Is temperature quantitised

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Is temperature quantitised
« on: 11/12/2009 17:08:57 »
In experiments with Bose condensates we read of temperatures of a billionth of a K being achieved, can temperature be varied to an infinitesimal degree or is there a quanta of temperature.
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Is temperature quantitised
« Reply #1 on: 11/12/2009 17:17:27 »
Yes. Temperature is related to quanta - always will be too so long as thermodynamical systems are invariant within the spacetime fabric. Quanta is termodynamical, so you could say the vacuum is a thermodynamical sheet of quantum fluctuations :)
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Is temperature quantitised
« Reply #2 on: 12/12/2009 21:18:21 »
In black body radiation the steps are discrete, jumping sort of in a non smooth manner. and as radiation is just another form of describing temperature it seems reasonable to expect temperature to contain the same mechanism. Then again, intuitively I would prefer temperature to be a smooth process but I don't think it is.
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