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The Ratio e/m for Electrons
The main overview and summary of the procedure and lab is provided by this link:
- The following link leads to our Ratio m/e for Electrons Lab entry that includes the data, procedure, and observations that were made:
Please note that Alexandra Andrego was my lab partner for this lab.
Data Summary & Observations
The purpose of this lab was to accelerate electrons through a magnetic field using Helmholtz Coils and a helium bulb with an electron gun. Using various values of voltage at constant current, we achieved a plot of r^2 vs V that gave us a slope which could be used to calculate the e/m ratio. Likewise, we were able to use different values of current whilst keeping the voltage constant and using the slope from a plot of 1/r vs I, we were able to calculate the e/m ratio as well. (Our calculations for both of these are included in the "Calculations and Analysis" section of our lab .) We arrived at these values:
- From the r^2 vs V plot:
- with a range of
- From the 1/r vs I
- with a range of
Our values are close in magnitude to the current accepted value of the e/m ratio:
- (Steve Koch 15:33, 14 November 2009 (EST):cite source of accepted value!)
The only problem we had in this experiment was measuring the radius of the loop of the electron beam. Human error, including eyesight, played a large role in this. Although our values were approximately twice that of the accepted value, the fact that the magnitude of our values was equal to that of the accepted value leads us to believe that we've made good measurements.SJK 15:33, 14 November 2009 (EST)
In conclusion, although our values lead to a rather large error, we found that the magnitude of our measured values was equivalent to that of the accepted value. The only error that we perceived in this lab was that of using our naked eye to measure the radius of the electron beam loop. Perhaps a camera placed in front of the bulb to take exact measurement of the radius would be a commodity. Other than that this lab has proved to be useful in bettering our skills with linear fits and data taking.