Solving Ultraviolet Catastrophe Introduction:
Introduction[ edit ] Every physical body spontaneously and continuously emits electromagnetic radiation.
Near thermodynamic equilibriumthe emitted radiation is nearly described by Planck's law. Because of its dependence on temperaturePlanck radiation is said to be thermal radiation.
The higher the temperature of a body the more radiation it emits at every wavelength.
Planck radiation has a maximum intensity at a specific wavelength that depends on the temperature. At higher temperatures the amount of infrared radiation increases and can be felt as heat, and the body glows visibly red.
At even higher temperatures, a body is dazzlingly bright yellow or blue-white and emits significant amounts of short wavelength radiation, including ultraviolet and even x-rays. Planck radiation is the greatest amount of radiation that any body at thermal equilibrium can emit from its surface, whatever its chemical composition or surface structure.
It is in general dependent on chemical composition and physical structure, on temperature, on the wavelength, on the angle of passage, and on the polarization.
The surface of a black body can be modelled by a small hole in the wall of a large enclosure which is maintained at a uniform temperature with opaque walls that, at every wavelength, are not perfectly reflective.
At equilibrium, the radiation inside this enclosure follows Planck's law, and so will the radiation coming out of the small hole.
Just as the Maxwell—Boltzmann distribution is the unique maximum entropy energy distribution for a gas of material particles at thermal equilibrium, so is Planck's distribution for a gas of photons. If the photon gas is not Planckian, the second law of thermodynamics guarantees that interactions between photons and other particles or even, at sufficiently high temperatures, between the photons themselves will cause the photon energy distribution to change and approach the Planck distribution.
In such an approach to thermodynamic equilibrium, photons are created or annihilated in the right numbers and with the right energies to fill the cavity with a Planck distribution until they reach the equilibrium temperature.
It is as if the gas is a mixture of sub-gases, one for every band of wavelengths, and each sub-gas eventually attains the common temperature. The spectral radiance of Planckian radiation from a black body has the same value for every direction and angle of polarization, and so the black body is said to be a Lambertian radiator.
Different forms[ edit ] Planck's law can be encountered in several forms depending on the conventions and preferences of different scientific fields. The various forms of the law for spectral radiance are summarized in the table below. Forms on the left are most often encountered in experimental fieldswhile those on the right are most often encountered in theoretical fields.
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Planck Solves the Ultraviolet Catastrophe By the end of the 19th century, body to a particular temperature causes the black body to emit radiation with a spectrum that is Because small wavelengths correspond to the ultraviolet end of the spectrum, this.
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Black-body radiation is the thermal electromagnetic radiation within or surrounding a body in thermodynamic equilibrium with its environment, but with significant power in the ultraviolet as well. Black-body radiation provides insight into the thermodynamic equilibrium state of cavity radiation.
a problem known as the ultraviolet.