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e/m Ratio Lab
^{SJK 02:47, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}Set up
Followed prescribed procedure, with added sophistication:
Power Supply for heater: SOAR DC POWER SUPPLY, model PS3630
Connected voltmeter in parallel to measure the V for the heating coils PRECISELY at 6.200 V. This is a great improvement over the gross dial meter on the actual power supply.
Now we won't touch the knobs...
Rearranged, measured current from same supply: .727 A
Now for V on electrodes: 200.0 V
Current to coils: 1.199 A
OK, so Gold's manual is WRONG and the electrode voltage needs to be ~ 300 V like in the lab notes for this class...
NEW SET UP
Heater V and A same.
Electrode V = 299.9 V
Coil current = 1.196 A
Lo and behold, a nice circle of green in the He.
 Alexander T. J. Barron 01:42, 16 October 2008 (EDT): Unfortunately, I noticed we didn't record the majority of our apparatus in terms of model numbers, exact configuration, etc. Something must have grabbed our attention.
Data
Constant V Trials  Corresponding Pictures  
1) DSC_0006
2) DSC_007
3) DSC_008
4) DSC_009
5) DSC_010


Changing V and I Trials  Corresponding Pictures  
1) DSC_011
2) DSC_012
3) DSC_013
4) DSC_014
5) DSC_015
6) DSC_016
7) DSC_017
8) DSC_018
9) DSC_019
10) DSC_020


Qualitative Experiments
We performed this on the second period for this lab, with a different setup:
Same equipment, same config, with:
371.0 V to electrodes,
6.202 V to heater,
1.176 A to coils.
This produces a nice big, round e path to play with.
Upon turning the bulb, we observe the helical motion of the e path, with z direction according the z component of the initial velocity of the es (z being perpendicular to the Helmoltz coil plane). Initially, it seemed that one of the turns would create a split in the beam creating helices in both directions of z. Upon further inspection, the path seemed to follow the initial velocity z component and then bounce off the bulb to travel in the opposite direction.
We noticed that the radius of the electron path changed with change in the heater voltage. The B field and charge of electron don't change, so the the only thing that can cause a change in the Lorentz force is the initial velocity of ejected electrons. We didn't change the accelerating voltage, so the only seeming way the heater voltage could change the path radius would be significantly added velocity through ejection from the filament. The filament was glowing orange, and by Wein's Displacement Law,
with b = 2.897 768 5(51) x 10E–3 m K.
In this case, λ_{max} is around 590 nm. Wein's D. Law gives us T ≈ 4900 K.
I was going to compare the work function of Tungsten to the amount of energy given to the electrons through blackbody analysis, but I am not actually sure how to relate temperature of the filament to the energy of ejected electrons. I would hazard a guess that any extra kick given to the electrons would be insignificant in comparison to the accelerating potential of the gun.
I also thought heating up of He around filament might affect the speed of the electrons, but Dr. Koch didn't believe that would have much effect.
After reversing the supply poles on the Helmoltz terminals, we observe an opposite force on the es as opposed to the original setup. This is straightforward and expected the B vector flipped direction, so the cross product (qv x B) flipped direction.
On to the Deflection Plates. Zero current in coils, as prescribed. Electrodes back to original polarity. When the plates are turned on, the beam curves up almost vertically. Upon inspection of the plate set up, the top plate must be positively charged because the Coulomb force F_{C} = qE. q is negative in this case, so the es will approach the positively charged plate. Therefore, the top plate must be positively charged. We fooled with the accelerating potential, which powers the plates, and the degree of deflection doesn't seem to be altered much. The beam length does change appreciably, however, which makes sense from the accelerating potential's perspective. Since the plates are connected in parallel, change in voltage should change the degree of deflection of the beam. My explanation for not observing this phenomenon is that the change in E field between the plates is small compared to the change in v initial due to the same change in accelerating potential.
In order to test J. J. Thompson's mettle, we reversed the polarity on the plate jacks so the Lorentz force would counteract the plates' effect. It did, but not to a great degree. Larger parallel plates would have to be used, or a much higher potential, in order to full counteract the curving from the magnetic field.
Data Analysis
^{SJK 02:39, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}I used Adobe Photoshop's hue and saturation editors to make clarify the boundaries of the electron path, then the ellipse tool to overlay a circle approximating the outer edge of the path. I used guides snapped to the circle's edge, enabling me to draw a perfect square about each circle. Finding the diameter is then a cinch, using the ruler tool. I set all units to pixels, then measured 10 cm (from the center of one "5 cm" gradation to the other) according the the background ruler on the apparatus. I felt that was the largest width I could use without incurring too much optical distortion from the bulb, which one can see in the pictures near the bulb edge. With that conversion factor, I can find the radius in cm for each trial. This is why having a fine arts major roommate is a good thing!
The pictures I provide below are scaled down to decrease browser loading time. I took the pixel widths off much higher resolution pictures. Photoshop measures to hundredths of pixels, so my measurement error will be ± .01 px, for both the conversion value and the diameter value. I use both measurements in finding the radius, so their respective uncertainties both come into play. If I think about each uncertainty as a collection of small pieces of uncertainty (any one of which could be the true value of the measurement), their combination would would simply be the multiplication of both collections. Thus, my final uncertainty on R_{i} will be the two uncertainties multiplied.^{SJK 02:35, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}On second thought, that will decrease my overall uncertainty... but the idea sounded good. I believe the worst measurement would have the added maximum uncertainty of both measurements, so I'll use that.
I investigated the standard deviation route to finding error, but I don't believe that makes sense in this situation. If I had taken several measurements of R_{i} with Photoshop, then I could find random error on R for each iteration of i. Instead, I took one measurement roughly outlining the outer edge of the electron path for each iteration. Investigating the random error vs. the measurement uncertainty could be a good route to take for a final lab report. I'm not sure how one would include both random error and measurement uncertainty, though...
R_{i} Values
^{SJK 02:33, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}Constant V Trials  Measured Pictures  Measured Radius (R_{i})  
1) ConstV01meas.tif:


