Waves behave like particles

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Introduction

Lessons

  1. Waves Behave Like Particles 
  2. Introduction to particle model of waves.
  3. New theory of quantum mechanics.
  4. Wave practice duality of light
  5. Compton effect
  6. Compton experiment

Examples

Lessons

  1. The stopping potential, V0V_{0}, that prevents electors from flowing across a certain photocell is 6.0V. What is the kinetic energy given to the electrons by incident light? Give your answer in both JJ and eVeV. Sketch the problem and calculate your answer.
    1. Potassium threshold wavelength is 564 nm,
      1. Find the work function of potassium in eVeV.
      2. If the ultraviolet radiation with a wavelength of 246 nm falls on potassium, what is the energy of the ejected electrons in eVeV. Sketch the problem and calculate your answer.
      1. The stopping potential required to prevent current through a photocell is 4.2VV. Calculate the kinetic energy in joules and in eVeV of the photoelectrons as they are emitted.
        1. The threshold wavelength of copper is 264 nmnm.
          1. Find the threshold frequency of copper.
          2. What is the work function in eVeV of copper?
          3. Copper in a photocell is irritated by ultraviolet light of 140 nmnm wavelength. What is the kinetic energy of the photoelectrons in eVeV?
          1. The work function for cadmium is 4.07 eVeV.
            1. Find the threshold wavelength for cadmium.
            2. What is the kinetic energy in eVeV of photoelectrons ejected when 190 nm violet light falls on the cadmium?
            1. An X ray with a wavelength 6.0 x 10-14 mm is travelling in a vacuum.
              1. Calculate the momentum associated with this X ray.
              2. Why does the X ray exhibit little particle behavior?
              1. The work function of sodium is 2.28 eVeV.
                1. What is the threshold wavelength of sodium?
                2. Sodium is exposed to radiation of wavelength 160nmnm. What is the maximum kinetic energy of the ejected electrons in eVeV?

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                Topic Basics

                In this lesson, we will learn:

                • Waves behave like particle
                • Property of the spectrum emitted from the hot bodies
                • Photoelectric effect
                • Compton effect

                Notes:

                Radiation from Incandescent Lamp

                • Hot bodies contain vibrating particles, which radiate electromagnetic waves.
                • Looking through a prism at light coming from an incandescent lamp, you will see colors of rainbow.
                Waves Behave Like Particles

                • The bulb also emits infrared radiation that you cannot see.
                • The spectrum of incandescent bodies shows different color at different temperatures and various frequencies.
                • Energy is emitted at variety of frequencies that depend on the temperature.
                • As temperature increases the frequency increases.
                • To explain the shape of the spectrum, Plank assumed that energy is not continues. He assumed that the energy of vibration of the atoms in a solid have only specific frequencies,

                • E=nhfE = nhf

                  ff : Frequency
                  hh : Plank’s constant
                  n n: Integer such as (0,1,2,3, 4. . . )
                So the energy could have values hf,2hf,3hfh f,2h f, 3h f
                • This behavior is described by saying that energy is “quantized”, package of specific amounts.
                • He also proposed that atoms do not always radiate electromagnetic waves as they vibrate, the radiation is emitted only when their vibrating energy changes. For instance, if the energy of an atom changes from 4hf4h f to 3hf3h f, atom emits radiation.

                New Theory of Quantum Mechanics

                Planck’s Quantum Hypothesis:
                • Energy comes in little bundles, quanta (plural of quantum), quanta is the smallest bundle of energy, we can not have an amount of energy smaller than quanta, like we can not have an amount of charge smaller than one electron.
                • As you move up the stairs, they are certain levels at which you can stand, you cannot stand between the steps,
                • In similar ways electrons around an atom exist at different energy levels, electrons jump around randomly from one layer to another, we cannot say exactly where they are, but we can say where they are likely to be Circles representing different levels of energy associated with electrons
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                • The further we move from the nucleus the higher the amount of energy
                • According to the quantum mechanics theory, electrons can exist one energy level or another but not anything between, so the energy is quantized, we can have only discrete amount of energy.
                • So the Planck’s hypothesis states that molecular oscillations are quantized; their energy E can only be integer (nn) multiplies of hfhf, where h is the Planck’s constant and ff is the natural frequency of oscillations:
                E=nhfE = nhf

                Wave Practice Duality of Light

                Photoelectric Effect
                • A negatively charged zinc plate discharges when ultra violet radiation falls on it, but it remains charged when ordinary visible light falls on it.
                • The positively charged zinc plate does not charge similarly.
                • Further study showed that the negatively charged zinc plate was discharged by losing or emitting electrons.
                • The emission of electron upon upon electromagnetic radiation is called the “photoelectric effect”.

                Waves Behave Like Particles
                • Photoelectric cell contains two metal electrodes sealed in evacuated tube.
                • The larger electrode, cathode, is coated with cesium.
                • The second electrode, anode, made of a thin wire to block only smallest amount of radiation.
                • The potential difference across the electrodes attract the electrons.
                • Only specific type of radiation produces current in the circuit which is read by the ammeter.
                • The frequency that produces current in the circuit called “threshold frequency”, f0f_{0}
                • Frequency below f0f_{0}, does not eject any electrons, no matter how intense the light is.
                • Frequency above f0f_{0}, ejects electrons , even if the light is very dim.
                • According to wave model, intensive light should knock more electrons but, in this case is not true.
                • So the photoelectric effect can not be explained by wave model of light.
                • The only way to explain this phenomenon is the particle model of light.
                • According to Einstein, light and other forms of radiation consist of discrete bundles of energy, called “photons”.
                • Energy of each photon depends on the frequency of the light.

                E1=hf1E_{1} = hf_{1}
                E0=hf0E_{0} = hf_{0}
                K=E1E0=hf1hf0K = E_{1} -E_{0} = hf_{1} - hf_{0}

                “The excess energy becomes the kinetic energy of the electron”

                The Compton Effect

                This effect proves that light has particle property.

                • The photoelectric effect reveals that a photon, even though it has no mass, has kinetic energy. So according Einstein, photon has another particle property, momentum.

                • Since photon is travelling as fast as light, we cannot use the p=mvp = mv equation to find the photon’s momentum.

                • For those particles that travel at speed of light, momentum is calculated using special relativity, which allows massless particles to have momentum.

                • Momentum of a photon is: p=h/λp= h/\lambda, where h is the Plank’s constant.
                  h= h =6.626 x 10-34J.s λ=\qquad \lambda = wavelength in meters.

                • The energy of photon is calculated using; E=hfE=hcλ E = hf \enspace \Rightarrow \enspace E = \frac{hc} {\lambda}

                  and λ=c.T=c/ff=c/λ \lambda = c.T = c/f \, \Rightarrow \, f = c/\lambda

                • To study the nature of photons, Compton directed X-rays of known wavelength at a graphite retarget, the wavelength of the scattered X-ray was longer than the original one.

                • The above equation shows that the energy of a photon is inversely proportional to its wavelength. The increase in wavelength observed by Compton, means that the X-ray photons had lost both energy and momentum.
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                • The shift in the energy of scattered photons is called “Compton effect”.
                • Compton observed that electrons were ejected from the graphite block, so the energy and momentum of the photons are transferred to electrons, similar to the elastic collisions of particles.
                • Therefore, a photon is a particle that has energy and momentum.