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Help with photoelectric effect

  1. Apr 21, 2003 #1
    how can i use photoelectric effect to do a in class presentation. hoe can i exploit this phenomenan to make something meaningful from physics point of view. please give appropriate suggestions.
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  3. Apr 21, 2003 #2
    Is the photoelectric effect the same as a photoconductive effect? If so, I have an idea.
  4. Apr 22, 2003 #3
    You could try to make a very simple solar cell. Find a metal with a very low work functin, shape it into a parabola, shine a light onto it, and put something to pick up the ejected electrons at the focus and use it to make a christmas light shine or something. Of course this makes an assumption I'm not sure I'm totally justified in making. I know that if you were to shine light in a parabola it would reflect and go to the focus, however I don't know that I can assume the ejected electrons would travel with the same trajectory? Also I don't know what you could use to collect the emitted electrons and put them through a wire. Perhpas someone smarter could help.
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