Gas pressure dependence of photon emission accompanying fracture of polycrystalline MgO in nitrogen

Tadashi Shiota, Yasuo Toyoshima, Kouichi Yasuda, Yohtaro Matsuo

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The photon emission accompanying fracture of a polycrystalline MgO was investigated at room temperature under N2 gas pressures from 10 -4 to 105 Pa. At fracture, the ultraviolet, visible and infrared photon emissions instantaneously increased, and then rapidly decreased in most of the experimental conditions. However, in a N2 gas pressure of around 100 Pa, their peak counts lasted for about 10 milliseconds, and the amount of the UV photon emission was fifteen times larger than those obtained in the other N2 gas pressures. This abrupt increment in the emission was explained by the luminescence due to N2 gas discharge according to the classical Townsend's theory. In conclusion, the photon emission accompanying fracture of a polycrystalline MgO mainly originated from the excited defects as reported by the authors previously, but the N2 gas discharge had a supplementary effect on the emission around a specific N 2 gas pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - Jul 24 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Energy distribution
  • Fracture
  • Gas discharge
  • Photon emission
  • Polycrystalline MgO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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