EM Radiation

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Offline OldMan

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EM Radiation
« on: 19/08/2004 04:15:38 »
Taken from another topic in a post by qpan: "If you whack a piece of quartz, you can generate EM radiation in the form of light as well as an electric current."

how does this work and how did whoever find it out?

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Re: EM Radiation
« Reply #1 on: 19/08/2004 09:18:52 »
The phenomenomis called Triboluminescence and occurs in a variety of crystals. Quartz was the most obvious as its all around us and its effects can be detected during earthquakes.

see:
http://rockhoundingar.com/quartz/experiments.html

The energy given off is caused by changes to the crystal structure.

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Re: EM Radiation
« Reply #2 on: 23/08/2004 04:15:15 »
Thank qpan, thats quite cool.

Tim
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