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Statistical Mechanics - Maximum Temperature

  1. Dec 1, 2011 #1
    Statistical Mechanics -- Maximum Temperature

    We know that at zero degrees kelvin the only energy is zero point energy.
    As we heat a substance, the atoms move faster and faster. The question is,
    is there a maximum temperature since the fastest a atom can move is the speed of light?
     
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  3. Dec 1, 2011 #2
    Re: Statistical Mechanics -- Maximum Temperature

    No, because there is no maximum energy for any single particle. It is not defined by the speed. The energy approaches infinity as the speed approaches the speed of light.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2011 #3
    Re: Statistical Mechanics -- Maximum Temperature

    A maximum temperature (Planck temperature) is theorized, but is not due to the speed of light limit.
     
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