This is a list of sources of light, including both natural and artificial processes that emit light. This article focuses on sources that produce wavelengths from about 390 to 700 nanometers, called visible light.
- 1 Electric discharge
- 2 Incandescence
- 3 Luminescence
- 4 See also
- 5 External links
- Electrodeless lamp
- Excimer lamp
- Fluorescent lamp
- High-intensity discharge lamp
- Hollow-cathode lamp
- Induction lighting
- Neon and argon lamps
- Plasma lamp
- Xenon flash lamp
Incandescence is the emission of light from a hot body as a result of its temperature.
- Black-body radiation
- Carbon button lamp (Defunct)
- Earthquake light
- Halogen lamp
- Incandescent light bulb
- Nernst lamp (Defunct)
- Volcanic eruption
- Argand lamp (Defunct)
- Argon flash
- Carbide lamp
- Betty lamp (Defunct)
- Butter lamp
- Flash-lamp (Defunct)
- Gas lighting
- Gas mantle
- Kerosene lamps
- Koniaphostic light, see Limelight
- Limelights (Defunct)
- Oil lamps
- Tilley lamp
- Bunsen burner
- Fire whirl
- Muzzle flash
- Rubens' tube
Nuclear and high-energy particle
Celestial and atmospheric
- Astronomical objects
- Atmospheric entry
- Lightning (Plasma)
- Čerenkov radiation
Luminescence is emission of light by a substance not resulting from heat.
In gemology, aventurescence (sometimes called aventurization) is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gems.
Bioluminescence is light resulting from biochemical reaction by a living organism.
- Aequorea victoria
- Antarctic krill
- Cavitation bubbles
- Panellus stipticus
- Parchment worm
Cathodoluminescence is light resulting from a luminescent material being struck by the electrons.
Chemiluminescence is light resulting from a chemical reaction.
Cryoluminescence is the emission of light when an object is cooled.
Crystalloluminescence is light produced during crystallization.
Electrochemiluminescence is light resulting from electrochemical reaction.
Electroluminescence is light resulting of an electric current passed through a substance.
- Light-emitting diodes
- Organic light-emitting diodes
- Polymer light-emitting diodes
- Light-emitting electrochemical cell
- Electroluminescent wires
- Field-induced polymer electroluminescent
Mechanoluminescence is light resulting from a mechanical action on a solid.
Triboluminescence, a type of mechanoluminescence, is light generated when bonds in a material are broken when that material is scratched, crushed, or rubbed.
Fractoluminescence, a type of mechanoluminescence, is light generated when bonds in certain crystals are broken by fractures.
Piezoluminescence, a type of mechanoluminescence, is light produced by the action of pressure on certain solids.
Sonoluminescence, a type of mechanoluminescence, is light resulting from imploding bubbles in a liquid when excited by sound.
Photoluminescence is light resulting from absorption of photons.
Fluorescence, a type of photoluminescence, is the emission of light by a substance that has absorbed light or other electromagnetic radiation.
Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs.
Radioluminescence is light resulting from bombardment by ionizing radiation.
Thermoluminescence is light from the re-emission of absorbed energy when a substance is heated.
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- A CD spectrometer Color spectrographs of common light sources
- The Double Amici Prism Hand-Held Spectroscope in Practice – Dozens of raw visible spectra of a wide variety of light sources.