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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 1–2, pp 163–173 | Cite as

Heat flow in relativistic equilibrium thermodynamics

  • Peter L. Kellerman
This Issue Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Wolfgang Yourgrau

Abstract

An attempt is made to clarify a thought experiment introduced by P. T. Landsberg concerning the relativistic heat flow between bodies in relative motion. It is shown that if the problem is analyzed within the covariant thermodynamics developed by R. Balescu, supplemented by the second law of thermodynamics as proposed here, then such heat flow considerations do not fix the transformation of temperature as Landsberg contends. Instead, the transformation of temperature is left as being purely a matter of definition.

Keywords

Heat Flow Relative Motion Equilibrium Thermodynamic Thought Experiment Relativistic Equilibrium 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Kellerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBoston

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