What is the extent of elements for the photoelectric effect?

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Justin Lau 1D
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What is the extent of elements for the photoelectric effect?

Postby Justin Lau 1D » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:18 am

It seems like generally the photoelectric effect is described to apply to metals, and mostly transition metals like copper to be precise. However, does it also occur with more volatile metals like sodium or magnesium? How about metalloids and solid nonmetals?

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Re: What is the extent of elements for the photoelectric effect?

Postby Clement Ng » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:44 pm

Non metals are not likely to exhibit any photoelectric effect, because only metals have 'spare' electrons available in their outer shells.

Akshay Anand
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Re: What is the extent of elements for the photoelectric effect?

Postby Akshay Anand » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:25 pm

According to Dr. Lavelle, a photoelectric experiment can be done with a non metal, it will just have to be altered to fit that certain substance. However, it's much easier to carry out this experiment on metals, and since it led to many scientific discoveries, Dr. Lavelle goes into detail there the most.


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