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Quantization of Charge, Light, and Energy

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Discovery of the X-Ray and the ElectronDiscovery of the X-Ray and the Electron Determination of Electron ChargeDetermination of Electron Charge Line SpectraLine Spectra QuantizationQuantization Blackbody RadiationBlackbody Radiation Photoelectric EffectPhotoelectric Effect X-Ray ProductionX-Ray Production Compton EffectCompton Effect Pair Production and AnnihilationPair Production and Annihilation CHAPTER 3 Prelude to Quantum Theory We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up until now, or that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future. An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out. - Max Planck Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858-1947)

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1. Quantization of Electric Charge; 1. Quantization of Electric Charge; 2. Blackbody Radiation; 2. Blackbody Radiation; 3. The Photoelectric Effect 3. The Photoelectric Effect 4. X-rays and the Compton Effect. 4. X-rays and the Compton Effect.

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Three great quantization discoveries: 1. Quantization of Electrical Charge 2. Quantization of Light Energy 3. Quantization of energy of Oscillating Mechanical System

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Quantization of Electric Charge Early measurements of e and e/m. The first estimates of the magnitude of electric charges found in atoms were obtained from Faraday’s law. Faraday passed a direct current through weakly conducting solutions and observed the subsequent liberation of the components of the solution on electrodes. Faraday discovered that the same quantity of electricity, F, called latter one faraday, and equal to about 96,500 C, always decomposed 1 gram-ionic weight of monovalent ions.

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Quantization of Electric Charge 1F (one faraday) = 96,500C 1F decomposed 1gram-ionic weight of monovalent ions. Example: If 96,500 C passes through a solution of NaCl, 23g of Na appears at the cathode and 35.5g of Cl appears at the anode. 1F =N A e - Faradays Law of Electrolysis where N A – Avogadro’s number where N A – Avogadro’s number e – minimum amount of charge, that was called an electron

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Discovery of the the Electron In the 1890s scientists and engineers were familiar with “cathode rays.” These rays were generated from one of the metal plates in an evacuated tube with a large electric potential across it. It was surmised that cathode rays had something to do with atoms. It was known that cathode rays could penetrate matter and were deflected by magnetic and electric fields. J. J. Thomson (1856-1940) Wilhelm Röntgen (1845-1923)

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Discovery of electron: Thomson’s Experiment. Many studies of electrical discharges in gases were done in the late 19th century. It was found that the ions responsible for gaseous conduction carried the same charge as did those in electrolysis. J.J. Thomson in 1897 used crossed electric and magnetic fields in his famous experiment to deflect the cathode-rays. In this way he verified that cathode-rays must consist of charged particles. By measuring the deflection of these particles Thomson showed that all the particles have the same charge-to-mass ratio q/m. He also showed that particles with this charge-to-mass ratio can be obtained using any material for a source, which means that this particles, now called electrons, are a fundamental consistent of all matter.

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Thomson’s Cathode-Ray Experiment Thomson used an evacuated cathode-ray tube to show that the cathode rays were negatively charged particles (electrons) by deflecting them in electric and magnetic fields. Thomson used an evacuated cathode-ray tube to show that the cathode rays were negatively charged particles (electrons) by deflecting them in electric and magnetic fields.

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Thomson’s method of measuring the ratio of the electron’s charge to mass was to send electrons through a region containing a magnetic field perpendicular to an electric field. Thomson’s Experiment: e/m J. J. Thomson

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Thomson’s tube for measuring e/m. Electrons from the cathode C pass through the slits at A and B and strike a phosphorescent screen. The beam can be deflected by an electric field between plates D and E or by magnetic field. From measurements of the deflections measured on a scale on the tube’s screen, e/m can be determined.

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Crossed electric and magnetic fields. When a negative particle moves to the right the particle experience a downward magnetic force F B =qvB and an upward electric force F E =qE. If these forces are balanced, the speed of the particle is related to the field strengths by v=E/B q - _ F E =qE F B =qvB - F E =F B qE = qvB

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Thomson’s Experiment In his experiment Thomson adjusted E ┴ B so that the particles were undeflected. This allowed him determine the initial speed of the particle u =E/B. He then turned off the B field and measured the deflection of the particles on the screen.

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Deflection of the Electron Beam. Deflection of the beam is shown with the top plate positive. Thomson used up to 200 V between the plates. A magnetic field was applied perpendicular to the plane of the diagram directed into the page to bend the beam back down to its undeflected position.

