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The Granularity of Light

  • Charles H. Holbrow
  • James N. Lloyd
  • Joseph C. Amato
  • Enrique Galvez
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
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Abstract

The discovery of the electron swiftly led to better understanding of the nature of matter. This in turn led to a revolution in the understanding of the nature of light. The most surprising outcome was the discovery that under many circumstances light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation behave like particles instead of waves. There are two outstanding examples of light behaving like particles. One example is called “the photoelectric effect” and the other “the Compton effect.”

Keywords

Work Function Electromagnetic Radiation Photomultiplier Tube Incident Particle Electron Multiplication 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Holbrow
    • 1
  • James N. Lloyd
    • 2
  • Joseph C. Amato
    • 3
  • Enrique Galvez
    • 4
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
    • 4
  1. 1.Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, EmeritusCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  3. 3.William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics, Emeritus Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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