Charge-to-Mass Ratio for ElectronsSJK 03:33, 22 October 2008 (EDT)view our data here, which include our procedure and all of our raw notes regarding this experiment. We had a very tough time getting the apparatus to work properly, though this primarily concerned setting up the power supplies in a strange way. One thing we noticed right away (through a strange "mistake" during our procedure) was that this method of finding an electron's charge-to-mass ratio would be very inaccurate. What we saw was our loop bending in on itself, as if sucked in by the accelerating potential of the electron gun.SJK 03:34, 22 October 2008 (EDT)
Of course, this result is not particularly pleasing, but it seems to be somewhat normal for this lab and apparatus (after looking at past results and Paul's error). Despite the disappointment related to the final results, I think this was a very valuable lab for us, meaning at least Stephen and I, to do because it showed us how lab operations really work, and even though our results weren't optimal (far from it, in fact), we were at least less than 100% off from the accepted value for e/m, giving us hands on evidence of physical constants.