The observed behavior in which light falling on certain metals can eject electrons from the surface.

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Can the photoelectric effect be explained without photons?

Lamb 1969 states, A misconception which most physicists acquire in their formative years is that the photoelectric effect requires the quantization of the electromagnetic field for its ...
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How is the Photoelectric Effect affected by Blue-Shifting

I was thinking about the Photoelectric Effect and Blue-Shifting when I came up with a thought experiment that I couldn't think of an answer for. The thought experiment is as follows: A metal plate is ...
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Does Tesla's photoelectric “solar cell” really work?

Tesla patented a device for gathering energy from light, using the photoelectric effect. (US 685,957 - Apparatus for the Utilization of Radiant Energy): Basically just a sheet of "highly polished ...
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Compton scattering vs. photoelectric effect

Say a photon hits some atom. What determines whether there will be a photoelectric effect (photon is absorbed, electron is released) or whether there will be a Compton scattering (the photon is ...
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Does the photoelectric effect obey Ohm's law?

So, I've been reading about the photoelectric effect for my modern physics class, and I was confused about how Ohm's law works in relation to it. Say we have a photoelectric apparatus that simply ...
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How would I calculate the work function of a metal?

In the photoelectric effect, the work function is the minimum amount of energy (per photon) needed to eject an electron from the surface of a metal. Is it possible to calculate this energy from the ...
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Why do electrons in an atom 'fall' back to the ground state?

Why, after absorbing a photon does an atom's electron 'fall' back to its ground state (what causes it to immediately lose its absorbed energy)?
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What if all the electrons leave a metal?

I was studying photoelectric effect. Then I thought that what will happen if all the electrons from a metal piece come out as photoelectrons by using a light source of particular frequency? Will the ...
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Is plant photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels?

Is photosynthesis more efficient than solar panels? If so, by how much?
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Classical (or semi-classical) interpretation of photoelectric effect?

This site says that "it has recently been proven that the photoelectric effect can be interpreted classically (or at least semi-classically) in non-particle, wavelike terms". Is anyone familiar with ...
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Photoelectric effect: Experimental Physics

Suppose you are doing an experiment to determine the work function of a metal.  You get $KE_1$, $\nu_1$ and $KE_2$, $\nu_2$.   We know that $KE = h\nu - W$ but when you solve the simultaneous ...
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Why are there multiple L-edges in X-ray photoionization?

In heavier elements, why are there multiple L-edges in photoionization? In the image below, what do $\rm{L_{I}}$, $\rm{L_{II}}$ and $\rm{L_{III}}$ stand for? In this handout, (page 141 Figure 7.13), ...
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Photomagnetic effect

I just saw an article on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photomagnetic_effect "This article appears to contain unverifiable speculation and unjustified claims. Information must be verifiable ...
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Is Photoelectric Effect continuous or discrete?

I don't understand how electrons and photon interact with each other when a metal surface is illuminated with light. I've read that below a certain threshold frequency or wavelength of light, no ...
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In photo-electric experiment, if the light is exposed to a metal plate for a long enough interval, does the plate become lighter?

I know from the book that electrons will be kicked out from the metal plate if the light of appropriate wavelength is exposed to the metal plate. My mental model says if we let the light expose the ...
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How bright can we make a sun jar?

A sun jar is an object that stores solar energy in a battery and then releases it during dark hours through a led. Assume: a $65cm^2$ solar panel a 12h/12h light/dark cycle insolation of ...
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Is there a way to calculate the photoelectric effect in QED via a Feynman diagram?

The photoelectric effect is the historic origin of the quantum particle description of light. From it we learn that when light is shone onto a metal single photons interact with single electrons in ...
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In famous Einsteins Photoelectric effect, Why does intensity of light doesn't raise the kinetic energy of the emitting electrons?

The work function of any metal is no doubt constant for it is related to electromagnetic attraction between electrons and protons. However on increasing the intensity of any light source the kinetic ...
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What are thermal energy distributions?

I am trying to understand the photoelectric-effect deeply. My teacher used the Planck's law and integrated it to deduce the Stefan-Boltzmann law. He somehow showed some quantum-physical ...
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photoelectric effect

A 1.0 mW laser ($\lambda$ = 590 nm) shines on a cesium photocathode (ϕ = 1.95 eV). Assume an efficiency of $10^{-5}$ for producing photoelectrons (that is, 1 photoelectron is produced for every 10^5 ...
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What happens to a metal plate in the photoelectric effect?

In the photoelectric effect the electrons are supposed to be removed from the plate if light of appropriate wavelength hits the plate. If electrons are removed, the plate should get ionized ...
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Show that a photon cannot transmit its total energy to a free electron. Contradiction with Photoelectric effect?

This is a problem in my textbook and I've shown it this way: $E_{initial}=\frac{hc}{\lambda} + mc^2$ $p_{initial}=h/\lambda$ After collision with photon having zero energy we get ...
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What happens when work function = hf

What happens when the photon which hits a metal surface has energy equal to the work function of that surface? $$\phi = hf$$ I realise the emitted electron will have no kinetic energy after escape, ...
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Ejected Electrons with 0 KE?

So I was taught that: Kinetic Energy (of electron) = Energy (of photon) - Ionization Energy If E(photon) = IE, then KE=0 of the electron. What does this physically/theoretically mean? My current ...
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Stopping potential in the photoelectric effect, collector work function

In this question I am talking about the following situation: Now, I know that the max kinetic energy of the electrons emitted is $KE_{max} = h\nu - e\phi_{em}$ where $\phi_{em}$ is the work ...
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Color of an incident photon?

