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General Physics (PHY 2140)


Lecture 27
Modern Physics

Quantum Physics
Blackbody radiation
Planks hypothesis

Chapter 27
http://www.physics.wayne.edu/~apetrov/PHY2140/
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Quantum Physics
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Introduction: Need for Quantum Physics
Problems remained from classical mechanics that relativity
didnt explain:

Blackbody Radiation
The electromagnetic radiation emitted by a heated object
Photoelectric Effect
Emission of electrons by an illuminated metal
Spectral Lines
Emission of sharp spectral lines by gas atoms in an electric discharge tube
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Development of Quantum Physics
1900 to 1930
Development of ideas of quantum mechanics
Also called wave mechanics
Highly successful in explaining the behavior of atoms, molecules, and nuclei
Quantum Mechanics reduces to classical mechanics when applied
to macroscopic systems
Involved a large number of physicists
Planck introduced basic ideas
Mathematical developments and interpretations involved such people as
Einstein, Bohr, Schrdinger, de Broglie, Heisenberg, Born and Dirac
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26.1 Blackbody Radiation
An object at any temperature is known to emit
electromagnetic radiation
Sometimes called thermal radiation
Stefans Law describes the total power radiated




The spectrum of the radiation depends on the temperature and
properties of the object
4
P AeT o =
emissivity
Stefans constant
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Blackbody
Blackbody is an idealized system that absorbs incident
radiation of all wavelengths
If it is heated to a certain temperature, it starts radiate
electromagnetic waves of all wavelengths
Cavity is a good real-life approximation to a blackbody

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Blackbody Radiation Graph
Experimental data for
distribution of energy in
blackbody radiation

As the temperature increases,
the total amount of energy
increases
Shown by the area under
the curve

As the temperature increases,
the peak of the distribution
shifts to shorter wavelengths
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Wiens Displacement Law
The wavelength of the peak of the blackbody distribution
was found to follow Weins Displacement Law


max
T = 0.2898 x 10
-2
m K

max
is the wavelength at the curves peak
T is the absolute temperature of the object emitting the radiation

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The Ultraviolet Catastrophe
Classical theory did not match
the experimental data
At long wavelengths, the
match is good
Rayleigh-Jeans law




At short wavelengths, classical
theory predicted infinite energy
At short wavelengths,
experiment showed no energy
This contradiction is called the
ultraviolet catastrophe
4
2 ckT
P
t

=
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Plancks Resolution
Planck hypothesized that the blackbody radiation was produced by
resonators
Resonators were submicroscopic charged oscillators

The resonators could only have discrete energies

E
n
= n h

n is called the quantum number
is the frequency of vibration
h is Plancks constant, h=6.626 x 10
-34
J s

Key point is quantized energy states
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QUICK QUIZ
A photon (quantum of light) is reflected from a mirror. True or false:

(a) Because a photon has a zero mass, it does not exert a force on
the mirror.
(b) Although the photon has energy, it cannot transfer any energy to
the surface because it has zero mass.
(c) The photon carries momentum, and when it reflects off the mirror,
it undergoes a change in momentum and exerts a force on
the mirror.
(d) Although the photon carries momentum, its change in momentum
is zero when it reflects from the mirror, so it cannot exert a
force on the mirror.
(a) False
(b) False
(c) True
(d) False
p Ft A =
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27.2 Photoelectric Effect
When light is incident on certain metallic surfaces, electrons are
emitted from the surface
This is called the photoelectric effect
The emitted electrons are called photoelectrons

The effect was first discovered by Hertz
The successful explanation of the effect was given by Einstein in
1905
Received Nobel Prize in 1921 for paper on electromagnetic radiation, of
which the photoelectric effect was a part
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Photoelectric Effect Schematic
When light strikes E,
photoelectrons are emitted

Electrons collected at C and
passing through the ammeter
are a current in the circuit

C is maintained at a positive
potential by the power supply
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Photoelectric Current/Voltage Graph
The current increases with
intensity, but reaches a
saturation level for large Vs

No current flows for voltages
less than or equal to V
s
, the
stopping potential

The stopping potential is
independent of the radiation
intensity
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Features Not Explained by Classical
Physics/Wave Theory
No electrons are emitted if the incident light frequency is
below some cutoff frequency that is characteristic of the
material being illuminated
The maximum kinetic energy of the photoelectrons is
independent of the light intensity
The maximum kinetic energy of the photoelectrons
increases with increasing light frequency
Electrons are emitted from the surface almost
instantaneously, even at low intensities

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Einsteins Explanation
A tiny packet of light energy, called a photon, would be emitted
when a quantized oscillator jumped from one energy level to the
next lower one
Extended Plancks idea of quantization to electromagnetic
radiation

