# Homework Help: Quantum physics-rayleigh jeans/wien's law

1. Apr 19, 2010

Show that the Rayleigh-Jeans radiation law is not consistent with Wien displacement law,
λmax T=constant, or vmax is proportional to T.

2. Apr 19, 2010

### Gordianus

The displacement law states that at any temperature T the black body spectrum reaches its peak at a wavelength given by the displacement law.
If you happen to plot the Rayleigh-Jeans formula, you'll find there is no maximum. The shorter the wavelength, the higher the spectral power. This is known as the "ultra-violet catastrophe" and, in the search of a "cure", Planck came up with his famous proposal.

3. Apr 21, 2010