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Madelyn Romberg 1H
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Postby Madelyn Romberg 1H » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:08 pm

How do we detect the electrons whose velocity is zero when the threshold energy and energy of the photon are equal?

Jessica Chen 1F
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Re: Electrons

Postby Jessica Chen 1F » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:44 pm

In the experiment setup, the detector is connected to a polarized electric circuit, meaning there is a positive end and a negative end. Even though the velocity of the electron is 0, it would float up towards the positively charged part of the circuit near the detector (because opposite charges attract) and still hit the detector.

caseygilles 1E
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Re: Electrons

Postby caseygilles 1E » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:50 pm

Although the threshold energy is zero, the detector for the experiment would still be able to detect when an electron is being emitted. The energy is constantly changing due to electrons being emitted, thus the metal will have a slight positive potential due to loss of electrons (even at 0 kinetic energy) which allows the detector to notice loss of electrons even when e(photon)=e(remove e-).

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