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## What is the work function of aluminum?

4.08

Work Functions for Photoelectric Effect

Element | Work Function(eV) |
---|---|

Aluminum | 4.08 |

Beryllium | 5.0 |

Cadmium | 4.07 |

Calcium | 2.9 |

### What is the work function of a metal?

The work function of a photo metal is the minimum energy required to just liberate an electron from the metal surface. During the collision of the photons with the electrons, the electron absorbs the energy of the photon completely.

**Which metal has highest work function?**

platinum

The work function of platinum is the highest while it is the lowest for cesium. The work function for platinum is 5.65 eV. The work function for cesium is 2.14 eV.

**Which metal has the lowest work function?**

cesium

The work function (ϕo) depends on the properties of the metal and the nature of its surface. The work function of platinum is the highest while it is the lowest for cesium.

## What is work function formula?

Since work function does not depend on wavelength of incident light so it will be constant for both cases. Thus, W=λ2hc−eVs1.

### What is work function of a material?

Work function is a property of a material, which is defined as the minimum quantity of energy which is required to remove an electron to infinity from the surface of a given solid.

**How do you find work function?**

The quantity ϕ = h * f0 is called work function (expressed in units of energy) and it corresponds to the threshold frequency. In our photoelectric effect calculator, the energy of the incident photon and work function are expressed as frequencies.

**Why different metals have different work functions?**

Different metals have different values of work function because of difference in their electronegativity. The least electronegative (or most electropositive) metal would let go of its valence electron very easily compared to those metals with higher values of electronegativity.

## How do you find the work function of a metal surface?

Their formula is W=−ϵF+Ws, where ϵF is the Fermi energy, a quantity determined by the density of electrons and the properties of the crystal lattice of the metal; you can work out reasonable approximations to this for alkali metals by using the free electron approximation.

### How do I calculate the work function of a metal?

- We can use this information to experimentally determine the work function of a material. To begin, let us rearrange the maximum kinetic energy formula to solve for 𝑊 : 𝑊 = ℎ 𝑓 − 𝐸 .
- Now recall the electron kinetic energy equation, 𝑊 = ℎ 𝑓 − 𝐸 . m a x.
- Finally, we can make the substitution for frequency: 𝑊 = ℎ 𝑐 𝜆 − 𝐸 .

**Is work function same for all metals?**

EXPLANATION: Work function solely depends on the material of the metal used. Different metals have electrons present at different energy levels, depending on which the work function varies.

**What does work function depend on?**

Work functions depend on the structure and chemical composition of a surface. For example, different crystallographic surfaces of the same metal or compound can have substantially different work functions. Chemical modifications of a surface can have even larger consequences.

## How do I calculate the work function?

### Does work function depend on metal?

**Does work function depend on material?**

The work function depends on the configurations of atoms at the surface of the material. For example, on polycrystalline silver the work function is 4.26 eV, but on silver crystals it varies for different crystal faces as (100) face: 4.64 eV, (110) face: 4.52 eV, (111) face: 4.74 eV.

**What do you mean by work function?**

Definition of work function : the energy that is needed for a particle to come from the interior of a medium and break through the surface —used especially of the photoelectric and thermionic emission of electrons from metals.