Boltzmann constant


Boltzmann constant

Ratio of the universal gas constant (see gas laws) to Avogadro's number. It has a value of 1.380662 1023 joules per kelvin. Named after Ludwig Boltzmann, it is a fundamental constant of physics, occurring in nearly every statistical formulation of both classical and quantum physics.

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