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# Photo Electric Effect: Example Numerical Problems

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PHOTO ELECTRIC EFFECT

EXAMPLE 7.2

A radiationof wavelength 300 nm is incident on a silver surface. Will photoelectrons be observed?

Solution:

Energy of the incident photon is

E = hv = hc/╬╗ (in joules)

E = hc/╬╗e (in eV)

Substituting the known values, we get

E = 6.626├Ś10ŌłÆ34 ├Ś3├Ś108 / 300├Ś10ŌłÆ9 ├Ś1.6├Ś10ŌłÆ19

E = 4.14 eV

From Table 7.1, the work function of silver = 4.7 eV. Since the energy of the incident photon is less than the work function of silver, photoelectrons are not observed in this case.

EXAMPLE 7.3

When light of wavelength 2200├ģ falls on Cu, photo electrons are emitted from it. Find (i) the threshold wavelength and (ii) the stopping potential. Given: the work function for Cu is ŽĢ0 = 4.65 eV.

Solution

i) The threshold wavelength is given by = 2672 ├ģ

ii) Energy of the photon of wavelength 2200 ├ģ is = 9.035├Ś10ŌłÆ19 J = 5.65 eV

We know that kinetic energy of fastest photo electron is

Kmax = hv ŌĆō ŽĢ0 = 5.65 ŌĆō 4.65

= 1 eV

From equation (7.3), Kmax = eV0

V0 = Kmax/e 1├Ś1.6├Ś10ŌłÆ19 / 1.6├Ś10ŌłÆ19

Therefore, stopping potential = 1V

### EXAMPLE 7.4

The work function of potassium is 2.30 eV. UV light of wavelength 3000 ├ģ and intensity 2 Wm-2 is incident on the potassium surface. i) Determine the maximum kinetic energy of the photo electrons  ii) If 40% of incident photons produce photo electrons, how many electrons are emitted per second if the area of the potassium surface is 2 cm2 ?

### Solution

i) The energy of the photon is

E = hc/╬╗

= 6.626├Ś10ŌłÆ34 ├Ś 3├Ś108 / 3000├Ś10ŌłÆ10

E = 6.626├Ś10ŌłÆ19 J = 4.14 eV

Maximum KE of the photoelectrons is

Kmax = hv ŌĆō ŽĢ0 = 4.14 ŌĆō 2.30 = 1.84 eV

ii) The number of photons reaching the surface per second is

np = P/E  ├Ś A

= [ 2 / 6.626├Ś10ŌłÆ19 ] ├Ś [2├Ś10ŌłÆ4]

= 6.04├Ś1014 photons / sec

The rate of emission of photoelectrons is

= (0.40)np = 0.4├Ś6.04├Ś1014

= 2.415┬┤1014 photoelectrons / sec

### EXAMPLE 7.5

Light of wavelength 390 nm is directed at a metal electrode. To find the energy of electrons ejected, an opposing potential difference is established between it and another electrode. The current of photoelectrons from one to the other is stopped completely when the potential difference is 1.10 V. Determine i) the work function of the metal and ii) the maximum wavelength of light that can eject electrons from this metal.

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