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My text book has a question which says that the emissive power of a black body isn't one but the answer states that the absorptive power is 1, considering that $$e=a \tag{Kirchoff's law}$$

and a black body is defined as an object which has $$e=1$$ Then why isn't $a=1$

  1. Choose correct options

(a) Good absorbers of a particular wavelength are good emitters of same wavelength.This statement was given by Kirchoff.

(b) At low temperature of a body the rate of cooling is directly proportional to temperature of the body.This statement was given by Newton.

(c) Emissive power of a perfectly black body is 1

(d) Absorptive power of a perfectly black body is 1

The answer is given as (a,d)


Waves and Thermodyanamics by DC Pandey 15th edition

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you quote the textbook question for context and accuracy? $\endgroup$
    – J. Murray
    Nov 11 '18 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Murray Done.. $\endgroup$
    – hjhjhj
    Nov 11 '18 at 15:29
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For blackbody $a=e=1. a=1$ implies that the blackbody absorbs all radiation falling on it. For anything that is not a blackbody, $0≤e=a<1$

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