1911. 1st Edition. Full volume. FIRST EDITION OF A PAPER BY PLANCK MARKING “THE BIRTH OF THE CONCEPT OF ZERO-POINT ENERGY (Miloni, The Quantum Vacuum: An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics, 10). “The concept of zero-point energy has its roots in a reformulation of the original version of quantum theory proposed by Max Planck in 1900. The revised version was presented in a series of works from 1911 to 1913” – first of those works is offered here. (Kragh, Prelude to Dark Energy Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Vol. 66, No. 3 (May 2012), 7). The revised version of Planck’s quantum theory is known as Planck’s second quantum theory of radiation. Note: As said, Planck wrote three papers on this subject. We offer separately all three of those papers bound together in a separate listing.
“In Planck’s second quantum theory, his modified statistical approach created a small artifact: No matter the temperature of an object, and no matter the color of light one examined, there [was] always an extra little “chunklet” equal to half of one quantum of energy. It was a trifle and could largely be ignored in most cases… [but] the effect, the ‘zero-point energy,’ [was] real. It described a sort of very low-level but ubiquitous seething of energy,” a very small but real electromagnetic energy that is present even at absolute zero temperature due to the random creation of virtual particle/antiparticle pairs (Brown, Planck, Driven by Vision, 218). The phenomenon is the result of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and the understanding of this phenomenon is the basis for the development of quantum electrodynamics (QED).
When, in 1911 – and in the first paper offered -- Planck modified his quantum, he assumed that the emission of radiation is quantized but the absorption is not. While Einstein interpreted quantization as the quantization of energy within an electromagnetic field, “Planck, however, took the quantization merely as an epiphenomenon caused by the limitations of the resonators’ oscillatory modes, which emit the electromagnetic energy. Accordingly, the energy quantization was just a consequence of those releases of energy, artificially produced packet-wise, so to speak, by the resonators, whereas the transmitting fields themselves could have any arbitrary energy” (Hentschel, Photons, 23).
ALSO INCLUDED: Laue, Max von, “Ein Beispiel zur Dynamik der Relativitätstheorie” [An Example Concerning the Dynamics of the Theory of Relativity], pp. 513-518. Item #1393
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Eine neue Strahlungshypothese (1911)
Über die Begründung des Gesetzes der schwarzen Strahlung (1912)
Über die Begründung des Gesetzes der schwarzen Strahlung (1913).