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An owl has good night vision because its eyes can detect a light intensity as small as 5.0*10^-13 W/m2. What is the minimum number of photons per second that an owl eye can detect if its pupil has a diameter of 7.0 mm and the light has a wavelength of 545 nm?

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    The energy in one second is what you are seeking.

    Energy/second= 5.0E-13W/m^2 * area

    Number photons= energy in a second/energy per photon.

    The energy per photon= planck's constant*frequency= planck'sconstant*c/wavelength

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