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Unit keV

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:49 pm
by Michael Du 1E
What does the unit keV stand for? Saw this unit on problem B5, did Professor Lavelle ever introduce this in the lectures?

Re: Unit keV

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:04 pm
by Baoying Li 1B
In the unit "keV", "k" stands for kilo(10^3) and "eV" stands for electron volt, a unit of energy equal to the energy acquired by an electron in being accelerated through a potential difference of 1 volt. Therefore, "keV" is kilo-electron volt. For problem 1B5, you will need to convert "keV" to "J". 1 eV = 1.602 x 10^-19J

Re: Unit keV

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:12 pm
by Brynne Burrows 3K
Here is the conversion from keV to J:
E = (140.11*10^3 eV)*(1.6022*10^-19 J/eV) = 2.2513*10^-14 J

Re: Unit keV

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:30 pm
by Victor James 4I
Does the eV unit relate to the work function (can someone also identify what the work function is)?

Re: Unit keV

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:12 am
by Nicholas_Gladkov_2J
Michael Du 3J wrote:What does the unit keV stand for? Saw this unit on problem B5, did Professor Lavelle ever introduce this in the lectures?


KeV stands of Kilo electronvolt.
To convert you just need to know:
1) 1 kilo- is equal to 1000 base units (in this case eV).
2) 1eV is equal to 1.60218x10^-19 joules

I don't remember that they had an example in the textbook's section or displayed the conversion of these units, so I was confused as well.