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Putting the flash in fireworks

Putting the flash in fireworks

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Quick, violent chemical reactions put the bright colors in fireworks. A similar, more gentle reaction occurs in a fluorescent lamp.
Quick, violent chemical reactions put the bright colors in fireworks. A similar, more gentle reaction occurs in a fluorescent lamp.

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Published by: The State Newspaper on Jul 05, 2013
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Quick, violent chemical reactions put the bright colors in fireworks.

A similar, more gentle reaction occurs in a fluorescent lamp:

Putting the flash in fireworks
Fireworks 1 Fluorescent light
Make energy Shell Electric current makes gas explodes, in tube give off generates ultraviolet heat (UV) light

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Transfer energy Explosion UV light excites heats phosphors metals, on inside other walls of chemicals tube in firework

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Release energy Metal or chemical Phosphor gives off light gives off light Color depends on what element creates it
Greens

Color depends on phosphorus compound used Purple-tinted light for indoor gardening Cold, bluish light used in office “Full-spectrum” light that simulates daylight Warm, reddish “decorator” light

Barium
Golden white

Iron, magnesium, aluminum
Sodium Reds

Yellow-orange

Strontium
Purple

Potassium

© 2013 MCT Source: Argonne National Laboratory Division of Educational Programs

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