament, permitting it to run a higher temperature (and ...
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When I'm in a warm room how much of the warmth I feel is due to radiation from surfaces?

Say I'm in a room heated to 23C, once the temperature is in balance all the objects will also be 23C and radiating heat towards me. How much of the warmth I feel is due to this radiation, and how much ...
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Why is black the best emitter?

Why are emitters colored black better emitters than other colors? Why is white a worse emitter?
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Heat Transfer From a Spaceship in Deep Space

Space is a very low temperature environment, however it also has an extremely small number of particles per unit volume. This leads me to believe that, contrary to popular portrayals of heat loss in ...
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Does the color of clothes (especially underwar) define their perceived “warmth”?

Does white underwear keep you warm more or less than similar pieces of black color? IMHO, white color would more "reflect" back the existing temperature of the human body. However, black would ...
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Does tin foil keep heat out?

For example, if i were mailing a box of chocolates and lined the inside of the box with foil, then wrapped the chocolate in bubble wrap and placed it inside the foil lined box, would the box heat up ...
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Blackbody radiation in thermally inhomogeneous environment

The power radiated by the backbody is according to Stefan-Boltzmann law $$ P = \sigma \varepsilon A (T^4-T_{env}^{4} ).$$ Is the parameter $T_{env}$ supposed to be only the temperature in the near ...
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Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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Can kinetic energy in atoms result in emission of all types of EM radiation?

I already know the fact that when solid objects heat up, they emit thermal energy which is also known as infrared radiation. However, if the atoms in that solid were to begin gaining more or less ...
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Chemical Potential and Blackbody Radiation

What is the physical significance of the fact that the chemical potential of the photons in a box of volume V is zero ?
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How does temperature in a solid sphere change with time when moving through a gas?

I'm interested in the following problem: There is a solid sphere with radius $r$ and mass $m$ at temperature $T_{s0}$. It is moving at velocity $v_s$ through a gas of temperature $T_g$. How does the ...
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black body simulation

black body radiation is typically understood from Planck's argument of light resonance in a box, from which the density of states is computed. Now, suppose I want to simulate a black body ...
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What happens when I place an object of certain temperature in space ? Does it loose its entire heat energy?

Can i obtain absolute zero temperature this way? And let's assume there is no cosmic microwave background and also assume that there is a way to shield the object from any heat source, such as the ...
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Is nature quantized?

I was reading Planck's postulate the other day on Wikipedia and couldn't help but noticing the sentence: "...is the postulate that the energy of oscillators in a black body is quantized..." ...
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What does a hot, optically thin gas *look* like?

In another question I tried to answer what a sample of the Sun's photosphere or core would look like, if it could be brought into the lab. Here is a broader question - if I have a small inert ...
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Where did the energy released due to gravitational binding energy of the Earth go?

The gravitational binding energy of the Earth is $2×10^{32} J $, so the same amount of energy must have been released during the Earth's history. According to this and this, the current internal ...
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Light Polarizer and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

I have stumped myself with a thought experiment of my own devising. Suppose I take a beam of wholly depolarised, but otherwise plane wave light. Its von Neumann entropy per photon is $\log(2)$ nats ...
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How does the concept of a “black body” make any sense?

In my introductory chemistry class, we are learning about the basics of quantum mechanics. We were introduced to the concept of emission and absorption spectra. Our textbook describes how electrons ...
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Cooling a satellite

Satellites are isolated systems, the only way for it to transfer body heat to outer space is thermal radiation. There are solar panels, so there is continuous energy flow to inner system. No airflow ...
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Best way to heat something in aluminum foil? [closed]

Let's say we have a wet piece of paper, wrapped in aluminum foil, that we need to heat up in the fastest and most energy efficient way possible (no flamethrower). What would that be? Details ...
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Why do the high frequency waves have the most number of modes?

While reading the Wikipedia page of Ultraviolet Catastrophe, I came across how Rayleigh and Jeans applied the equipartition theorem. They told that each mode must have same energy. Now as the number ...
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How does the density of states for black-body radiation change with geometry?

If I have a hollow conducting cylinder with another conducting cylinder inside it (as with a coaxial cable), would the density of states of the photons/radiation between the two cylinders be any ...
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Calculating the Sun's emitted power in a wavelength range?

Is there an equation that describes the Sun's emitted power on the surface [in $\frac{W}{m^2}$] over a selected wavelength range (from $\lambda_1$ to $\lambda_2$) ? I am guessing this can be ...
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Why would different metals glow red at different temperatures?

According to everything I've been taught about incandescence and black-body radiation, and some quick Googling to confirm I'm not crazy, just about everything, regardless of composition, should start ...
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How does heat travel?

How does heat travel? I have two competing thoughts here!! Firstly some form of atomic/molecular process liberates a photon in the infrared region of the spectrum which is detected as heat by a ...
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Is the physics of $j = \rho v$ questionable? What are the consequences? [closed]

In electrodynamics you have the quantity $\mathbf{j}$, which represents density of current per surface area. It is often said that $\mathbf{j} = \rho\mathbf{v}$, for geometric reasons. When I make ...
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How exactly does applying the Equipartition Theorem to radiation leads to UV catastrophe?

I'm reading a book by George Gamow, "Thirty years that shook Physics" and have trouble understanding his way of describing the UV catastrophe. In a first part he points out that applying the ...
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How to understand/derive Eq 5.5 in Geiner's Quantum Mechanics - An Introduction?

Geiner's Quantum Mechanics - An Introduction has an unnumbered equation above Eq. 6 in section 2.4 discussing density -- not sure if it is energy density -- of radiation: ... $$dE/dV = E/V =a ...
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What would happen to the Earth's atmosphere if all the solar radiation was in the extreme ultraviolet?

According to this, our Earth's atmosphere is completely opaque to radiation with wavelengths less than 100 nm as this radiation has enough energy to ionize the air. Since the surface temperature of ...