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... an electron is point sized Here you find what John Rennie says about this: Although it's commonly said that fundamental particles are point particles you need to be clear what this means. To measure the size of the particle to within some experimental error d requires the use of a probe with a wavelength of λ=d or less i.e. with an energy of ...


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To answer this question, you'd have to agree on what model of the electron you're talking about. Quantum mechanical? Classical? Electrons can have force exerted on them by electric fields. If this causes the electron to move, then work is done to it. Thus, energy is transfered "to" the electron.


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People say the "electron" releases the energy for shorthand, but once again the energy exchanges in the photoelectric effect have to do with photon energy and the electron's orbital energies.



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