Q. 14.2( 9 Votes )
Can we find the mass of a photon by the definition p = mv?
The formula p=mv is valid in classical mechanics where the object or say particle has significant mass or size. The photon does not have significant mass or size and hence classical mechanics is invalid and p=mv cannot be used to determine the mass of photon.
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(i) Estimate no. of photons emitted by the bulb per second. [Assume no other losses]
(ii) Will there be photoelectric emission?
(iii) How much time would be required by the atomic disk to receive energy equal to work function (2 eV)?
(iv) How many photons would atomic disk receive within time duration calculated in (iii) above?
(v) Can you explain how photoelectric effect was observed instantaneously?
[Hint: Time calculated in part (iii) is from classical consideration and you may further take the target of surface area say 1cm2 and estimate what would happen?]
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