# Stefan - formula is that the energy density is proportional...

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Stefan-Boltzmann Law From the Planck distribution function, we can derive the energy density in the cavity. Convince yourself that the total energy in the cavity is given by: U = < > Each corresponds to the energy at a particular frequency σ n , and summing over all of the averages should yield the total energy. More explicitly: U = < > = < s > σ = Here, we can use the standard quantum method of letting the cavity be a cube and quantizing the frequencies to obtain σ n = nΠc / L if L is the length of a side of the cube. We need one more trick to complete the derivation. The sum over positive n in 3 dimensions becomes 4 Πn 2 d n . With those tools, we can plug through some more algebra to obtain: = τ 4 The result is known as the Stefan-Boltzmann law of radiation. The significant aspect of the
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Unformatted text preview: formula is that the energy density is proportional to the fourth power of the temperature. We call a collection of photons a "photon gas". The term "gas" will not only refer to the traditional understanding of air, but will refer to any mobile conglomerate of a particle. You may hear of an "electron gas" or the like in your study of thermodynamics. We can derive the entropy of the blackbody photons to be σ = ( ) 3 . The reason that this topic is included in thermodynamics is that it describes thermal radiation, and the results can be derived using some of the equations we have recently developed, along with some quantum mechanics....
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## This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course PHY PHY2053 taught by Professor Davidjudd during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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