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About photoelectric effect and work function

  1. Jan 30, 2013 #1
    If the energy of the photon is less than the work function of the metal, no photoelectric is observed.
    I would like to ask if the photon would be absorbed even if its energy is less than the work function? or the photon would not be absorbed?
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2013 #2

    Drakkith

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    The photon has a chance of being absorbed, yes. If it is absorbed and its energy is less than the work function then it simply adds its energy to the metal, heating it up.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2013 #3
    thank you for ur help, this problem really bothers me a lot =D
     
  5. Jan 30, 2013 #4

    Drakkith

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    What about it bothers you?
     
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