Mechanoluminescence: Light from sonication of crystal slurries

Nathan C. Eddingsaas, Kenneth S. Suslick

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Mechanoluminescence, also known as triboluminescence or fractoluminescence, is light emission induced as a result of mechanical action on a solid - for example, Francis Bacon noted as long ago as 1605 that lumps of sugar emitted light when scraped. Here we elicit mechanoluminescence by a new means, acoustic cavitation, and find intense luminescence and emission lines that are not generated by other mechanisms such as grinding, cleaving, rubbing, scratching, biting or thermal shock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
Issue number7116
StatePublished - Nov 10 2006

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