Electrical phenomena

Electrical phenomena are commonplace and unusual events that can be observed and that illuminate the principles of the physics of electricity and are explained by them. Electrical phenomena are a somewhat arbitrary division of electromagnetic phenomena.

Some examples are

  • Biefeld–Brown effect Thought by the person who coined the name, Thomas Townsend Brown, to be an anti-gravity effect, it is generally attributed to electrohydrodynamics (EHD) or sometimes electro-fluid-dynamics, a counterpart to the well-known magneto-hydrodynamics.
  • Bioelectrogenesis The generation of electricity by living organisms.
  • Contact electrification The phenomenon of electrification by contact. When two objects were touched together, sometimes the objects became spontaneously charged (οne negative charge, one positive charge).
  • Direct Current (old: Galvanic Current) or "continuous current"; The continuous flow of electricity through a conductor such as a wire from high to low potential.
  • Electroluminescence The phenomenon wherein a material emits light in response to an electric current passed through it, or to a strong electric field.
  • Electrical conduction The movement of electrically charged particles through transmission medium.
  • Electric shock Physiological reaction of a biological organism to the passage of electric current through its body.
  • Ferroelectric effect The phenomenon whereby certain ionic crystals may exhibit a spontaneous dipole moment.
  • Inductance The phenomenon whereby the property of a circuit by which energy is stored in the form of an electromagnetic field.
  • Lightning powerful natural electrostatic discharge produced during a thunderstorm. Lightning's abrupt electric discharge is accompanied by the emission of light.
  • Photoconductivity The phenomenon in which a material becomes more conductive due to the absorption of electro-magnetic radiation such as visible light, ultraviolet light, or gamma radiation.
  • Photoelectric effect Emission of electrons from a surface (usually metallic) upon exposure to, and absorption of, electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light and ultraviolet radiation).
  • Piezoelectric effect Ability of certain crystals to generate a voltage in response to applied mechanical stress.
  • Plasma Plasma occur when gas is heated to very high temperatures and it disassociates into positive and negative charges.
  • Pyroelectric effect The potential created in certain materials when they are heated.
  • Redox (short for reduction-oxidation reaction) A chemical reaction in which the oxidation states of atoms are changed.
  • Static electricity Class of phenomena involving the imbalanced charge present on an object, typically referring to charge with voltages of sufficient magnitude to produce visible attraction (e.g., static cling), repulsion, and sparks.
  • Sparks Electrical breakdown of a medium that produces an ongoing plasma discharge, similar to the instant spark, resulting from a current flowing through normally nonconductive media such as air.
  • Telluric currents Extremely low frequency electric current that occurs naturally over large underground areas at or near the surface of the Earth.
  • Thermionic emission the emission of electrons from a heated electrode, usually the cathode, the principle underlying most vacuum tubes.
  • Thermoelectric effect the Seebeck effect, the Peltier effect, and the Thomson effect
  • Thunderstorm also electrical storm, form of weather characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere known as thunder.
  • Triboelectric effect Type of contact electrification in which objects become electrically charged after coming into contact and are then separated.
  • Whistlers[1] Very low frequency radio wave generated by lightning


  1. "Altair's site on Natural Radio Signals". Archived from the original on 2003-02-07. Retrieved 2003-01-23.
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