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Piezoluminescence (Wiki)

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Piezoluminescence is a form of luminescence created by pressure upon certain solids. This phenomenon is characterized by recombination processes involving electrons, holes and impurity ion centres.[1] Some piezoelectric crystals give off a certain amount of piezoluminescence when under pressure, as in handheld cigarette lighters when the button is pressed.[2] NaCl, KCl, KBr and polycrystalline chips of LiF (TLD-100) have been found to exhibit piezoluminescent properties.[3] It has also been discovered that ferroelectric polymers exhibit piezoluminescence upon the application of stress.[4]

In the lore of illicit psychadellic substance production, DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and LSD have been reported to exhibit piezoluminescent qualities. As specifically noted in the book Acid Dreams, it is stated that Augustus Owsley Stansley III, one of the most prolific producers of LSD in the 1960s, observed piezoluminescence in the compound's purest form[5] This piezoluminescence could be related to the general luminescent qualities of both l-tryptophan and l-tyrosine[6] which are precursors to most mind-altering substances,[7][8] Though there are numerous anecdotal reports on the piezoluminescent properties of psychedelics, valid reported documentation is lacking. This is likely due to both the illegal nature of the compounds—and thus under-researched status, and also from the predictable bias that would occur when observing and ingesting the compound at the same time.

References

  1. ^ Piezoluminescence phenomenon N. A. Atari Physics Letters A Volume 90, Issues 1-2, 21 June 1982, Pages 93-96.
  2. ^ The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies
  3. ^ On Piezoluminescence in Irradiated Alkali Halides, A. Al-Hashimi, A.M. Eid, K.V. Ettinger and J.R. Mallard, Radiat Prot Dosimetry (1983) 6 (1-4): 203-205.
  4. ^ Reynolds, George (1997). "Piezoluminescence from a ferroelectric polymer and quartz". Journal of Luminescence (Princeton) 75 (4): 295–299
  5. ^ Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond, by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain, pg 174
  6. ^ STEEN, H. B. (1967), ON THE LUMINESCENCE OF L-TRYPTOPHANE AND l-TYROSINE IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION AT 77dK INDUCED BY X-RAYS AND U.V.-LIGHT
  7. ^ Handbook of the Behavioral Neurobiology of Serotonin, Volume 18 By Christian Peter Müller, Barry Jacobs
  8. ^ Photochemistry and Photobiology, 6: 805–816. doi:10.1111/j.1751-1097.1967.tb08894.x
  • Piezoluminescence phenomenon N. A. Atari Physics Letters A Volume 90, Issues 1-2, 21 June 1982, Pages 93–96

 

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