If the incident light at 360nm causes photoemission of electrons, wouldn't the color be ultraviolet? I know that really isn't a color, but that's what my chart of the light spectrum says. Unless I ...
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Meaning of the first and second laws of the photoelectric effect

I was reading the introduction to quantum mechanics in my physics book and it begins with a discussion of the photoelectric effect and energy quantas. The first law, the one that says that the ...
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Photoelectric effect without light rays

For electromagnetic waves we have the photon association, one imagines light as particles "flying around". What is the analogy for a constant electrical field, one which doesn't change in time ...
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Why don't metals disintergrate in light?

I've been learning about photoelectricity. An electron can gain the energy from a single photon, and if that energy is greater than the work function of the metal the electron can leave the metal. ...
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Direction of Photo Electron Emission

I was looking for information on how the photo electrons are emitted when under X-ray radiation. In this ancient review paper here http://authors.library.caltech.edu/1551/1/WATpr28.pdf they state that ...
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Relationship between stopping potential and work function

Suppose I have a cathode with a work function of 3eV and an anode at a potential of 2V above the cathode. If a photon having 2eV of energy hits the cathode, what happens? A. An electron is emitted ...
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Color of a Metal's Threshold Wavelength?

How do I find the color of the threshold wavelength if the metal has a threshold wavelength of $\mathrm{6.5\times 10^{-7}m}$? I know that converts down to $\mathrm{650\ nm}$, but can I still use the ...
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How to distinguish Shake-Up Satellites from Plasmons?

I am studying XPS spectra (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) at the moment. In XPS, different processes can influence the final state energy of detected electrons. One of these processes is the ...
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Photoelectric effect stopping potential

$q_eV_s = hf - \phi$ My question is... suppose we are testing the photoelectric effect. One plate is illuminated. We have applied the stopping potential. Suppose an electron leaves one plate with $KE ...
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Energy loss in the photoelectric effect

If a photon hits an electron with an energy that is less than the energy required to change the energy level of an electron, what happens to the energy of the photon (is it not absorbed and just pass ...
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What happens to the absorbed light energy?

When light comes across with a solid material, some of it is reflected, some of it passes through and some of it is absorbed. I understand the reflection and passing through, but I don't understand ...
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Is energy exchange quantized?

In the photoelectric effect there is a threshold frequency that must be exceeded, to observe any electron emission, I have two questions about this. I) Lower than threshold: What happen with lesser ...
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Photoelectric effect: Why does monochromatic radiation produces photoelectron with a spread of velocities?

Recall that in photoelectric effect, $V = \frac{hf}{e} - \frac{Wo}{e}$. The incident photon with frequency f produces an electron with energy eV. This should result in a single velocity, why is there ...
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What is retardation effect?

I have in my book a passage which states: "We also remark that the dipole approximation (obtained by setting $\exp(i \textbf{k} \cdot \textbf{r}) = 1$ in the matrix element Eq. #) yields the leading ...
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Is photoelectric emission same as ionization or are they different?

According to my book the mechanism of ionization is: "If an atom absorbs enough energy so that an electron is raised to the highest energy level the electron becomes free of the atom i.e. ionization ...
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Is a vacuum needed in photoelectric effect?

This question was asked to me. My first thought was that electrons may ionise the air and potential difference that was applied may increase or decrease the current which should have been observed. ...
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What is the relation between photoelectric current and frequency of incident light?

I googled it a bit and found that photoelectric current is independent of frequency(of incident light). Some further look revealed that actually "saturation current" is independent of frequency.I ...
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CCD's and the photoelectric effect

Do charge coupled devices as found in telescopes use the photoelectric effect if not what eles librates the electons. Also what is charge intergration in reation to CCD's.
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What causes the Fermi Tail in Photoelectric effect?

I did a Photoelectric effect experiment, with this setup (schematic): Figure 1 Scheme of the setup The kathode is made of Potassium. Light is passing through the monochromator and on the kathode. ...
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The probability of electron-hole pair recombination as a function of physical proximity

When we shine line of an appropriate wavelength at a metal, e.g. gold, such that there is sufficient energy to promote an electron from the valence band to the conduction band, we'll generate with ...
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Unusual observation in photoelectric effect simulation

I was studying a photoelectric simulation (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric) and I observed a really unusual thing. When I held intensity and potential at a constant value and then ...
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Why 'max' in $hf=\phi+{1\over{2}}mv_\text{max}^2$?

The equation for the photoelectric effect is $$hf=\phi+{1\over{2}}mv_{\text{max}}^2$$ How does this make sense given that $hf$ describes a single photon and ${1\over{2}}mv_{\text{max}}^2$ describes ...
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Doubt in solving question related to photoelectric effect?

Question:- When a beam of $1.06eV$ photon of intensity = $2.0 W/m^2$, falls on a platinum surface of area $1.0*10^{-4}m^2$, and work function $5.6eV$, $0.53$% of incident photons ejected photo ...
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Finding the maximum kinetic energy of any photoelectrons?

An incident photon, $f=5.5\times 10^{14}\ Hz$, hits a metal with a work function of $2.8\ eV$. Find the maximum kinetic energy of any photo-electrons (in Joules). I'm confused exactly how to do ...
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Specific electron energy gap values $E_{i+1}-E_i$ vs. photons with arbitrary energy $\hbar \omega$

The energy levels of electrons in an atom are quantized $E_i$. A photon of a specific momentum $\vec p$ and energy $$\omega=(E_{i+1}-E_i)/\hbar$$ hits an atom and gets absorbed. Okay now say the ...