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Fracto-emission of light

  1. Dec 7, 2007 #1
    if you stick elastic tape to glass or to itself, walk into a dark room, let your eyes adjust, and then peal the tape off, you see faint blue light
    why does this happen?
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  3. Dec 9, 2007 #2

    Claude Bile

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    Perhaps the glue in the tape is slightly fluorescent?

  4. Dec 9, 2007 #3
    I read something about a potential, oxygen in the air being broken up, and an electron jumping the gap.. but I don't get why there would be a difference in electric potential or where the energy to ionize oxygen comes from (if this is even what they meant by "broken up"...)

    I tried to look up how adhesives work but apparently its a mystery, there are only models and theories (the bad kind of theories)
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2007
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