Classical physics led via the equipartition theorem to ultraviolet catastrophe, a prediction that all the intensity of blackbody radiation was infinite. Supplemented by the classically unjustified assumption that radiation is finite for some reason, classical thermodynamics provides a representation of certain aspects of the Planck distribution, such as the Stefan-Boltzmann law and the Vienna Shift Act. In case of the presence of matter, quantum mechanics provides a good explanation, as can be found below in the Einstein coefficients section. This was envisioned by Einstein and is now used for quantum optics. [17] [18] In the case of the absence of matter, quantum field theory is necessary because non-relativistic quantum mechanics with fixed particle numbers does not provide sufficient representation. The importance of the Lummer and Kurlbaum cavity radiation source was that it was an experimentally accessible blackbody radiation source, unlike the radiation of a simply exposed incandescent solid, which came closest to blackbody radiation over an appropriate temperature range. Simply exposed incandescent solids that had been used before emitted radiation with deviations from the blackbody spectrum, making it impossible to find the true blackbody spectrum from experiments. [71] [72] The quantity Bν(ν, T) is the spectral radiation as a function of temperature and frequency. It has units of W·m−2·sr−1· Hz−1 in the SI system. An infinitesimal amount of power Bν(ν, T) cos θ dA dΩ dν is radiated in the direction described by the angle θ of the vertical surface of the infinitesimal surface dA at the infinitesimal solid angle dΩ in an infinitesimal frequency band of width dν centered on the frequency ν.

The total power radiated at any solid angle is the integral of Bν(ν, T) on these three quantities and is given by the Stefan-Boltzmann law. The spectral radiation of planck radiation from a black body has the same value for each direction and angle of polarization, and therefore the black body is called the Lambertian emitter. All normal (baryonic) matter emits electromagnetic radiation when it has a temperature above absolute zero. Radiation is a conversion of the internal energy of a body into electromagnetic energy and is therefore called thermal radiation. It is a spontaneous process of distribution of entropy radiation. A black body is an idealization in physics that represents a body that absorbs all the electromagnetic radiation that falls on it, regardless of its frequency or angle. In this article, we will learn more about blackbody radiation and some important laws in this context. If there is a thermodynamic equilibrium at temperature T, the radiation from the wall cavity has this unique universal value, so that Iν,Y(TY) = Bν(T). In addition, one can define the emissivity εν,X(TX) of the material of the body X so that at thermodynamic equilibrium at temperature one has TX = T Iν,X(TX) = Iν,X(T) = εν,X(T) Bν(T). The properties of blackbody radiation can be described with the help of several laws: The concept of black body is an idealization, because perfect black bodies do not exist in nature. [17] However, graphite and lamp black with an emissivity greater than 0.95 are good approximations of a black material. Experimentally, blackbody radiation can be better established as stationary equilibrium radiation that is finally stable in a cavity in a rigid body at a uniform temperature that is completely opaque and only partially reflective.

[17] A closed box with graphite walls at constant temperature and a small hole on one side creates a good approximation of the ideal blackbody radiation emanating from the opening. [18] [19] The observed radiation or intensity is not a function of direction. Therefore, a black body is a perfect Lambertian radiator. For electromagnetic radiation, there are four «laws» that describe the type and amount of energy emitted by an object. In science, a law is used to describe a series of observations. At the time of the introduction of the law, no exception was found that contradicted it. The difference between a law and a theory is that a law simply describes something, while a theory tries to explain «why» something is happening. As you read the following laws, think of the observations of daily life that you have made that could support the existence of any law. The human body radiates energy in the form of infrared light. The net radiated power is the difference between the output power and the power absorbed: when the body is black, the absorption is obvious: the amount of light absorbed is all the light that hits the surface. For a black body much larger than the wavelength, the light energy absorbed at each wavelength λ per unit of time is strictly proportional to the curve of the black body. This means that the curve of the black body is the amount of light energy emitted by a black body, which justifies the name.

This is the condition of applicability of Kirchhoff`s law of thermal radiation: the curve of the black body is characteristic of thermal light, which depends only on the temperature of the walls of the cavity, provided that the walls of the cavity are completely opaque and poorly reflective, and the cavity is in thermodynamic equilibrium. [26] When the black body is small, so that its size is comparable to the wavelength of light, absorption is altered because a small object is not an effective absorber of long-wavelength light, but the principle of strict equality of emission and absorption is always maintained in a state of thermodynamic equilibrium. Based on Planck`s law of blackbody radiation [22], it is known that all bodies with a temperature above absolute zero (−273 °C) emit infrared radiation that the human eye cannot detect.