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electroluminescence

[ih-lek-troh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns/
noun
1.
luminescence produced by the activation of a dielectric phosphor by an alternating current.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; electro- + luminescence
Related forms
electroluminescent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for electro-luminescence

electroluminescence

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns/
noun
1.
(physics)
  1. the emission of light by a phosphor when activated by an alternating field or by a gas when activated by an electric discharge
  2. the light emitted by this process
Derived Forms
electroluminescent, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for electro-luminescence

electroluminescence

production of light by the flow of electrons, as within certain crystals. Electroluminescence is one of the few instances in which a direct conversion of electric energy into visible light takes place without the generation of heat, such as occurs in the incandescent lamp.

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