Fr.: corps noir
A theoretical object that is simultaneously a perfect → absorber
(it does not reflect any radiation) and a perfect → emitter
of → radiation in all → wavelengths
and whose radiation is governed solely by its → temperature.
Blackbody radiation cannot be explained by → classical physics.
The study of its
characteristics has, therefore, played an important role in the development of
→ quantum mechanics.
A blackbody can be realized in the form of a cavity with highly
absorbing internal walls and a small aperture. Any ray entering
through the aperture can leave the cavity only after
repeated reflection from the walls. When the aperture is
sufficiently small, therefore, the cavity will absorb practically all
the radiation incident on the aperture, and so the surface of the
aperture will be a black body.
The light within the cavity will always interact and exchange energy with the material
particles of the walls and any other material particles present. This interaction will
eventually → thermalize
the radiation within the cavity, producing a → blackbody spectrum,
represented by a → blackbody curve.
Fr.: courbe de corps noir
The characteristic way in which the → intensity of → radiation emitted by a → blackbody varies with its → frequency (or → wavelength), as described by → Planck's radiation law. Also referred to as the → Planck curve. The exact form of the curve depends only on the object's → temperature. The wavelength at which the emitted intensity is highest is an indication of the temperature of the radiating object. As the temperature of the blackbody increases, the peak wavelength decreases (→ Wien's displacement law) and the total energy being radiated (the area under the curve) increases rapidly (→ Stefan-Boltzmann law).
Fr.: photosphère de corps noir
The → blackbody surface of the → Universe defined at a → redshift of about z ≥ 2 × 106. This is distinct from the → last scattering surface, in other words the → cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR), which refers to z = 1100. Prior to the epoch of the blackbody photosphere the distortions from the → Big Bang are exponentially suppressed.
tâbeš-e siyah-jesm (#)
Fr.: rayonnement de corps noir
binâb-e siyah-jesm (#)
Fr.: spectre de corps noir
A curve displaying → blackbody radiation intensity versus the wavelength for a given temperature, according to → Planck's blackbody formula. It is an asymmetrical curve with a sharp rise on the short wavelength side and a much more gradually sloping long-wavelength tale. Same as → Planck spectrum.
damâ-ye siyah-jesm (#)
Fr.: température de corps noir
The temperature at which a blackbody would emit the same radiation per unit area as that emitted by a given body at a given temperature.
Planck's blackbody formula
disul-e siyah jesm-e Planck
Fr.: formule du corps noir de Planck
A formula that determines the distribution of intensity of radiation that prevails under conditions of thermal equilibrium at a temperature T: Bv = (2hν3 / c2)[exp(hν / kT) - 1]-1 where h is Planck's constant and ν is the frequency.