triboluminescence


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triboluminescence

[¦trī·bō·ə‚lü·mə′nes·əns]
(atomic physics)
Luminescence produced by friction between two materials.
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Based in Los Angeles, Tribogenics is a provider of triboluminescence based X-ray technology for industrial, medical, and scientific industries.
3 The triboluminescence of wintergreen LifeSavers does not involve
Mother-of-three Jill, contacted Kimberly-Clark, which makes Huggies nappies, and was told the light was a rare, but harmless phenomenon called triboluminescence.
These mechanisms include, but are not limited to, such phenomena as sonoluminescence (the emission of light due to the implosion of small bubbles) and crystallo- and triboluminescence (the emission of light due to the crystallization and fracturing of crystals, respectively).
Japanese optics and imaging company Nikon Corp's Nikon Americas Inc subsidiary has made a strategic investment in US-based Tribogenics, the inventor of triboluminescence based X-ray technology, the US company said on Thursday.
Many materials exhibit this phenomenon, called triboluminescence.
A third mechanism, triboluminescence, could occur when mineral crystals crack from the cold or bang together in the turbulent erupting plume.
Triboluminescence Several mechanisms including the breaking of bonds (not well understood)
Aside from black-body radiation, they listed a number of other possible sources of illumination: crystalloluminescence, produced when chemicals crystallize; sonoluminescence, powered by the sound of bubbles collapsing; triboluminescence, created when rock crystals crack; and Cerenkov radiation and scintillation, both caused by the radioactive decay of elements in the vent water.
To physicists it's just one of the more prosaic examples of triboluminescence (SN: 6/6/87, p.
Intrigued by her observation, Sweeting explored the subject further and discovered that the phenomenon, known as triboluminescence, was not well understood although it had been studied for centuries.