Gedanken experiment


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Gedanken experiment

[ge′däŋk·ən ik‚sper·ə·mənt]
(physics)
A hypothetical (“thought”) experiment which is possible in principle and is analyzed (but not performed) to test some hypothesis. Also known as thought experiment.
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When properly analyzed, Gedanken experiments reveal that Kirchhoff's law of the thermal emission cannot be valid.
1) is actually based on a modification of a gedanken experiment proposed originally by Wheeler [23].
Consider the scheme of a Gedanken experiment for a measuring cell filled with a gas (Fig.
Further insight relative to cavity radiation II: Gedanken experiments and Kirchhoff's law.