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Why wave theory cannot explain photoelectric effect and provides evidence for particle nature of light?

I am able to understand how light can be modeled to have wave characteristics from Young's double slit experiment. But I am unable to comprehend how we can understand light to have particle ...
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How energy of a photon or EM wave has something to do with frequency?

While I was thinking what exactly meant by energy in quantum mechanics, I was quite shocked by the fact that it is proportional to frequency. $$E=hf$$ Given the fundamental definition of energy in ...
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Do photons have relativistic mass?

I am conducting research on photons and was wondering if they have relativistic mass. I already know that they they have zero rest mass. Any answers are welcome!
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Examples of “pseudo quantum effects” in history of physics

Are there any examples in the history of physics where a phenomenon was considered by the physics community to be not explainable by classical physics and needed a quantum explanation whereas some ...
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Is a purely classical description of lasers possible?

Laser action is usually described in terms of photons and stimulated emission. In 1972, Borenstein and Lamb published a paper* claiming that lasers can be described classically on the basis of ...
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Photoelectric effect as proof of the particle-like nature of photons

Why is the photoelectric effect cited as an example of a particle-like nature of photons? The photon's not physically knocking off the electron, right? It's supplying energy to break the bond, hence ...
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Wave-like description of Compton scattering and photoelectric effect

I have found in the wikipedia page for QFT the following statement: ... Although the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering strongly suggest the existence of the photon, it is now understood ...
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Why not use this experiment to test gravity's quantum properties?

If a heavy object $X$ is in superposition, let's say, at two places "at the same time", to which point is the gravitational pull of that object directed to? This can probably not be answered without ...
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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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How does photoelectric effect prove that light is also a particle?

I was watching this experiment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-1zjdUTu0o) which demonstrates the photoelectric effect, but it does not make any sense to me how it proves light as a particle instead ...
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Quantization and wave-particle dualism of light

I'm studying atomic spectras and got puzzled about light-quantization. I'll expose my effort to understand it so far. Blackbody radiation Around the year $1900$ Planck explained blackbody radiation ...
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Photoelectric effect and photons: what suggests a particle nature if we only measure resulting current? [duplicate]

I'm fairly noobish over here, but delving into the details of the major experiments. The particle nature of a photon has me stumped though. So hopefully there is already an explanation to this I have ...
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classical physics and photoelectric effect

Why did classical physics failed to explain the fact that in photoelectric effect, there is a threshold frequency value below which the effect does not occur? I not sure if my answer actually ...
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Why do electrons eject only if the frequency of incident ray is greater than the threshold frequency? [closed]

Why do the electrons start moving even if the dim light (less intense) of a specific frequency falls on the material ?
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Light behaves as a particle or wave in this thought experiment?

Consider a metal plate, on which a light of appropriate wavelength is incident such that it creates an interference pattern. The wavelength is chosen such that it can cause detectable photo-electric ...

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