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With the magnetic field turned off, the beam are deflected by an amount y=y 1 +y 2. y 1 occurs while the electrons are between the plates, y 2 after electrons leave the region between the plates. Lets x 1 be the horizontal distance across the deflection plates. If the electron moves horizontally with speed v 0 when it enters the region between the plates, the time spent between the plates is t 1 =x 1 /v 0, and the vertical component of velocity when it leaves the plates is where E y is the upward component of electric field. The deflection y 1 is:

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The electron then travels an additional horizontal distance x 2 in the field-free region from the deflection plates to the screen. Since the velocity of the electron is constant in this region, the time to reach the screen is t 2 =x 2 /v 0, and the additional vertical deflection is:

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The total deflection at screen is therefore This equation cab be used to determine the charge to- mass ratio q/m from measured deflection y.

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Millikan’s oil-drop experiment Determination of Electron Charge Robert Andrews Millikan (1868 – 1953) Millikan was able to show that electrons had a particular charge.Millikan was able to show that electrons had a particular charge.

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Calculation of the oil drop charge Millikan used an electric field to balance gravity and suspend a charged oil drop:Millikan used an electric field to balance gravity and suspend a charged oil drop: e = 1.602 x 10 -19 C Thousands of experiments showed that there is a basic quantized electron charge: Turning off the electric field, Millikan noted that the drop mass, m drop, could be determined from Stokes’ relationship of the terminal velocity, v t, to the drop density, , and the air viscosity, : and Drop radius:

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Example Electrons pass undeflected through the plates of Thomson’s apparatus when the electric field is 3000 V/m and there is a crossed magnetic field of 1.40 G. If the plates are 4-cm long and the ends of the plates are 30 cm from the screen, find the deflection on the screen when the magnetic field is turned off. m e =9.11 x 10 -31 kg; m e =9.11 x 10 -31 kg; q=e=-1.6 x 10 -19 C

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The Mass Spectrometer The mass spectrometer, first designed by Francis William Aston in 1919, was developed as a means of measuring the masses of isotopes. Such measurements are important in determining both the presence of isotopes and their abundance in nature. For example, natural magnesium has been found to consist of 78.7 % 24 Mg; 10.1% 25 Mg; and 11.2% 26 Mg. These isotopes have masses in the approximate ratio 24:25:26.

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Schematic drawing of a mass spectrometer. Positive ions from an ion source are accelerated through a potential difference ΔV and enter a uniform magnetic field. The magnetic field is out of the plane of the page as indicated by the dots. The ions are bent into a circular arc and emerge at P 2 (a plane of photographic plate or another ion detector). The radius of the circle is proportional to the mass of the ion The ions are bent into a circular arc and emerge at P 2 (a plane of photographic plate or another ion detector). The radius of the circle is proportional to the mass of the ion

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The Mass Spectrometer In the ion source positive ions are formed by bombarding neutral atoms with X-rays or a beam of electrons. (Electrons are knock out of the atoms by the X-rays or bombarding electrons). These ions are accelerating by an electric field and enter a uniform magnetic field. If the positive ions start from rest and move through a potential difference ΔV, the ions kinetic energy when they enter the magnetic field equals their loss in potential energy, q|ΔV|:

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The ions move in a semicircle of radius R. The velocity of the particle is perpendicular to the magnetic field. The magnetic force provides the centripetal acceleration v 2 /R in circular motion. We will use Newton’s second low to relate the radius of semicircle to the magnetic field and the speed of the particle. If the velocity of the particle is v, the magnitude of the net force is qvB, since v and B are perpendicular.

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The Mass Spectrometer The speed v can be eliminate from equations and Substituting this for v 2 : Simplifying and solving for (m/q):

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Separating Isotopes of Nickel A 58 Ni ion charge + e and mass 9.62 x 10 -26 kg is accelerated through a potential drop of 3 kV and deflected in a magnetic field of 0.12T. (a) Find the radius of curvature of the orbit of the ion. (b) Find the difference in the radii of curvature of 58 Ni ions and 60 Ni ions. (assume that the mass ratio is 58:60).

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Blackbody Radiation One unsolved puzzle in physics in late nineteen century was the spectral distribution of so called cavity radiation, also referred to as blackbody radiation. It was shown by Kirchhoff that the most efficient radiator of electromagnetic waves was also a most efficient absorber. A “perfect” absorber would be one that absorbed all incident radiation. Since no light would be reflected it is called a blackbody.

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A small hole in the wall of the cavity approximating an ideal blackbody. Electromagnetic radiation (for example, light) entering the hole has little chance of leaving before it is completely adsorbed within the cavity.

