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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2007) Experimental realization of Wheeler's delayed-choice Gedanken Experiment (LPQM), Science 315, 5814 (2007) 966, 10.
This gedanken experiment and Planck's statement point to a direct contradiction of Kirchhoff's law, as the radiation within all cavities is supposed to be black, independent of the nature of the walls.
In this work, the variable nature of cavity radiation is affirmed by addressing a Gedanken experiment which is often invoked to justify Kirchhoff's law, either in the classroom or within textbooks.
The method we had used as a gedanken experiment to send N light pulses is depicted via the Fig.
1) is actually based on a modification of a gedanken experiment proposed originally by Wheeler [23].