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Who first observed the photoelectric effect?

Heinrich Hertz

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What is the photoelectric effect?

A metal can emit electrons if illuminated by electromagnetic radiation under specific conditions.

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What does the photoelectric effect depend on?

-Frequency
-Wavelength

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What doesn't the photoelectric effect depend on?

Intensity

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What is the relationship between max kinetic energy of the emitted electrons and light intensity?

They are independent of each other.

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What is the time delay between the light striking the metal and the first electrons being emitted?

There is no delay.

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How is the photoelectric effect demonstrated?

-A metal plate is placed on top of a negatively charged golden leaf electroscope.
-If the EM radiation releases electrons, the metal will become positively charged.
-Electrons then move up the electroscope so the gold foil within will return to a vertical position.

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Who developed the solution to the photoelectric effect problems?

Einstein and Planck

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What were the three problems with the photoelectric effect?

-The ability of a metal to emit electrons didn't depend on intensity.
-The kinetic energy of the electrons is unaffected by the intensity.
-No time delay was observed.

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What was Planck's theory regarding the photoelectric effect?

Energy was quantised (ie. discrete not continuous)

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How did Einstein develop Planck's work on the photoelectric effect?

He showed that EM radiation could be considered as quanta of energy called photons.

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What is a photon?

A quanta of electromagnetic radiation.

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What has modern physics discovered about the properties of EM radiation?

It can also have particle like properties.

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How is the energy carried by a photon calculated?

E = hf

Or

E = hc / λ

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What led to the theory of wave particle duality?

-Interference and diffraction can only occur with waves.
-The photoelectric effect can only occur with particles.

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How are Joules converted into electron volts?

Energy in J = energy in eV x 1.60x10^-19

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How are electron volts converted into Joules?

Energy in eV = energy in J / 1.60x10^-19

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What is the energy carried by an EM wave dependent on?

Frequency or wavelength

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In terms of the photoelectric effect, where do electrons within a metal sit?

In a potential energy well.

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What is the work function of a metal?

The minimum energy required to remove an electron from the surface of a metal.

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What happens when a photon collides with an electron in a metal?

The photon transfers all of its energy to the electron so the photon is absorbed.

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How long does the absorption of a photon into a metal surface take?

The process is instantaneous.

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How many photons can electron absorb?

An electron can only absorb one photon.

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What is the threshold frequency?

The lowest of EM radiation that will emit electrons from the surface of the metal.

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How is threshold frequency calculated?

fT = ϕ/ h

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How is the maximum kinetic energy of a photoelectron calculated?

Ek = hf - ϕ

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What does Ek represent?

Maximum kinetic energy

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Why doesn't intensity affect the Ek of emitted electrons?

-hf remains constant
-More photons are emitted meaning more electrons are emitted but with the same Ek.

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Why isn't there a time lag between the EM radiation striking the metal and the electron being emitted?

The energy from the photon is transferred instantly so the electron can escape instantly.

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When drawing a graph of Ek against f, what will the gradient equal?

Planck's constant