photoelectric effect meaning

  "photoelectric effect" in a sentence
  • [Electronics]
    The phenomenon whereby temporary changes occur in the atoms of certain substances under the influence of infrared, visible light, or ultraviolet radiation. Some of these materials undergo a change in their electrical resistance, whereas others generate electric current (see, for comparison, PHOTOCONDUCTIVE MATERIAL and PHOTOVOLTAIC MATERIAL).


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  1. this is obviously due to the compton and photoelectric effects.
  2. another phenomenon mentioned by einstein was the so-called photoelectric effect.
  3. early experiments on the photoelectric effect had not produced consistent results.
  4. the photoelectric effect and the compton effect, then, both seem to demand a return to a corpuscular theory of light.
  5. two of the three processes, photoelectric effect and pair production, eliminate the photons undergoing interaction.

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