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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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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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Finding the exponent of $\lambda$ in Wien's displacement law

I am reading this paper on a short history of the $T^4$ radiation law. In particular, on page 5, By assuming that the wavelength of radiation emitted by a molecule was a function only of its ...
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understanding thermal radiation in a conductor, gas and insulator

Context: I was in my bliss of ignorance and happiness when I was taught that quantum mechanics was about nice discrete values of energies. Now I am introduced the idea of Fermi Energy in a block of ...
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Cooling down to absolute zero by radiation

Consider a system consisting of a gas, it is put in a container which is permits transmission of all kinds of electromagnetic waves. If this system is isolated and put in a perfect vacuum, and left ...
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Heat loss by radiation reference

In our lab practice, we measured the rate of heat loss of a copper plate in atmospheric pressure and the rate of heat loss of the same plate in high vacuum ($\sim 10^5 torr$). So all I could find for ...
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Can we determine the surface temperature of stars other than the sun by using the black body radiation theory?

It is well known that the surface temperature of the sun can be determined by fitting the solar spectrum to the black body radiation spectrum. Is this scheme feasible for other stars? Possibly the ...
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Reaching equilibrium in a blackbody and light-matter interaction

Suppose we have a metallic cavity maintained at a fixed temperature. Suppose we start with any distribution of radiation that is not in equilibrium with the container. Gradually, when the equilibrium ...
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How do Black Bodies Absorb and Emit Radiation? [duplicate]

I have learnt how the gases of elements are able to absorb only certain wavelengths of EM radiation corresponding to the energy transitions between energy levels of orbitals. Furthermore, these ...
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Conservation of energy when focusing black body radiation on another black body

This question about whether or not it is possible to focus black-body radiation to make something hotter than the radiation's source was answered mostly negative: the second law of thermodynamics ...
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Radiative Cooling of metal object

We have this experiment where a metal bar is heated and then we have to make a model for the cooling that occurs. We get numbers for how long it takes the metal bar to cool from 200 to 100 degrees ...
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Why do High Pressure Gases produce a Continuous Spectrum?

I am aware that low pressure/density gases produce an emission spectrum as there are specific energy transitions that the electrons can make, emitting certain frequencies of EM waves. However high ...
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Work done in adiabatic reversible process

I was solving a problem on turbine.the steam works on turbine adiabatic reversibly .Is change in enthalpy or is it change in internal energy which equal this work?
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What temperature can you attain with a solar furnace?

A solar furnace is a device that concentrates the sun's light on a small point to heat it up to high temperature. One can imagine that in the limit of being completely surrounded by mirrors, your ...
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Historic derivation of Wien's law

Every book I've read, including a lot of websites, Wikipedia, etc, say that Wien derived this: $$\rho_\nu(T)=\rho(\nu,T)=\nu^3f\left(\frac{\nu}{T}\right)$$ Being $\rho_v(T)$ the spectral enegy ...
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Radiation-Glossy Black vs Matte White

Well, studying the chapter Heat I know that a matte black body radiates heat more than a glossy white one but can anyone give me an answer about what happens when its a glossy black body and a dull ...
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Is the visible light from “red-hot glass” at least close to Blackbody Radiation?

In this really nice answer @RobJeffries explains the difference between the ideas of Thermal Radiation and Blackbody Radiation in the context of a source which may be in thermal equilibrium, but who's ...
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Maximum temperature possible on earth

What is maximum temperature that can we have on earth on a single day? Lets say an air mass is static over an area and there is no way for air mass to move, sun warming it up would increase ...
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Diminishing solar temperature and its effects on earth

This is a hypothetical question; considering both the earth and the sun as black bodies. If the temperature of the sun decreased N times, what would be the effect on the radiation intensity received ...
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Calculating new temperature of an object when air temperature changes

I'm trying to calculate the new temperature of an object when the air temperature around it changes, given a period of time. Basically I get periodic readings from an air temperature sensor in a ...
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Is Moon too hot?

I find it puzzling that Moon's maximum "daily" equatorial temperature is almost 400K. Earth's theoretical black body temperature would be 279K at 1AU, and Moon is the same distance from Sun, yet its ...
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Do bifacial solar panels operate at lower temperature than normal solar panels?

Bifacial solar panels have a glass backplane instead of the usual aluminum and are designed to absorb and convert to electricity light incident on either face. Many manufacturers claim that their ...
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Why does the Stefan-Boltzmann law work for power absorbed?

The setup is as follows: There is a body of emissivity $e$ and surface temperature $T$ whose surroundings have a temperature $T_s$ and may be assumed to be a black body. The body radiates at a ...
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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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If an object has a temperature, does it have to radiate?

