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How does this coin-and-strike-paper trick work (and is it safe)?

When I was a kid I remember a thing an adult showed me where you would take a piece of strike paper from a matchbox, rest it on a "copper" coin (I have no idea what these coins are made of), ...
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Fluorescence: what mechanism regulates the rate of discharge of energy?

The other day, I noticed a strip of fluorescent tape when the lights in the room were turned off. The energy was discharged as a continued, faint glow, rather than one burst or flash of light. How so? ...
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Why does zinc sulfide have to be doped with silver to phosphoresce?

$\ce{ZnS}$ is a boring white powder and it doesnt glow in the dark, but if its doped with silver it starts to show some phosphorescent properties.How does silver force zinc sulfide to do that?
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Data analysis in TCSPC for fluorescene decay (reconvolution with measured IRF)

I am trying to understand the data analysis of fluorescence decay counts measured by TCSPC technique, particularly with reconvolution with measured IRF. I am able to get the fitted counts (given by ...
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Common chemcials that produce phosphorescence

Are there any common lab chemicals or household stuff that produce phosphorescence? I am aware of ZnS, CaS, Fluorescein, Erythrosin B, Vanillin Benzaldehyde, Vitamin B2, Tryptophan etc. I just need ...
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When an electron is excited to a singlet state, must it flip its spin state to enter the triplet state and flip once more to the ground state?

I understand the Jablonski diagram in that it has intersystem crossing from the singlet state to the triplet state, but how many spin switches are necessary to complete to phosphores? When an electron ...
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Why does zinc sulfide glow when hit by electrons? [duplicate]

In cathode ray tube experiment in order to check the direction of flow of electrons a hole was made in a note and behind it phosphorescent material zinc sulfide it was coated. Why does zinc sulfide ...
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Why are most glow-in-the-dark things green?

I've noticed that many glow-in-the-dark objects you can purchase in the store are green. Occasionally I would come across something that was orange or blue, but mostly it seems that green is the ...
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Why do glow-in-the-dark substances dim gradually?

Related: How do things glow in the dark? Growing up, I had glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling and after being "charged" by having my lights on, they would phosphoresce for quite some time. However,...
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Why is a spin change favourable in intersystem crossing?

All phosphorescent molecules go through the following transitions: $$\text{excited singlet state}$$ $$\Bigg\downarrow$$ $$\text{[intersystem crossing]}$$ $$\Bigg\downarrow$$ $$\text{ excited triplet ...
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Is it right to say that fluorescent lamps are actually fluorescent?

Fluorescence occurs rapidly ($\approx 10^{-6}$ to $10^{-9}$ s) but phosphorescence is slow, and is therefore observable ($> 10^{-4}$ s). So, is it right to say that fluorescent lamps actually ...
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