black·​body | \ ˈblak-ˈbä-dē How to pronounce blackbody (audio) \

Definition of blackbody

: an ideal body or surface that completely absorbs all radiant energy falling upon it with no reflection and that radiates at all frequencies with a spectral energy distribution dependent on its absolute temperature

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Recent Examples on the Web But more sensitive measurements should undoubtedly reveal small deviations from the blackbody curve that COBE measured. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt," 30 June 2015 That would have shifted the CMB’s spectrum away from a blackbody. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt," 30 June 2015 That’s important, said John Mather, an astrophysicist at NASA Goddard who won a Nobel Prize in 2006 for measuring the CMB’s blackbody spectrum with COBE. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt," 30 June 2015 Two of the assumptions used to obtain the rules of blackbody radiation provide loopholes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Edge on cooling from nanostructure beats physical limit," 11 Sep. 2018

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1712, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackbody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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