I'm reading through a powerpoint presentation about Hawking Radiation (HR). They are explaining all of the reasons that built up to the postulate of HR, and one of the reasons is that if there is a ...
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Radiative equilibrium of a relativistic black body

A black body in empty space in the CMB rest frame should (discounting starlight) come to an equilibrium temperature of around 2.7 K. However, if the body is moving relative to the CMB frame, one side ...
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Is it possible to produce higher temperature than the light source with passive device only?

Suppose the light source is a black body with average temperature 2000K, and I want to use it to heat another black body to 2500K, via passive devices only. Here passive device means lens, mirror, ...
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Black body with radial radiation emission/absorbtion

Is there any model using some kind of material that can approach a spherical black body in a reduced scale?
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Power absorbed by an object inside a perfect blackbody cavity

Suppose you were inside a thick spherical shell of inner radius $R$, which was a perfect black body at some temperature T. What would be the power a sphere of radius $r$ would absorb located inside ...
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Black Body radiation (intensity in certain distance)

i need some help with this task: I have a black body radiator which is spherical and it has radius $r=0.56m$. It radiates with intensity $1.5\frac{kW}{m^2}$. I would like to know the intensity in ...
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Is thermal transfer in a vacuum proportional to temperature difference?

I would have thought that heat dissipation was proportional to temperature difference, especially in a vacuum. Is this true?
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How is Planck's radiation law related to $E=h\nu$

How did Planck conclude $E=h\nu$ from his radiation law?
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Emissivity and Final Temperature of a Black and White object

Objects can be categorized as blackbodies (emissivity $\epsilon = 1$), grey bodies (emissivity $\epsilon < 1$) and white bodies (emissivity $\epsilon = 0$). If we placed two objects (identical ...
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Carnot Engine- Cold Reservoir is a black body [closed]

My question: A satellite powered by a Carnot engine uses heat from a nuclear reactor at a fixed temperature T0. Heat is released into outer space via thermal radiation emitted by a set of fins at ...
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Characteristic room-temperature photon energy - is this nomogram wrong?

Reading this recent ars technica article on the James Webb telescope, something kept bothering me about the nomogram - shown below. The credit says it is from The Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience ...
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Synthetic Photometry - Calculating a colour index

I have a theoretical black body spectrum, described by plancks law. I also ave the bandpass sensitivity function for various filters. I would like to calculate a colour index from this information, so ...
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Why 8–15 µm is considered “thermal infrared” if typical room temperature kT is 48 µm?

According to Wikipedia: Long-wavelength infrared (8–15 µm, 20–37 THz, 83–155 meV): The "thermal imaging" region, in which sensors can obtain a completely passive image of objects only slightly ...
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When thermal IR gets reflected from an object, does it change its wavelength (frequency)

I'm working with thermal infrared (IR) cameras to detect human thermal radiation. I notice I can easily distinguish non-human objects throughout the camera's field of view, though all are at same room ...
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Planck's law - energy, frequency and temperature dependancy

Unlike radio waves, thermal radiations are emitted at a broad range of frequencies. So, at a given temperature, an object might be emitting a lot of frequencies. Is that correct? So ehen Planck's ...
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The temperature of photon and its energy

Do photons have temperature? If not, does it mean that photon lose energy while travelling through space? As the planets farther away from the sun are comparatively cooler than the one that are ...
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Isothermal expansion of a cavity containing electromagnetic waves?

The cavity is perfectly reflecting , and simulates a black body . Is it that during an isothermal expansion of a cavity containing electromagnetic waves the internal energy density is constant and ...
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Physics 3 recommended book with solutions [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum and wanted to ask for a recommendation for a book which has these subjects with problems and solutions:(if this is not a valid question please tell me) -Intro to Waves -Fourier ...
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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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Why aren't the hottest stars mostly invisible due to radiating mostly in ultra-violet? [duplicate]

The hottest stars have surface temperatures in the range of 40,000K. Wolfram Alpha says that such a star acting as a black body should radiate almost no energy in the visible spectrum. Why then do ...
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In non-metallic solids w/ just atoms or ions (no molecules), are bonds (vibrations) and electronic transitions the sole cause of blackbody radiation?

Since there wouldn't be a conduction band filled with any electrons in a non-metallic solid made of just atoms or ions (no molecules), it's hard to imagine any other type of movement and dipole moment ...
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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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Is this conceptualization of blackbody radiation logical/correct?

From what I understand, a blackbody is a body which does not emit radiation as a result of atomic excitation/relaxation but rather solely due to the kinetic energy of its particles due to interactions ...
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Why do metals have low emissivity values in general?

Is there any specific physical explanation behind this? I know from reading about emissivity that it depends upon surface roughness. So does metal with rough surface gets higher/lower emissivity?