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    Is the photoelectric effect related to the 'shininess' of metals? Does it produce the effect of 'shininess'? Or are the two completely unrelated? Thanks!
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    (Original post by la95)
    Is the photoelectric effect related to the 'shininess' of metals? Does it produce the effect of 'shininess'? Or are the two completely unrelated? Thanks!
    The photoelectric effect is not something really specific to metals whereas the shiny property of metals is closely linked to their electronic structure.
    The photoelectric effect is significant because of it's implication of the wave/particle duality of, well everything! It was the first real indication that light came in packets of energy.
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    (Original post by JMaydom)
    The photoelectric effect is not something really specific to metals whereas the shiny property of metals is closely linked to their electronic structure.
    The photoelectric effect is significant because of it's implication of the wave/particle duality of, well everything! It was the first real indication that light came in packets of energy.
    Thanks so much for your help!
 
 
 
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