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Non equilibrium conditions and temperature

by engineer23
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engineer23
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Jan22-08, 02:00 PM
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For non-equilibrium conditions, can temperature be defined?
Does this relate to the zeroeth law of thermo?

Thanks!
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Jan23-08, 03:25 PM
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Sometimes a temeprature can be formally defined: the temperature of a 2-state atomic population during inversion, for example.

Generally, it is not possible to assign a unique temperature.


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