Objection Below

To: Tom VanFlandern 04/23/03

hank you for your last reply but I can't see how your view in this matter is consistent with laboratory experiment.

... (b) for higher frequencies, the energy of the most energetic electrons increases steadily with the frequency. These features are independent of how intense the light is."

TVF Comment:
This appears contrary to everyday experience in astronomy ...

Your comment above appears refuted below.

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From this website:

There must be a contradiction here because the data points above appear to be incompatible with any integral multiple requirement. Perhaps the phenomenon is similar to a 'forced' vibration in a violin ... but if one hits a note which is an integral multiple of the natural frequency of the violin, one gets what is called a 'wolf note', i.e. one which is louder than all the other forced notes.

I have looked all over for information indicating a resonance phenomenon in the photoelectric effect but have found none. I think that such an effect would be noteworthy. Certainly, it could not have been overlooked by Millikan. He would have said something to the effect that "frequencies with energy greater than the work function will not cause electrons to be ejected unless they are integral multiples of a base frequency characteristic of the emitted electron". But no such statement is found. A resonance phenomenon in the photoelectric effect as you suggest should not have been given the status of ...
"It goes without saying"


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