I'm doing a project for chem class about Xenon headlights
and wass wondering if anyone might know the balanced chemical equation
for when xenon gas is lit to produce the light in a headlight?
I could be wrong on this, but my understanding of the working of xenon
lights is that they're basically plasma emission lights, like neon lights.
An electric arc through a low pressure of xenon strips electrons from the
xenon atoms, and the electrons emit light when they recombine with the
nuclei. Xenon gives a nice white color because of its particular electronic
structure, just as neon gives orange, argon green, and krypton purple.
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