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Blue plastic? Answered

So i have a rather large bank of caps i have a thin plastic cover that i some times put over the electrodes and then short out (with cans they send rather hot balls of aluminum) well my question is after doing so the plastic glows blue for about a second were i shorted it out its not my eyes iv ruled that out its a glowing blue that stays for about a second (the plastic is clear)


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frollard

7 years ago

My guess is the intense discharge is putting out lots of ultraviolet energy - (like an arc welder does) -- that plastic is probably being energized, and as Burf says, is phosphorescent when you charge it up like that.

Think of the 'wintergreen lifesavers' flash - probably the same sort of thing going on here.

Lastly, it could be something cool like you're generating a higher energy pulse like radio or x-ray, doing the same as the ultraviolet.

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Burf

7 years ago

It wouldn't be too unlikely for there to be some type of phosphor that is a part of the plastic which fluoresces briefly after the electric spark.

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R.A.T.MBurf

Answer 7 years ago

There i got them there not great and that not a fully charged some of the fully charged will light up the hole thing

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R.A.T.MBurf

Answer 7 years ago

Idk its older plastic about 3 sheets of paper thick and it a vibrant glowing blue not for long tho ill try to snag a picture