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Physics. the least energy necessary to free an electron from a metal surface.
Thermodynamics. Helmholtz function.

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work function

noun

physics the minimum energy required to transfer an electron from a point within a solid to a point just outside its surfaceSymbol: φ, Φ
thermodynamics another name (not now used because of confusion with sense 1) for Helmholtz function
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