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  • Light and its nature have caused a lot of ink to flow during these last decades. Its dual behavior is partly explained by (1)Double-slit experiment of Thomas Young - who represents the photon’s motion as a wave - and also by (2)the Photoelectric effect in which the photon is considered as a particle. A Revolution: SALEH THEORY solves this ambiguity and this difficulty presenting a three-dimensional trajectory for the photon's motion and a new formula to calculate its energy. More information on
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  1. 1. By: Andrew Disharoon, Nathan Robertson, Nigel Long, Brandon Huggins<br />Duality Of light<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>States:</li></ul>The idea that light is a wave motion<br />Light will go in every direction from a light source <br />Light spreads throughout the medium<br />Wave Theory of Light<br /><br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>Huygens’ Principle – “each point on the leading surface of a wave disturbance may be regarded as a secondary source of spherical waves, which themselves progress with the speed of light in the medium and whose envelope at later times constitutes the new wave front”</li></ul>Wave Theory Allowed<br /><br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>Newton came up with this theory</li></ul>Light is made of small particles<br />Photons obey same laws of physics for masses<br />Photons are so small that when two particle beams intersect they don’t rebound off of each other<br />Particle Theory of Light<br /><br />
  5. 5. <ul><li>Later Max Planck said that particles have some wave like properties
  6. 6. This explains the wave-particle duality
  7. 7. Stating that light acts like waves in propagation, interference, and diffraction
  8. 8. But like particles when reacting with matter
  9. 9. Because of Planck quantum mechanics was created</li></ul>Particle Theory Continued…<br /><br />
  10. 10. Planck’s Constant<br /><ul><li>Planck's constant = 6.626068 × 10-34 m2 kg / s = h
  11. 11. Planck’s constant was the result of experimentation</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Diffraction- particles don’t change direction as they pass by a barrier.
  12. 12. As the front of the wave passes over an object, the wavelets following curve around the object.
  13. 13. This is why the edge of the shadow is not sharp and precise.</li></ul>Diffraction<br />
  14. 14. Light Diffraction experiment<br />Fuzzy outline of shadow<br />Diffraction<br />
  15. 15. <ul><li>Diffraction is also used for finding the atomic structure of certain crystals.</li></ul>Diffraction<br />
  16. 16. <ul><li>The amount diffracted light becomes less and less intense as the angle increases.</li></ul>Diffraction<br />
  17. 17. What is the Photoelectric Effect?<br /><ul><li>The Photoelectric Effect is when electrons are emitted from matter (usually metal) when light is shined on them.
  18. 18. This is because they absorb the energies in the light.</li></li></ul><li>
  19. 19. The Photo Effect and The Wave Theory<br /><ul><li>This Effect was discovered by Heinrich Hertz in 1887. At that time, the accepted theory of light was Maxwell’s wave theory.
  20. 20. His theory was that light was a wave. </li></li></ul><li>The Photo Effect and The Wave Theory<br /><ul><li>If light was a wave, then the intensity (amount) of light shone on metal would dictate the energy of the emitted electrons.
  21. 21. To test this, Philip Lenard did an experiment with the Photoelectric Effect.
  22. 22. But he found that the amount of light did not do anything to the energy of the emitted electrons.</li></li></ul><li>
  23. 23.
  24. 24. The Experiment<br /><ul><li>Philip Lenard put two pieces of metal in a vacuum. They were part of a circuit, as shown in the illustration. </li></li></ul><li>The Experiment<br /><ul><li>The plate opposite the plate that the light would shine on was negatively charged, so only very energetic electrons would reach the other side.</li></li></ul><li>The Experiment<br /><ul><li>When he shined high-frequency light on the metal, electrons were released, completing the circuit.</li></li></ul><li>The Experiment<br /><ul><li>But the low-frequency light did not have enough energy to get past the negatively-charged plate and contribute to the current</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br /><ul><li>Using this, Albert Einstein hypothesized that light was made of quantized photons, which explains why the frequency of the light affected the energy of the electrons.</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br /><ul><li>Einstein won the Nobel Prize by saying that each photon energized each electron. He won the Nobel for this hypothesis. </li></li></ul><li>Photons<br />Shot through one slit <br />Create a single band on the detector plate<br />Consistent with a particle pattern<br />Shot through two slits<br />Creates a pattern on plate <br />consistent with a wave pattern<br />Double Slit Experiment<br />
  25. 25. The photons could be interacting like particles in a wave. <br />Double Slit Experiment<br />
  26. 26. Single Photon<br />
  27. 27. Double Slit Experiment<br />There can’t be any interference from the other photons so it should not make a wave pattern but it does.<br />