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Is Light exclusively an ionization process?

  1. May 26, 2015 #1
    The production of light is always accompanied by the emission of electrons. Example, when a candle flame emits light by the combustion of candle wax where the oxidation process of candle wax produces light which I believe can be considered an ionization effect or an oxidation process since oxidation could in fact be considered an ionization effect since the base structure is losing electrons or electron. Also, in the case of decelerating electrons that are initially electrons that ostensibly originate from an ionization effect. This is certainly not purely an ionization process but the electrons do originally originate from an ionization effect since electrons are formed by ionization and with this process of ionization light is transformed from the raw motion of an electron to light energy which is experimentally verified. Therefore, one could say that the formation of light is essentially part of an ionization process where electrons are emitted or one could say the affect of the electron that produces light which is assume as diametrically part of an ionization effect. What do you think, mutually inclusive or beleterallyterally exclusive phenomena?
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    "ionization" Always?

    If you go to a synchrotron light source, the "light" that is produced is either from the synchrotron radiation (electrons going around in circles in the storage ring), or electrons being jiggle up and down or sideways as they passed through a series of magnetic field.

    Where is the "ionization" there?

    I can also have a transmission antenna that has nothing more than a current going back and forth without leaving the antenna conductor. No ionization there, and yet, I get radio waves/microwaves.

    Where is the "ionization" there?

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    There's no ionization in the generation of laser light.
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    No, original post is not at all correct. Electrons are not necessary for light production. You could, for instance, annihilate a proton and antiproton.
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