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Find the temperature increase of a rotating disk

  1. Nov 26, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    It's a Blackbody radiation problem:
    A beam of wavelength λ, in the state of right circular polarization, leads to an absorbent disk.The mass of the disk is m, it's specific heat is C, and its moment of inertia is I .The disk is initially at rest, but after a lapse of time has an angular velocity Ω. Show that the temperature increases in:


    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution
    From the equation;
    I can get ΔT
    But I don't know how to justify that;
    U1=IΩ2/2 ------- Rotational kinetic energy
    U2=(IΩ2πc)/λ --------- con E=hc/λ Photon energy
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  3. Nov 26, 2016 #2


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    Any good reference on classical mechanics should tell you the relation between angular velocity and rotational kinetic energy. Otherwise, you need to use the fact that each circularly polarized photon has an angular momentum of ħ.
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