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Through the photoelectric effect among many others we learn that light is actually comprised of discreet quanta of energy. That's because of the energy of the emitted electrons as well as the minimum frequency of incident light that is able to start the process. A photon of frequency (energy) less than the threshold frequency is not able to free the electron from the surface. However if the required energy to free the electron was greater than this frequency by an integral value why couldn't the electron simply absorb two photons or three photons (or any required number of photons) so as to be released? In this case even with frequencies lesser than the threshold frequency there would be photoelectric effect.