Burning an atom

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dear reader,
is it possible to make an atom glow without another atom near it[?]
 

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Yes, of course. If light or other electro-magnetic wave causes an electron to "drop" an energy level, then the atom will give off light.

I don't see how "another atom being near" has anything to do with an atom "glowing" (and I completely puzzled by your reference to "burning an atom"!).
 

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