Plasma ball and effects luminous

In summary, the effects seen in a plasma ball are a result of both electrons and ions. The light emitted is from recombination of these particles, specifically when electrons knocked off molecules recombine. This process is also seen in other electric glow discharges, such as the 6 inch glass spheres mentioned. This is caused by a sequence of events, including ionization, electron acceleration, collisions between particles, and the subsequent emission of photons.
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Are the effects luminous we see in plasma ball come from electron or ions ? Or the two ?
 
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Plasma balls? Are those the 6 inch glass spheres with the plasma discharge things? Had one once and it burned out. The light you see is from recombination. Electrons knocked off molecules recombine emitting the light you see.
 
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Is it correct to say that part of the light this lamp produces comes from the sequence:

1) atom gets ionized
2) electron accelerates (its ion too, of course)
3) collision between accelerated electrons and atoms (or ions)
4) atom (or ion) gets excited with this collision
5) atom (or ion) relaxes emitting photon.

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1. What is a plasma ball?

A plasma ball is a glass sphere filled with a mixture of gases at low pressure. When a high voltage is applied to the sphere, it ionizes the gases, creating a plasma inside the sphere.

2. How does a plasma ball work?

A plasma ball works by using a high voltage power supply to create an electric field inside the glass sphere. The electric field ionizes the gases inside, causing them to become a plasma and emit colorful light.

3. What are the effects of a plasma ball?

The effects of a plasma ball include the emission of colorful streams of light, the ability to conduct electricity, and the creation of a buzzing or crackling sound. It can also be used to demonstrate principles of electricity and magnetism.

4. Is a plasma ball safe to touch?

Generally, a plasma ball is safe to touch. The electricity inside the sphere is low current and high voltage, so it may cause a slight shock or tingling sensation, but it is not enough to harm you. However, it is always important to exercise caution and avoid touching the sphere for extended periods of time.

5. Can a plasma ball be used as a light source?

While a plasma ball does emit light, it is not a practical light source. The light it produces is not very bright and is mostly for visual effect. It also consumes a significant amount of energy, making it inefficient as a light source.

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