I have been recently studying the photoelectric effect and electron emission from metals. I am curious about how (if at all) this could affect the material properties of the metal, like the resistivity or stress/strain.
The process itself doesn't affect the materials property that much, especially on metals. However, if one were to do this on less conducting materials such as semiconductors and even, in some instances, insulators, then one may encounter charging effects. This is where the material is momentarily charged and could not neutralize itself before the next electron emission occurs. This will slightly change the surface band structure and even the work function. However, in terms of structural changes, this is not a factor.tarunjot said:so doesn't photoelectric effect, affect any of the material properties at all??
electron emission..such vibrations and all.. any other characeristic changes occuring??