Photons and Photoelectric effect


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David Minasyan 1C
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Photons and Photoelectric effect

Postby David Minasyan 1C » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:48 am

Conservation of momentum and conservation of energy imply that when a photon hits an electron on the surface of a metal with enough energy to eject it, the electron would conserve both the energy of momentum; however, if a photon has no mass - by which mv (momentum) and .5mv^2 (kinetic energy) equal 0 - where is that energy coming from? Does this have anything to do with the quantized energy of light?

Ivy Lu 1C
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Re: Photons and Photoelectric effect

Postby Ivy Lu 1C » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:16 am

Photons don't have mass so you wouldn't really be able to use the equation p=mv. Sorry, the first time I read that as proton.
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Maeve Gallagher 1J
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Re: Photons and Photoelectric effect

Postby Maeve Gallagher 1J » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:40 pm

yeah! Protons have mass so you can use the momentum formula p=mv, using the mass and velocity of a proton.

David Minasyan 1C
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Re: Photons and Photoelectric effect

Postby David Minasyan 1C » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:42 pm

Oh I thought they didn't. Okay cool


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