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why are alkali metal surfaces most suited as photo-sensitive surfaces?

why are alkali metal surfaces most suited as photo-sensitive surfaces?

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Apoorva Arora IIT Roorkee
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7 years ago
Their work funtions are smallest among all metals. So electrons come out easily.
Na - 2.6 eV, K - 2.4 eV and Cs has the lowest work function in the first group 2.2 e V
If you calculate work function corresponding to blue light of 400 nm, you will get 3.1 eV. So even visible light can eject electrons from alkali metal surface.
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Apoorva Arora
IIT Roorkee
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