The photons energy would be E = h
Each photon can give all its energy to an electron in the metal
The maximum kinetic energy of the liberated photoelectron is

KE = h

is called the work function of the metal
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Explanation of Classical Problems
The effect is not observed below a certain cutoff
frequency since the photon energy must be greater than
or equal to the work function
Without this, electrons are not emitted, regardless of the intensity
of the light

The maximum KE depends only on the frequency and
the work function, not on the intensity
The maximum KE increases with increasing frequency
The effect is instantaneous since there is a one-to-one
interaction between the photon and the electron

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Verification of Einsteins Theory
Experimental observations of a
linear relationship between KE
and frequency confirm
Einsteins theory

The x-intercept is the cutoff
frequency
c
f
h
u
=
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27.3 Application: Photocells
Photocells are an application of the photoelectric effect
When light of sufficiently high frequency falls on the cell,
a current is produced
Examples
Streetlights, garage door openers, elevators
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27.4 The Compton Effect
Compton directed a beam of x-rays toward a block of graphite
He found that the scattered x-rays had a slightly longer wavelength
that the incident x-rays
This means they also had less energy
The amount of energy reduction depended on the angle at which the
x-rays were scattered
The change in wavelength is called the Compton shift
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Compton Scattering
Compton assumed the
photons acted like other
particles in collisions

Energy and momentum
were conserved


The shift in wavelength is

) cos 1 (
c m
h
e
o
u = = A
Compton wavelength
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Compton Scattering
The quantity h/m
e
c is called the Compton wavelength
Compton wavelength = 0.00243 nm
Very small compared to visible light
The Compton shift depends on the scattering angle and not on
the wavelength
Experiments confirm the results of Compton scattering and
strongly support the photon concept
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Problem: Compton scattering
A beam of 0.68-nm photons undergoes Compton scattering from free
electrons. What are the energy and momentum of the photons that
emerge at a 45 angle with respect to the incident beam?
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QUICK QUIZ 1
An x-ray photon is scattered by an electron. The frequency of the
scattered photon relative to that of the incident photon (a)
increases, (b) decreases, or (c) remains the same.
(b). Some energy is transferred to the electron in the scattering
process. Therefore, the scattered photon must have less energy
(and hence, lower frequency) than the incident photon.
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QUICK QUIZ 2
A photon of energy E
0
strikes a free electron, with the scattered photon
of energy E moving in the direction opposite that of the incident
photon. In this Compton effect interaction, the resulting kinetic energy
of the electron is (a) E
0
, (b) E , (c) E
0
E , (d) E
0
+ E , (e) none of the
above.
(c). Conservation of energy requires the kinetic energy given to
the electron be equal to the difference between the energy of the
incident photon and that of the scattered photon.
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QUICK QUIZ 2
A photon of energy E
0
strikes a free electron, with the scattered photon
of energy E moving in the direction opposite that of the incident
photon. In this Compton effect interaction, the resulting kinetic energy
of the electron is (a) E
0
, (b) E , (c) E
0
E , (d) E
0
+ E , (e) none of the
above.
(c). Conservation of energy requires the kinetic energy given to
the electron be equal to the difference between the energy of the
incident photon and that of the scattered photon.
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27.8 Photons and Electromagnetic Waves
Light has a dual nature. It exhibits both wave and particle
characteristics
Applies to all electromagnetic radiation

The photoelectric effect and Compton scattering offer evidence for
the particle nature of light
When light and matter interact, light behaves as if it were composed of
particles

Interference and diffraction offer evidence of the wave nature of light
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28.9 Wave Properties of Particles
In 1924, Louis de Broglie postulated that because
photons have wave and particle characteristics, perhaps
all forms of matter have both properties

Furthermore, the frequency and wavelength of matter
waves can be determined
The de Broglie wavelength of a particle is

The frequency of matter waves is
mv
h
=
h
E
=
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The Davisson-Germer Experiment
They scattered low-energy electrons from a nickel target

They followed this with extensive diffraction measurements from
various materials

The wavelength of the electrons calculated from the diffraction data
agreed with the expected de Broglie wavelength

This confirmed the wave nature of electrons

Other experimenters have confirmed the wave nature of other
particles
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Review problem: the wavelength of a proton
Calculate the de Broglie wavelength for a proton (m
p
=1.67x10
-27
kg )
moving with a speed of 1.00 x 10
7
m/s.
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Calculate the de Broglie wavelength for a proton (m
p
=1.67x10
-27
kg ) moving with a
speed of 1.00 x 10
7
m/s.
Given:

v = 1.0 x 10
7
m/s






Find:

p
= ?

