University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321973615
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-361-0

Chapter 39 - Particles Behaving as Waves - Problems - Exercises - Page 1315: 39.33


$4.00\times10^{17}$ photons per second.

Work Step by Step

Find the photon energy. $$E=hf=h\frac{c}{\lambda}$$ $$E=\frac{1.24\times10^{-6}eV\cdot m}{10.6\times10^{-6}m }= 0.117eV$$ We know the power of the laser beam is 7.50mW, so 7.50mJ per second is delivered. This is $4.69\times10^{16}$ eV. The number of photons delivered per second can then be calculated. $$N=\frac{4.69\times10^{16}eV/s}{0.117eV /photon}=4.00\times10^{17} photons/s$$
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