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This interactive simulation allows you to explore and visualize the photoelectric effect experiment. You can control the voltage accelerating the electrons and the intensity and wavelength of the light. Output options include graphing current vs. voltage, current vs. light intensity, and electron energy vs. light frequency.
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Modern Physics
- Condensed Matter
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
- General
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Mirror: https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/photoelectric/…
Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
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Keywords: Particle Model, cathod emission, photoelectric effect, threshold frequency, wave-particle duality, work function
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created September 9, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated: Jun 08, 2018 by Caroline Hall
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(PhET, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric).
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PhET Simulation: Photoelectric Effect, (PhET, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric>.
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PhET Simulation: Photoelectric Effect. (2006, August 11). Retrieved November 20, 2019, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Photoelectric Effect. Boulder: PhET, August 11, 2006. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric (accessed 20 November 2019).
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PhET Simulation: Photoelectric Effect. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 20 Nov. 2019 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/photoelectric>.
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