Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Plank, Max

  • Fernando B. Figueiredo
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_5273-3


Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858–1947) was a German physicist Nobel laureate in 1918 by his discovery of energy quanta. He postulates that the energy did not flow in a steady continuum but in discrete packets or quanta. He established a relationship between the energy (E) radiated from a heated body and the frequency of that radiation (ν): E = hν (where h is known as Planck’s constant and has the value 6.62606957 × 10−34 Js).

The NASA/ESA partnership space mission, which was launched on May 14, 2009, was designed to measure the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) over a broad range of far-infrared wavelengths.

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Line Emission Cosmic Microwave Background Space Mission Energy Quantum 
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  1. 1.CITEUCUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal