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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of thermalize.
  • adj. (of fast neutrons in a nuclear reactor) brought to a lower velocity and kinetic energy by use of a moderator


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  • The reason why it is uncertain is that the society is a very complex system and the consequences of a decision that we can make right now will be "thermalized" - i.e. challenged, compensated, and overcompensated by many, often deliberately opposite decisions in the future.

    The Reference Frame

  • Local thermodynamic equilibrium requires all the energy involved in these energy transitions be 'thermalized' (I think that's the term).


  • As a result CO_2 holds thermalized energy in the IR band readily, and the gas is more opaque to IR photons.

    Scientist Discusses Latest Report of Rising Global Temperatures | Universe Today

  • Useful work can be done by molecules by a direct transfer of stored energy, and thermalized energy cannot be converted into stored energy within the same system, the system being the extent over which thermal and other rapidly exchanging energies equilibrate.

    An Interview with Elisabet Sahtouris

  • Since the outflux equals the influx of radiant heat, that means that at least some of the outgoing radiation must be emitted at a temperature lower than that at which the incoming was thermalized so Q/T is higher.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The point of entropy creation is when the energy gets thermalized, and the higher the temperature of thermalization, the lower the quantity of entropy per unit energy/heat - obviously from the deltaQ/T relation, though it's not intuitive.

    Rabett Run

  • One surprise is that in the initial data, sodium was seen in the spectroscopic data, and Colaprete said sodium exists in the Moon's tenuous atmosphere called the exosphere, and perhaps something got thermalized during the impact excite the sodium atoms to where strong visible emission lines showed up in the data.

    Moon Impact Data and Images from LCROSS: First Glance | Universe Today

  • So the energy is thermalized before it can be re-emitted.

    Feedback in Collins et al 2006 « Climate Audit

  • #44 & 45: The point is that the IR can only penetrate a few microns into the water where it is thermalized and immediately re-radiated to the atmosphere a perfect absorber is a perfect emitter with a thermal “blackbody” spectrum of about 290 K.

    Hansen and Schmidt: Predicting the Past? « Climate Audit

  • When we have added CO2, it will absorb more in the places you mention but the energy absorbed will be thermalized and much of the energy re-emitted into the holes in the IR spectrum and when looked at from space these bands will be augmented over what they would be without the additional CO2.

    Annan on Hegerl et al « Climate Audit


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