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Blackbody radiation and the “ultraviolet catastrophe”

The story of the blackbody radiation and the ultraviolet catastrophe which eventually led to quantum mechanics.

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Blackbody Radiation

Blackbody radiation refers to an object or system which absorbs all radiation incident upon it and re-radiates energy which is characteristic of this radiating system.

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Blackbody Radiation

A good introductory page to this topic.

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Planck's Hypothesis

In order to explain the frequency distribution of radiation from a hot cavity (blackbody radiation) Planck proposed the ad hoc assumption that the radiant energy could exist only in discrete quanta ...

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