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Homework Help: Photoelectric effect electron angular distribution

  1. Oct 9, 2007 #1
    With respect to the photoelectric effect conservation of momentum, it is clear that the lattice plays a major role, and therefore the outgoing electron doesn't necessarily follows the photon's direction of incidence. However, the photon's direction of incidence plays some role in shaping the angular distribution of the outgoing electrons.
    I would appreciate if someone could comment (quantitatively) on how the direction of incidence of a beam of photons on a flat thin metal plate affects the angular distribution of the outgoing electrons.
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