Ultra-Violet Chemi-Luminescence

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A RECENT report by R. Audubert1 on ultra-violet chemi-luminescence has provoked a good deal of discussion on the possible mechanism of the phenomenon. The phenomenon seems to be identical with the mitogenetic radiation2, a fact which was emphasized in the discussion following Audubert's paper (S. I. Wawilow, P. Pringsheim). In this connexion it may be of some interest to report briefly on our recent results, which have a bearing on some points raised in the discussion (Polanyi), and which suggest an interpretation of the radiation occurring in chemical reactions as a kind of sensitized fluorescence. A detailed report is in preparation.

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    Trans. Faraday Soc., January 1939.

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    Levy et Audubert, Protoplasma, 25, 23 (1936). Gurwitsch, A., ibid., 26, No. 3.

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    Frankenburger, Strahlentherapie, 47, 259 (1933).

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    Gurwitsch, A. and Gurwitsch, L., Enzymologia, 5, 17 (1938).

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    Gurwitsch, A. and Gurwitsch, L., "Analyse mitogénétique spectrale" (Actualités scientifiques, No. 150. Hermann and Co. Paris, 1934).

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GURWITSCH, A., GURWITSCH, L. Ultra-Violet Chemi-Luminescence. Nature 143, 1022–1023 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431022b0

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