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What would we percieve ions as in our eyes?

  1. Aug 29, 2015 #1
    I'm in high school and a physics novice. I have been wondering what would an object constructed of ions look like if we could see them? Is this a dumb question and there is a obvious answer I'm not thinking up for some reason?
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  3. Aug 29, 2015 #2


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    If the electrons are still around, it would be a plasma. If it is sufficiently dense, it looks bright.
    If the electrons are not around any more, you get a Coulomb explosion. If it is sufficiently dense, you see an explosion. Or nothing at all any more, if the explosion is strong enough...
  4. Aug 29, 2015 #3
    Ah thank you, friend.
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