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The energy required for the ionisation of a certain atom is $3.44\times10^{-18}J$. The absorption of a photon of unknown wavelength ionises the atom and ejects an electron with velocity $1.03\times10^6$ m/sec. Calculate the wavelength of the incident radiation.


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This is a case of photoelectric effect, work function being the ionization energy.
$\therefore$ Total Energy = KE + work function
$\large\frac{hc}{\lambda} = \large\frac{1}{2}mv^2+w$
$\large\frac{6.626\times10^{-34}\times3\times10^8}{\lambda} = \large\frac{1}{2}\times 9.1\times10^{-31}\times(1.03\times10^6)^2+3.44\times10^{-18}$
$\large\frac{2\times10^{-25}}{\lambda} = 3.92\times10^{-18}$
$\lambda = \large\frac{2\times10^{-25}}{3.92\times10^{-18}}$
Hence the answer is (b)
answered Feb 5, 2014 by sharmaaparna1

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