Tag Archives: thermodynamics

QM vs Waves vs “Photon Rectifiers”

Can an IR PV panel be made that produces some electricity from the black body radiation of a room temperature object? Thermodynamics seems to say no, while Quantum Mechanics would imply yes, given my limited understanding of both. Continue reading

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Pulsating Heat Pipes

If we can’t understand a simple tube half full of liquid, how can we understand a spherical planetary system of several interacting fluids, solids, and with variable heat flux inputs? Continue reading

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