R_{1} = 4.1796 ± 2.2684e04 cm  
2) ConstV02meas.tif:


R_{2} = 4.2591 ± 2.2868e04 cm  
3) ConstV03meas.tif:


R_{3} = 4.1848 ± 2.2868e04 cm  
4) ConstV04meas.tif:


R_{4} = 4.1904 ± 2.2712e04 cm  
5) ConstV05meas.tif:


R_{5} = 4.0871 ± 2.2868e04 cm 
Changing V and I Trials  Measured Pictures  Measured Radius (R_{i})  
1) VIchange01meas.tif


R_{1} = 5.0195 ± 2.2868e04 cm  
2) VIchange02meas.tif


R_{2} = 5.2482 ± 2.2868e04 cm  
3) VIchange03meas.tif


R_{3} = 4.9509 ± 2.2868e04 cm  
4) VIchange04meas.tif


R_{4} = 5.0022 ± 2.2867e04 cm  
5) VIchange05meas.tif


R_{5} = 5.2192 ± 2.2841e04 cm  
6) VIchange06meas.tif


R_{6} = 5.0765 ± 2.2867e04  
7) VIchange07meas.tif


R_{7} = 4.7340 ± 2.2842e04 cm  
8) VIchange08meas.tif


R_{8} = 4.5400 ± 2.2843e04 cm  
9) VIchange09meas.tif


R_{9} = 4.4654 ± 2.2841e04 cm  
10) VIchange10meas.tif


R_{10} = 4.4531 ± 2.2895e04 cm 
ChargetoMass Ratio
Pure Data Method
Dr. Gold's Lab Manual gives us
where I is the current through the Helmoltz coils.
The Lorentz Force is: in this case.
Incidentally, the electron gun is inside the field, so is present in its full form inside the gun. The manual doesn't address this, and I don't know the actual construction of the gun, so I can't posit much effect. I would assume the gun is constructed to take into account the strengthening magnetic force as the electron accelerates to its final speed.
In theory, an electron moving through a field will travel in a circle due to , since the acceleration
provides the centripetal force in this situation, so
Newton, or Isaac as I know him, declares
where V is the accelerating voltage in the electron gun, and R = R_{i}.
Data Method Implementation
Error calculated as standard deviation of e/m ratio computed without taking error of V, I, or R measurements into account. Hopefully I'll be able to implement error propagation in future labs.
e/m Ratio Constant Voltage  e/m Ratio Changing Voltage, Current 
= 4.6573e11 ± 4.9646e10 
= 4.3653e11 ± 5.9377e10 
Slope Method
I can also get the ratio by analyzing the slope of the graph of R_{i} vs. for constant electrongun voltage.
The method to find is as follows:
^{SJK 02:31, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}
Thank you to Paul for laying out a lot of this slopemethod LATeX.
Slope Method Implementation
^{SJK 02:29, 23 October 2008 (EDT)}I didn't bother with my uncertainty, due to its insignificance compared to the difference in R values. With MATLAB's basic plot fitting GUI:
I first tried a leastsquares linear fit with all of my data, but the rightmost data point seems to skew the fit more than is reasonable. See the residuals plot above. Because of this, I threw that "bad" point out (I can do that  it's my data hahaah) and fit again:
If one compares the residuals plots, I think the second fit is more reasonable.
e/m Ratio Constant Voltage, Slope Method 
= 1.2014e10 
Comparison with Accepted Value
The accepted value of e/m is
^{SJK 11:27, 20 October 2008 (EDT)}e/m Ratio Constant Voltage  e/m Ratio Changing Voltage, Current  e/m Ratio Constant Voltage, Slope Method 
= 4.6573e11 ± 4.9646e10 
= 4.3653e11 ± 5.9377e10 
= 1.2014e10 



 Alexander T. J. Barron 21:20, 20 October 2008 (EDT): OK I fixed that middle value, and checked the calculations for abs(acceptedexperimental)/accepted*10^2. These should be correct.
Near 100% error is never good, but it isn't as bad as some chemistry errors I've accumulated over the years, so I'm not WHOLLY displeased. My errors correlate with others' from this lab as well. I suspect that making the entire path interact with He in order to fluoresce is a large source of error in this experiment. Perhaps repeating the experiment in a vacuum with a fluorescing target at fixed position and angle from the electron gun would yield better results. In regards to this apparatus, I think optical analysis with software tools has potential. One might be able to better analyze the path of electrons by isolating different saturations of color in the photo of the path, assuming more light comes from more heavily traveled electron routes through the He over time.