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Blackbody Radiation As the walls of the cavity absorb this incoming radiation, their temperature rises and the body begin to irradiate. A blackbody is a cavity within a material that only emits thermal radiation. Incoming radiation is absorbed in the cavity. Blackbody radiation is theoretically interesting because the radiation properties of the blackbodyare independent of the particular material. Physicists can study the properties of irradiated intensity versus wavelength at fixed temperatures. Blackbody radiation is theoretically interesting because the radiation properties of the blackbody are independent of the particular material. Physicists can study the properties of irradiated intensity versus wavelength at fixed temperatures.

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Radiation emitted by the object at temperature T that passed through the slit is dispersed according to its wavelength. The prism shown would be an appropriate device for that part of the emitted radiation in the visible region. In other spectral regions other types of devices or wavelength-sensitive detectors would be used.

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Spectral distribution function R(λ) measured at different temperatures. The R(λ) axis is in arbitrary units for comparison only. Notice the range in λ of the visible spectrum. The Sun emits radiation very close to that of a blackbody at 5800 K. λ m is indicated for the 5000-K and 6000-K curves.

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Wien’s Displacement Law The spectral intensity R(λ, T) is the total power irradiated per unit area per unit wavelength at a given temperature. Wien’s displacement law: The maximum of the spectrum shifts to smaller wavelengths as the temperature is increased.

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Wien’s Displacement Law λ m T = constant = (2.898 x 10 -3 )m ·K Example: The wavelength at the peak of the spectral distribution for a blackbody at 4300 K is 674 nm (red). What would be the temperature of the blackbody that have the peak in intensity at 420 nm (violet)? Example: The wavelength at the peak of the spectral distribution for a blackbody at 4300 K is 674 nm (red). What would be the temperature of the blackbody that have the peak in intensity at 420 nm (violet)? Solution: From the Wien’s law, we have Solution: From the Wien’s law, we have λ 1 T 1 = λ 2 T 2 (674 x 10 -9 m)(4300 K) = (420 x 10 -9 m)(T 2 ) T 2 =6900 K

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This law is used to determine the surface temperatures of stars by analyzing their radiation. It can also be used to map out the variation in temperature over different regions of the surface of an object. Such a map is called thermograph. For example thermograph can be used to detect cancer because cancerous tissue results in increased circulation which produce a slight increase in skin temperature.

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Radiation From the Sun. The radiation emitted by the surface of the sun emits maximum power at wavelength of about 500 nm. Assuming the sun to be a blackbody emitter, (a) what is it surface temperature? (b) Calculate λ max for a blackbody at room temperature, T=300 K.

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Blackbody Radiation In 1879, the Austrian physicist J.Stefan first measured the total amount of radiation emitted by blackbody at all wavelengths and found it varied with absolute temperature. It was latter explained through a theoretical derivation by Boltzman, so the result became known as the Stefan- Boltzman radiation Law: The total power radiated increases with the temperature with the constant σ experimentally measured to be 5.6705 × 10 −8 W / (m 2 · K 4 ).

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Blackbody Radiation P = σT 4 Note that the power per unit area radiated by blackbody depends only on the temperature, and not of other characteristic of the object, such as its color or the material, of which it is composed. P tells as the rate at which energy is emitted by the object. For example, doubling the absolute temperature of an object increases the energy flows out of the object by factor of 2 4 =16. An object at room temperature (300 K) will double the rate at which it radiates energy as a result of temperature increase of only 57 0.

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The calculation of the distribution function R(λ) involves the calculation of the energy density of electromagnetic waves in the cavity. The power radiated by the black body is proportional to the total energy density U (energy per unit volume) of the radiation in the cavity. The proportionality constant can be shown to be c/4, where c is the speed of the light:

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The spectral distribution of the power proportional to the spectral distribution of the energy density in the cavity. If u(λ)dλ is the fraction of the energy per unit volume in the cavity in the range dλ, then u(λ) and R(λ) are related by The energy density distribution function u(λ) can be calculated from classical physics.

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We can find the number of modes of oscillation of the electromagnetic field in the cavity with wavelength λ in the interval dλ and multiply it by average energy per mode. The result is that the number of modes of oscillation per unit volume, n(λ), is independent of the shape of cavity and is given by:

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Rayleigh-Jeans Equation The number of modes of oscillation per unit volume: According to the classical kinetic theory, the average energy per mode of oscillation is kT, the same as for a one- dimensional harmonic oscillator, where k is the Boltzman constant. Classical theory thus predicts for the energy density spectral distribution function

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Rayleigh-Jeans Formula This prediction, initially derived by Lord Rayleigh using the classical theories of electromagnetism and thermodynamics is called the Rayleigh-Jeans Law: It approaches the experimental data at longer wavelengths, but it deviates badly at short wavelengths.

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At short wavelength this law predicts that u(λ) becomes large, approaching infinity as λ→0, whereas experiment shows that the distribution actually approaches zero as λ→0.

