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Finding the Density of States of Radiation Oscillators

  1. Feb 10, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Calculate the density of states if the radiation oscillators are confined to a square (i.e. in two dimensions).


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    3. The attempt at a solution

    This was one of the questions for my Modern Physics class, (we recently covered blackbody radiation), although based on the research I have been doing in hopes of understanding it, I think it has to do with Quantum Statistics. I have no idea what to do here, or how to start as I have not taken a quantum course.

    Of the stuff I've looked over in my modern textbook and online, I see that density of states can be found by taking the derivative of an equation representing the number of states in an area/volume with respect to energy. However, I have no idea how to find an equation for the number of states in a volume/area in the first place. Could anyone guide me on what to do for this problem?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2013 #2

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  4. Feb 12, 2013 #3
    Thank you! I looked for hours trying to find something that makes sense but nothing clicked until ^ this article.
     
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