Problem: It is possible to convert radiant energy into electrical energy using photovoltaic cells.Assuming equal efficiency of conversion, would infrared or ultraviolet radiation yield more electrical energy on a per-photon basis?

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We’re being asked to identify which would yield more electrical energy: infrared or ultraviolet radiation


Recall that in the electromagnetic spectrum, radiation:

• On the left side: has high energy and frequency and a low wavelength

• On the right side: has low energy and frequency and high wavelength


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It is possible to convert radiant energy into electrical energy using photovoltaic cells.

Assuming equal efficiency of conversion, would infrared or ultraviolet radiation yield more electrical energy on a per-photon basis?

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