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This problem for small wavelengths became known as the ultraviolet catastrophe and was one of the outstanding exceptions that classical physics could not explain.

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In 1900 the German physicist Max Plank by making some unusual assumptions derived a function u(λ) that agreed with experimental data. Planck assumed that the radiation in the cavity was emitted (and absorbed) by some sort of “oscillators.” Classically, the electromagnetic waves in the cavity are produced by accelerated electric charges in the walls vibrating like simple harmonic oscillators. Planck’s Radiation Law The average energy for simple harmonic oscillator is calculated classically from Maxwell-Boltzman distribution function: where A is a constant and f(E) is the fraction of oscillators with energy E.

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Maxwell-Boltzman distribution function The average energy is then found, as is any weighted average: Planck made two modifications to the classical theory: 1. The oscillators (of electromagnetic origin) can only have certain discrete energies, where n is an integer, v is the frequency, and h is called Planck’s constant: h = 6.6261 × 10 −34 J·s. 2. The oscillators can absorb or emit energy in discrete multiples of the fundamental quantum of energy given by:

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The Maxwell-Boltzman distribution than becomes: where A is determined by normalization condition that the sum of all fractions f n must be equal 1.

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The normalization condition The average energy of oscillation is then given by discrete- sum equivalent To solve this equation let put To solve this equation let put where y=e -x where y=e -x.

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This sum is a series expansion of (1-y) -1, so (1-y) -1 =1+y+y 2 +y 3 +…, then Σf n =A(1-y) -1 =1 gives A=1-y and Note that so we have since

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Plank’s Law Multiplying this sum by hv and using A=(1-y), the average energy is: Multiplying the numerator and the denominator by e x and substituting for x, we obtain:

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Plank’s Law Multiplying this result by the number of oscillators per unit volume in the interval dλ given by n(λ)=8πcλ -4 (the number of modes of oscillation per unit volume) we obtain the energy distribution function for the radiation in cavity: This function is called Plank’s Law.

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The value of Plank’s constant h can be determined by fitting the function to the experimental data, although the direct measurement is better, but more difficult. The presently accepted value of Plank’ constant is: h = 6.626 x 10 -34 J·s = 4.136 x 10 -15 eV·s Plank’s Law

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Comparison of Plank’s Law and the Rayleigh-Jeans Law with experimental data at T=1600 K. The u(λ) axis is linear.

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A dramatic example of an application of Planck’s law is the test of the predictions of the so-called Big Bang theory of the formation and expansion of the universe. Current cosmological theory suggests that the universe originated in an extremely high-temperature explosion, one consequence of which is to fill out the infant universe with radiation that can be approximate with black body spectral distribution. In 1965, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson discovered radiation of wavelength 7.35 cm reaching the Earth with same intensity from all directions in space. It was recognized soon as a remnant of the Big Bang (relict radiation). Plank’s Law

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The energy density spectral distribution of the cosmic microwave background radiation. The solid line is Plank’s Law with T=2.735 K. The measurements were made by the Cosmic Back Ground Exploder (COBE) satellite.

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Problem 1. Thermal Radiation from the Human Body. The temperature of the skin is approximately 35°C. What is the wavelength at which the peak occurs in the radiation emitted from the skin?

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Problem 2. The Quantized Oscillator. A 2-kg mass is attached to a massless spring of force constant k=25N/m. The spring is stretched 0.4m from its equilibrium position and released. (a) Find the total energy and frequency of oscillation according to classical calculations. (b) Assume that the energy is quantized and find the quantum number, n, for the system. (c) How much energy would be carried away in one-quantum change?

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Problem 3. The Energy of a “Yellow” Photon. What is the energy carried by a quantum of light whose frequency equals 6 x 10 14 Hz yellow light? What is the wavelength of this light?

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The surface of the sun has a temperature of approximately 5800 K. To good approximation we can treat it as a blackbody. (a) What is the peak- intensity wavelength λ m ? (b) What is the total radiated power per unit area? (c) Find the power per unit area radiated from the surface of the sun in the wavelength range 600.0 to 605.0 nm.

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The Photoelectric Effect It is one of the ironies in the history of the science that in the same famous experiment of Heinrich Hertz in1887 in which he produced and detected electromagnetic waves, thus confirmed Maxwell’s wave theory of light, he also discovered the photoelectric effect led directly to particle description of light. It was found that negative charged particles were emitted from a clean surface when exposed to light. P.Lenard in 1900 detected them in a magnetic field and found that they had a charge-to-mass ratio of the same magnitude as that measured by Thompson for cathode rays: the particles being emitted were electrons. P.Lenard in 1900 detected them in a magnetic field and found that they had a charge-to-mass ratio of the same magnitude as that measured by Thompson for cathode rays: the particles being emitted were electrons.

