# 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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### 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 and/...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 lines?)...
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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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### Am I very wrong with my grey body calculations?

I'm trying to calculate the maximum heat that an object on the moon can reach with the energy provided from Sunlight. I've got a total power output of the sun per square meter at the distance of the ...
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### how can I compute the temperature of a metal (iron / steel) rod when a current is applied?

I would like to compute something like $T(j,l,R)$ where $T$ is the temperature of the rod, $j$ the current, $l$ the lenght of the rod and $R$ the radius of the rod. there is any difference if the rod ...
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### Polarisation states in 1d?

I am working through a derivation of the spectral energy density in a 1d cavity. The derivation says that the number of modes (per unit volume) in a frequency interval $dv$ is given by: g(\nu)d\nu =...
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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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### How do I map color to temperature?

Following up to Do burning red coals and red-hot iron have the same temperature? and Are Colors Emitted at Specific Temperatures?, how do I determine the temperature of the object by the color of the ...
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### Can we make any substance that will produce ions at low temprature

I am talking about thermal ionization, Is to possible to make any material or is there any element that can be ionized at let say 20 degree centigrade Temperature? I am a computer engineer and into ...
Can we argue based on Landauer's principle that if one bit information is changed inside a blackbody, the total radiated energy should be at least or in order of $kTln2$? If it is so, can we also ...