Triboluminescence of Tape Adhesive

Triboluminescence of Tape Adhesive

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Credit: Ted Kinsman/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A medical bandage is pulled apart so that the adhesive can show the property of triboluminescence. Triboluminescence is an optical phenomenon in which light is generated when asymmetrical crystalline bonds in a material are broken when that material is scratched, crushed, or rubbed.

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Keywords: adhesive, bond, crystal, crystalline, fractoluminescence, light, material phenomenon, optical, optics, physics, pull, scientific demonstration, tape, triboluminescence

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