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Photoelectrons going through the hole in anode A are recorded by the electrometer connected to α. A magnetic field, indicated by the circular pole piece, could deflect the particles to an electrometer connected to β, enabling the establishment of the sign of their charge and their q/m ratio. Schematic diagram of the apparatus used by P.Lenard to demonstrate the photoelectric effect and to show that the particles emitted in the process were electrons. Light from the source L strikes the cathode C.

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anode, can beincreased by making the anode positive with respect to cathode. anode, can be increased by making the anode positive with respect to cathode. Letting V be the potential difference between A and C the next picture shows the current versus V for two values of the intensity of light incident on the cathode: If some of emitted electrons that reaches an anode A pass through the small hole, a current results in the external electrometer circuit connected to α. The number of electrons, reaching the

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Photocurrent i versus anode voltage V for light of frequency f with two intensities I 1 and I 2, where I 2 >I 1. At sufficiently large V all emitted electrons reach the anode and the current reaches its maximum value. Photocurrent i versus anode voltage V for light of frequency f with two intensities I 1 and I 2, where I 2 >I 1. At sufficiently large V all emitted electrons reach the anode and the current reaches its maximum value. From experiment it was observed that the maximum current is proportional to the light intensity.

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An expected result – if the intensity of incident light doubled the number of emitted electrons should also double. If intensity of incident light is too low to provide electrons with energy necessary to escape from the metal, no emission of electron should be observed. An expected result – if the intensity of incident light doubled the number of emitted electrons should also double. If intensity of incident light is too low to provide electrons with energy necessary to escape from the metal, no emission of electron should be observed. However, for given frequency of the incident light, there was no minimum intensity below which the current was absent.

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When V is negative, the electrons are repelled from the anode and only electrons with initial kinetic energy mv 2 /2 greater than eV can reach the anode. From the graph we can see if the voltage is less, than –V 0 no electrons reach anode. The potential V 0 is called the stopping potential. It related to the maximum kinetic energy as (mv 2 /2) max = eV 0

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Photo-electric Effect Classical Theory The kinetic energy of the photoelectrons should increase with the light intensity and not depend on the light frequency. Classical theory also predicted that the electrons absorb energy from the beam at a fixed rate. So, for extremely low light intensities, a long time would elapse before any one electron could obtain sufficient energy to escape. Initial observations by Heinrich Hertz 1887

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Photo-electric effect observations The kinetic energy of the photoelectrons is independent of the light intensity The kinetic energy of the photoelectrons is independent of the light intensity. The kinetic energy of the photoelectrons, for a given emitting material, depends only on the frequencyof the light. The kinetic energy of the photoelectrons, for a given emitting material, depends only on the frequency of the light. Electron kinetic energy

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Photo-electric effect observations There was a threshold frequency of the light, below which no photoelectrons were ejected. The existence of a threshold frequency is completely inexplicable in classical theory. Electron kinetic energy

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Photo-electric effect observations When photoelectrons are produced, their number (not their kinetic energy) is proportional to the intensity of light. (number of electrons) Also, the photoelectrons are emitted almost instantly following illumination of the photocathode, independent of the intensity of the light.

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The experimental result, that the kinetic energy of the ejected electrons is independent of the incident light intensity was surprising – increasing the rate of energy falling on the cathode does not increase the maximum kinetic energy of the emitted electrons. In 1905, Einstein offered an explanation of this result: he assumed, that energy quantization used by Plank in the blackbody problem was a universal characteristic of light - Light energy consist of discrete quanta of energy h. In 1905, Einstein offered an explanation of this result: he assumed, that energy quantization used by Plank in the blackbody problem was a universal characteristic of light - Light energy consist of discrete quanta of energy h ν.

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Einstein suggested that the electro-magnetic radiation field is quantized into particles called photons. Each photon has the energy quantum: where ν is the frequency of the light and h is Planck’s constant. Alternatively, Einstein’s Theory: Photons where:

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Conservation of energy yields: Einstein’s Theory In reality, the data were a bit more complex. Because the electron’s energy can be reduced by the emitter material, consider v max (not v ): where is the work function of the metal (potential energy to be overcome before an electron could escape). Electron kinetic energy

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When one photon penetrates the surface of cathode, all of its energy may be given completely to electron. If Φ is the energy necessary to remove an electron from the surface (Φ is called the work function and is a characteristic of the metal), the maximum kinetic energy of the electrons leaving the surface will be (h – Φ) and the stopping potential V 0 should be given by When one photon penetrates the surface of cathode, all of its energy may be given completely to electron. If Φ is the energy necessary to remove an electron from the surface (Φ is called the work function and is a characteristic of the metal), the maximum kinetic energy of the electrons leaving the surface will be (h ν – Φ) and the stopping potential V 0 should be given by This equation is referred as the photoelectric effect equation.

