Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1927
Arthur H. Compton, C.T.R. Wilson

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Arthur H. Compton - Facts

Arthur Holly Compton

Arthur Holly Compton

Born: 10 September 1892, Wooster, OH, USA

Died: 15 March 1962, Berkeley, CA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Prize motivation: "for his discovery of the effect named after him"

Field: atomic physics

Prize share: 1/2

The Compton Effect

According to Einstein's theory about the photoelectric effect, light consists of quanta with definite energies corresponding to certain frequencies. The light quantum is called a photon. When Arthur Compton in 1922 sent X-ray photons against a metal surface, the scattered photons had a longer wavelength because part of the incident photon energy was transferred to an electron. The experiment confirmed that electromagnetic radiation could also be described as photon-particles following the laws of mechanics.

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