3b on Quantum Test


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3b on Quantum Test

Postby Samantha Chang 2K » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:17 am

3b) in the second experiment if the same threshold voltage is applied to the mercury lamp(that is now significantly contaminated by atoms with a higher threshold energy) what will happen to the intensity of the light emitted?
Will the intensity not be affected? I have a hard time conceptually grasping this concept and the reason why.

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Re: 3b on Quantum Test

Postby 904936893 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:32 pm

The intensity of the light will decrease (i.e. the lamp will be dimmer). This is because there are now atoms that have a higher threshold energy in the lamp. So, the voltage energy being emitted is not sufficient enough to excite these atoms with a higher threshold energy, to the next energy level, and no light will be emitted from those atoms. Therefore the light will be dimmer.

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Re: 3b on Quantum Test

Postby 405112316 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:56 pm

The speed does not change as intensity increases. Since photons have particle properties, they can only eject one electron at a time. Increasing intensity will only increase the amount of electrons ejected.


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