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As can be seen from the slope of the line on the graph V 0 versus should equal h/e. the slope of the line on the graph V 0 versus ν should equal h/e. The minimum, or threshold, frequency for photoelectric effect, t and the corresponding threshold wavelength λ t are related to work function Φ by setting V 0 = 0 : The minimum, or threshold, frequency for photoelectric effect, ν t and the corresponding threshold wavelength λ t are related to work function Φ by setting V 0 = 0 : Photons of frequency lower than t ( and therefore having wavelength grater than λ t ) do not have enough energy to eject an electron from the metal. Photons of frequency lower than ν t ( and therefore having wavelength grater than λ t ) do not have enough energy to eject an electron from the metal.

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For constant intensity Einstein’s explanation of the photoelectric effect indicates that the magnitude of the stopping voltage should be grater for f 2 than f 1, as observed, and that there should be a threshold frequency f t below which no photoelectrons were seen, also in agreement with experiment.

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pp Millikan’s data for stopping potential versus frequency for the photoelectric effect. The data falls on a straight line of slope h/e, as predicted by Einstein. The intercept of the stopping potential axis is –Ф/e.

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Example: Photoelectric Effect in Potassium The threshold wavelength of potassium is 558 nm. What is the work function for potassium? What is the stopping potential when light of wavelength 400 nm is used?

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Example: Photoelectric Effect in Potassium The threshold wavelength of potassium is 558 nm. What is the work function for potassium? What is the stopping potential when light of wavelength 400 nm is used? Solution:Solution:

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Example: Photoelectric Effect in Potassium The threshold wavelength of potassium is 558 nm. What is the work function for potassium? What is the stopping potential when light of wavelength 400 nm is used?The threshold wavelength of potassium is 558 nm. What is the work function for potassium? What is the stopping potential when light of wavelength 400 nm is used?

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Photoelectric Effect for Sodium A sodium surface is illuminated with light of wavelength 3x10 -7 m. The work function for sodium is 2.28 eV. Find (a) the kinetic energy of the ejected photoelectrons and (b) the cutoff wavelength for sodium.

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X Rays and the Compton Effect Future evidence of the correctness of the photon concept was given by Arthur Compton, who measured the scattering of x-rays by free electrons. The German physicist Wilhelm Röentgen discovered x-rays in 1895 when he was working with a cathode-ray tube. He found, that “rays”, originating from the point where the cathode rays (electrons) hit the glass tube, or a target within the tube, could pass through the materials opaque to light and activate a fluorescent screen or photographic film. He found that all materials were transparent to this rays to some degree, depending of the density of this materials. The slight diffraction of an x-ray beam after passing slit of a few thousands of a mm wide indicated their wavelength in other of 10 -10 m = 0.1nm.

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Observation of X Rays Wilhelm Röntgen studied the effects of cathode rays passing through various materials. He noticed that a phosphorescent screen near the tube glowed during some of these experiments. These new rays were unaffected by magnetic fields and penetrated materials more than cathode rays. Wilhelm Röntgen He called them x-rays and deduced that they were produced by the cathode rays bombarding the glass walls of his vacuum tube.

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Röntgen’s X-Ray Tube Röntgen constructed an x-ray tube by allowing cathode rays to impact the glass wall of the tube and produced x-rays. He used x-rays to make a shadowgram the bones of a hand on a phosphorescent screen.

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(a) Early x-ray tube and (b) typical of the mid-twenties century x-ray tube design. (a)(b)

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Diagram of the components of a modern x-ray tube. Design technology has advanced enormously, enabling very high operating voltages, beam currents, and x-ray intensities, but the essential elements of the tubes remain unchanged.

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X-Ray Production: Theory An energetic electron passing through matter will radiate photons and lose kinetic energy, called bremsstrahlung. Since momentum is conserved, the nucleus absorbs very little energy, and it can be ignored. The final energy of the electron is determined from the conservation of energy to be:

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X-Ray Production: Experiment Current passing through a filament produces copious numbers of electrons by thermionic emission. If one focuses these electrons by a cathode structure into a beam and accelerates them by potential differences of thousands of volts until they impinge on a metal anode surface, they produce x rays by bremsstrahlung as they stop in the anode material.

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Inverse Photoelectric Effect Conservation of energy requires that the electron kinetic energy equal the maximum photon energy (neglect the work function because it’s small compared to the electron potential energy). This yields the Duane-Hunt limit, first found experimentally. The photon wavelength depends only on the accelerating voltage and is the same for all targets.

