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A Classical Approach to the Photoelectric Effect & Photoelectron Emission

Bing-Xin Gong
Year: 2007
Keywords: photoelectric effect, photon hypothesis, classical electrodynamics, photoelectric emission, photon density

By re-analyzing the photoelectric effect in terms of classical electrodynamics, the limitations of Einstein's photon hypothesis are identified and the relation between the photoelectron's kinetic energy and the circular frequency of the incident light is reinterpreted. And it is revealed that photoelectric emission is dependent upon the incident light's circular frequency (omega) and upon its photon density.