work-function

work function

noun
1.
Physics. the least energy necessary to free an electron from a metal surface.
2.
Thermodynamics, Helmholtz function.
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work function
 
n
1.  physics φ, Φ the minimum energy required to transfer an electron from a point within a solid to a point just outside its surface
2.  thermodynamics another name (not now used because of confusion with sense 1) for Helmholtz function

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