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Photons also have momentum! Use our expression for the relativistic energy to find the momentum of a photon, which has no mass: Alternatively:

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Experiment soon confirmed that x-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelength of about 0.01nm to 0.10 nm. It was also known that atoms in crystals are arranged in regular arrays that are spaced by about same distances. In 1912, Laue suggested that since the wavelength of x-rays were on the same order of magnitude as the spacing of atoms in a crystal, the regular array of atoms in crystal might act as a three-dimensional grating for diffraction of x-rays. X-Ray’s Diffraction

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W.L.Bragg, in 1912, proposed a simple and and convenient way of analyzing the diffraction of x-rays due to scattering from various sets of parallel planes of atoms, now called Bragg planes. Two sets of Bragg planes are illustrated for NaCl, which has a simple crystal structure called face-centered cubic. X-Ray’s Diffraction

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A face-centered cubiccrystal of NaCl showing two sets of Bragg planes. A face-centered cubic crystal of NaCl showing two sets of Bragg planes.

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Waves scattered at equal angels from atoms in two different planes will be in phase (constructive interference) if the difference in path length is an integer number of wavelength. This condition is satisfied if 2d sin θ = mλ where m = an integer This equation called the Bragg condition. This equation called the Bragg condition.

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Bragg scattering from two successive planes. The waves from the two atoms shown have a path difference of 2dSinθ. They will be in phase if the Bragg condition 2dSinθ = mλ is met.

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Reflection from Calcite If the spacing between certain planes in crystal of calcite is 0.314nm, find the grazing angles at which first and third order interference will occur for x-rays of wavelength 0.070nm.

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Schematic sketch of the Laue experiment. The crystal acts as a three-dimensional grating, which diffracts the x-ray beam and produce a regular array of spots, called a Laue pattern, on a photographic plate.

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Modern Laue-type x-ray diffraction pattern using a niobium diboride crystal and 20-kV molybdenum x-rays. [General Electric Company.]

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IncidentX-rayBeam Scattered X-rays

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Schematic diagram of Bragg crystal spectrometer. A collimated x-ray beam is incident on a crystal and scattered into an ionization chamber. The crystal and ionization chamber can be rotated to keep the angles of incidence and scattering equal as both are varied. By measuring the ionization in the chamber as a function of angle, the spectrum of the x-rays can be determined using the Bragg condition 2dSinθ = mλ, where d is the separation of the Bragg planes in the crystal. If the wavelength λ is known, the spacing d can be determined.

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Two typical x-ray spectra are produced by accelerating electrons through two voltages V and bombarding a tungsten target. I(λ) is the intensity emitted with the wavelength interval dλ at each value of λ.

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The spectrum consist of a series of sharp lines, called the characteristic spectrum. The line spectrum is a characteristic of target material and varies from element to element.

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The continuous spectrum has a sharp cutoff wavelength λ m which is independent of the target material but depends on the energy of the bombarding electrons.

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If the voltage of the x-ray tube is V in volts, the cutoff wavelength was found empirically by It was pointed out by Einstein that x-ray production by electron bombardment was an inverse photoelectric effect and equation should be applied. The λ m simply correspond to a photon with the maximum energy of the electrons, i.e. the photon emitted when the electron losses all of its kinetic energy in a simple collision.

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Since the kinetic energy of the electron in the x-ray tube is 20,000 eV or larger, the work function Φ is negligible by comparison and equationSince the kinetic energy of the electron in the x-ray tube is 20,000 eV or larger, the work function Φ is negligible by comparison and equation becomes becomes or Thus, the x-ray spectrum can be explained by Plank’s quantum hypothesis and λ m can be used to determine h/e. Thus, the x-ray spectrum can be explained by Plank’s quantum hypothesis and λ m can be used to determine h/e.

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Schematic sketch of Compton apparatus. X-rays from the tube strike the carbon bloke R and are scattered into a Bragg-type crystal spectrometer. In this diagram, the scattering angle is 30 0. The beam was defined by slits S 1 and S 2. Although the entire spectrum is being scattered by R, the spectrometer scanned the region around K α line of molybdenum. Compton Effect

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Derivation of Compton’s Equation Let λ 1 and λ 2 be the wavelengths of the incident and scattered x rays, respectively. The corresponding momentum are and using fλ = c. Since Compton used the K α line of molybdenum ( λ = 0.0711 nm), the energy of the incident x ray (17.4 keV) is much greater than the binding energy of the valence electrons in the carbon scattering block (about 11 eV); therefore, the carbon electron can be considered to be free.

