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Help on KE of photoelectron emmision

  1. Aug 12, 2008 #1
    'light of wavelength 180nm falls on an aluminium surface. the work funct is 4.2eV.
    what is the KE of the fastest and slowest emmited photoelectrons?
    Also the cutoff wavelength for the Aluminium?
    i only need the right equations an a little guidance as i myt aswell be a complete novice.

    i have worked out what i think is the max KE as 2.69eV

    using KE max = hf - W (w as the work funct)
     
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  3. Aug 12, 2008 #2

    Kurdt

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    The second part asks for kinetic energy of the slowest emitted electrons. What do you imagine is the slowest speed an electron can be emitted? The cutoff wavelength is just that wavelength that provides the same energy of the work function.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2008 #3
    so i use the work funct equation an work backwards to get the threshold freq an then the cut off wavelength?

    and for the min KE use the threshold freq?
     
  5. Aug 12, 2008 #4

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    exactly! :smile:
     
  6. Aug 12, 2008 #5
    thank you so much!
     
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