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I Discrete vs Continuous Spectra in Blackbody Radiation?

  1. Oct 31, 2016 #1
    I was reading this article which talks about the theoretical model behind blackbody spectra:
    http://www.cv.nrao.edu/course/astr534/BlackBodyRad.html

    At the start, it mentions standing waves in a cavity. Standing waves in this model consist of an integer number of wavelengths. The standing waves can only occur at specific, discrete wavelengths.

    Therefore, could a blackbody emit in a discrete spectrum under certain conditions?
     
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  3. Oct 31, 2016 #2
    If you wanna discuss Planck vs Rayleigh-Jeans, take note that Planck's difference only comes in at this section:

     
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