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[ih-lek-troh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns/
luminescence produced by the activation of a dielectric phosphor by an alternating current.
1900-05; electro- + luminescence
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electroluminescent, adjective Unabridged
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  • But quantum dots can also be made to glow using direct electrical stimulation-a phenomenon called electroluminescence.
  • JV response and their electroluminescence images recorded.
  • Transient electroluminescence spikes in small molecular organic light-emitting diodes.
British Dictionary definitions for electroluminescence


  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 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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