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chris street

Triboluminescens

@fihart The glow referred to on envelope gum isn't strictly static charge, it's a related phenomena called triboluminescence caused by charge separation and redistribution in crystals as they are pulled apart at molecular level. It can do interesting things - if you get tape and pull it apart (Scotch tape is good) you get a glowing line at the separation point. Do it in a vacuum and you get X-ray generation for reasons that are not fully understood...

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