Given the velocity and a mass of the proton we can
compute its wavelength
p
p
h
m v
=
Or numerically,
( )
( )( )
34
14
31 7
6.63 10
3.97 10
1.67 10 1.00 10
ps
J s
m
kg m s


= =

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QUICK QUIZ 3
A non-relativistic electron and a non-relativistic proton are moving
and have the same de Broglie wavelength. Which of the
following are also the same for the two particles: (a) speed, (b)
kinetic energy, (c) momentum, (d) frequency?
(c). Two particles with the same de Broglie wavelength will have the same
momentum p = mv. If the electron and proton have the same momentum, they
cannot have the same speed because of the difference in their masses. For the
same reason, remembering that KE = p
2
/2m, they cannot have the same kinetic
energy. Because the kinetic energy is the only type of energy an isolated particle can
have, and we have argued that the particles have different energies, Equation 27.15
tells us that the particles do not have the same frequency.
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QUICK QUIZ 2
A non-relativistic electron and a non-relativistic proton are moving
and have the same de Broglie wavelength. Which of the
following are also the same for the two particles: (a) speed, (b)
kinetic energy, (c) momentum, (d) frequency?
(c). Two particles with the same de Broglie wavelength will have the same
momentum p = mv. If the electron and proton have the same momentum, they
cannot have the same speed because of the difference in their masses. For the
same reason, remembering that KE = p
2
/2m, they cannot have the same kinetic
energy. Because the kinetic energy is the only type of energy an isolated particle can
have, and we have argued that the particles have different energies, Equation 27.15
tells us that the particles do not have the same frequency.
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The Electron Microscope
The electron microscope depends
on the wave characteristics of
electrons
Microscopes can only resolve details
that are slightly smaller than the
wavelength of the radiation used to
illuminate the object
The electrons can be accelerated to
high energies and have small
wavelengths
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27.10 The Wave Function
In 1926 Schrdinger proposed a wave equation that
describes the manner in which matter waves change in
space and time
Schrdingers wave equation is a key element in
quantum mechanics



Schrdingers wave equation is generally solved for the
wave function,

i H
t
A+
= +
A
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The Wave Function
The wave function depends on the particles position and
the time

The value of ||
2
at some location at a given time is
proportional to the probability of finding the particle at
that location at that time
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27.11 The Uncertainty Principle
When measurements are made, the experimenter is
always faced with experimental uncertainties in the
measurements

Classical mechanics offers no fundamental barrier to
ultimate refinements in measurements
Classical mechanics would allow for measurements with
arbitrarily small uncertainties
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The Uncertainty Principle
Quantum mechanics predicts that a barrier to measurements
with ultimately small uncertainties does exist

In 1927 Heisenberg introduced the uncertainty principle

If a measurement of position of a particle is made with precision x
and a simultaneous measurement of linear momentum is made with
precision p, then the product of the two uncertainties can never be
smaller than h/4t
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The Uncertainty Principle
Mathematically,


It is physically impossible to measure simultaneously the
exact position and the exact linear momentum of a
particle

Another form of the principle deals with energy and time:
t
> A A
4
h
p x
x
t
> A A
4
h
t E
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Thought Experiment the Uncertainty
Principle
A thought experiment for viewing an electron with a powerful
microscope
In order to see the electron, at least one photon must bounce off it
During this interaction, momentum is transferred from the photon to
the electron
Therefore, the light that allows you to accurately locate the electron
changes the momentum of the electron
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Problem: macroscopic uncertainty
A 50.0-g ball moves at 30.0 m/s. If its speed is measured to an
accuracy of 0.10%, what is the minimum uncertainty in its
position?
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A 50.0-g ball moves at 30.0 m/s. If its speed is measured to an accuracy of 0.10%,
what is the minimum uncertainty in its position?
Given:

v = 30 m/s
ov = 0.10%
m = 50.0 g



Find:

ox = ?

Notice that the ball is non-relativistic. Thus, p = mv,
and uncertainty in measuring momentum is
( ) ( )
( )( )
2 3 2
50.0 10 1.0 10 30 1.5 10
p m v m v v
kg m s kg m s
o

A = A =
= =
Thus, uncertainty relation implies
( )
( )
24
32
3
6.63 10
3.5 10
4
4 1.5 10
h J s
x m
p
kg m s
t
t


A > = =
A

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Problem: Macroscopic measurement
A 0.50-kg block rests on the icy surface of a frozen pond, which we
can assume to be frictionless. If the location of the block is measured
to a precision of 0.50 cm, what speed must the block acquire because
of the measurement process?