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Maximum photocurrent in photoelectric effect

  1. Oct 5, 2003 #1


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    I would like to know why, experimentaly, there is a difference between the maximum photocurrent with a yellow illumination (lambda = 580 nm) and other colors with a lower wavelenght like green or blue, respectively 546 and 404 nm. According to the theory, the max photocurrent does not depend of the wavelenght of the illumination

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  3. Oct 5, 2003 #2
    Don't know what theory you refer to, but it's certainly not quantum theory. Because quantum theory states that longer-wavelength radiation consists of photons with lower energy. Which thus have a smaller chance to kick an electron out of the photoconductor's surface. See here:
    http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/quantumzone/photoelectric.html [Broken]
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