Wien's displacement law

Description

Wien’s displacement law states that the black body radiation curve for different temperature peaks at a wavelength that is inversely proportional to the temperature. The shift of that peak is a direct consequence of the Planck radiation law, which describes the spectral brightness of black body radiation as a function of wavelength at any given temperature. However, it had been discovered by Wilhelm Wien several years before Max Planck developed that more general equation, and describes the entire shift of the spectrum of black body radiation toward shorter wavelengths as temperature increases.

Formally, Wien’s displacement law states that the spectral radiance of black body radiation per unit wavelength, peaks at the wavelength λmax given by the shown fomrula.

Related formulas

Variables

λmaxwavelength where spectral radiance of black body radiation peaks (m)
bWien wavelength displacement law constant
Tthe absolute temperature (K)