Photoelectric Effect

photoelectric effect, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Photoelectric_effect.svgA discussion at one of our recent group meetings, reminded me of the interesting history behind the observation of the Photoelectric Effect. Some of these classic papers are quite impressive, especially as experimental feats. While the photoelectric effect was first observed by Heinrich Hertz, Phillip von Lenard, and others, it was the experiment of Robert Andrews Millikan that finally showed Einstein’s theory to be correct.

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