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where p e is the momentum of the electron after the collision and θ is the scattering angle for the photon, measured as shown in Figure. The energy of the electron before the collision is simply its rest energy E 0 = mc 2. Conservation of momentum gives

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After the collision, the energy of the electron is. Conservation of energy gives Transposing the term p 2 c and squaring we obtain or

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If we eliminate p e 2 from the previous equations, we obtain Multiplying each term by and using, we obtain Compton’s equation: or

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where is the energy of the incident photon, is the energy of the scattered photon, and K e is the kinetic energy of the recoiled electron. energy of the scattered photon, and K e is the kinetic energy of the recoiled electron.

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Because the electron may recoil at a speed comparable to that of light, we must use the relativistic expression. Therefore, where and v is the speed of electron Next, let’s apply the law of conservation of momentum to this collision, noting that the x and y components of momentum are each conserved independently.

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Because the relativistic expression for the momentum of the recoiling electron is we obtain the following expressions for the x and y components of linear momentum

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Isolate the terms involving Φ in these equations, square and add to eliminate Φ. Solve for where we define

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Substitute into Square each side: From this we get:

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Compton Wavelength The increase in wavelengths is independent of the wavelength λ 1 of the incident photon. The quantity has dimensions of length and is called the has dimensions of length and is called the Compton Wavelength. Its value is Compton Wavelength. Its value is

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Compton Wavelength Because λ 2 –λ 1 is small it is difficult to observe unless λ 1 is so small that the fractional change (λ 2 –λ 1 )/λ 1 is appreciable. Compton used X-rays of wavelength 71.1pm. The energy of a photon of this wavelength is Since this is much greater than the binding energy of the valence electrons in most atoms, these electrons can be considered to be essentially free. Compton’s measurements confirmed the correctness of the photon concept.

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Compton Scattering at 45 0 X-rays wavelength λ 0 =0.200 000 nm are scattered from a block of material. The scattered x-rays are observed at an angle of 45 0 to the incident beam. Calculate the wavelength of the x-rays scattered at this angle. Find the fraction of energy lost by the photon in this collision.

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X-rays with a wavelength of 120.0 pm undergo Compton scattering. (a) Find the wavelengths of the photons scattered at angles of 30.0 0, 60.0 0, 90.0 0, 120.0 0, 150.0 0, and 180.0 0. (b) Find the energy of the scattered electron in each case. (c) Which of the scattering angles provides the electron with the greatest energy? Explain weather you could answer this question without any calculations.

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(a) and (b) From we calculate the wavelength of the scattered photon. For example, at = 30 we have The electron carries off the energy the photon loses:

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X-rays with a wavelength of 120.0 pm undergo Compton scattering. (a) Find the wavelengths of the photons scattered at angles of 30.0 0, 60.0 0, 90.0 0, 120.0 0, 150.0 0, and 180.0 0. (b) Find the energy of the scattered electron in each case. (c) Which of the scattering angles provides the electron with the greatest energy? Explain weather you could answer this question without any calculations. The electron carries off the energy the photon loses:

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X-rays with a wavelength of 120.0 pm undergo Compton scattering. (a) Find the wavelengths of the photons scattered at angles of 30.0 0, 60.0 0, 90.0 0, 120.0 0, 150.0 0, and 180.0 0. (b) Find the energy of the scattered electron in each case. (c) Which of the scattering angles provides the electron with the greatest energy? Explain weather you could answer this question without any calculations. The other entries are computed similarly. , degrees0 30 60 90 120 150 180 ', pm 120.0 120.3 121.2 122.4 123.6 124.5 124.8 Ke, eV0 27.9 104 205 305 376 402 (c) 180 . We could answer like this: The photon imparts the greatest momentum to the originally stationary electron in a head-on collision. Here the photon recoils straight back and the electron has maximum kinetic energy.

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The Minimum X-ray Wavelength Calculate the minimum x-rays wavelength produced when electrons are accelerated through a potential difference of 100 000V, a not-uncommon voltage for an x-ray tube.

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Photoelectric Effect in Lithium Light of wavelength of 400nm is incident upon lithium (Φ = 2.9eV). Calculate (a) the photon energy and (b) the stopping potential V 0. What frequency of light is needed to produce electrons of kinetic energy 3eV from illumination from Li?

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An isolated copper sphere of radius 5.0 cm, initially uncharged, is illuminated by ultraviolet light of wavelength 200 nm. What charge does the photoelectric effect induce on the sphere? The work function of copper is 4.70 ev.

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Ultraviolet photons will be absorbed to knock electrons out of the sphere with maximum kinetic energy,, The sphere is left with positive charge and so with positive potential relative to As its potential approaches 1.51 V, no further electrons will be able to escape, but will fall back onto the sphere. Its charge is then given by at or

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