Julio (16/05/14 06:49)
Hey, Ben Ames here!Eli, you are awesome for clnfaryiig this point. My original animation was over 10 minutes long. Instead of the reacting atoms in the ring, I originally had the hydrocarbon and oxygen molecules playing a game of leapfrog, showing the transition reactions, including various free radicals. I attempted to explain that those transition products had too much energy and got rid of it by spitting out blue light---a more detailed and accurate explanation of chemiluminescence. To cut on time and simply even more (a painful thing for me to do) I just covered that whole process in a fight cloud and explained it as atoms shining light as they rearrange.The most misleading element is when I say, "when certain atoms get hit hard enough, they spit out blue light." I was careful not to say what was hitting them hard, like photons, in the case of photoluminescence. The general idea that I wanted to get across was that when things get "hit hard" with energy, molecules can break apart and sometimes emit light. The animation generally associated with photon absorption and stimulated emission only adds to the confusion. Ah well, my explanation exists more refined in some distant parallel universe.Thanks for the analysis. It is always good to get the community talking about science!