Refutation of Stable Thermal Equilibrium Lapse Rates

Guest post by Robert G. Brown Duke University Physics Department The Problem In 2003 a paper was published in Energy & Environment by Hans Jelbring that asserted that a gravitationally bound, adiabatically isolated shell of ideal gas would exhibit a thermodynamically stable adiabatic lapse rate. No plausible explanation was offered for this state being thermodynamically…