Energy Req. To make Quartz Elec. Conductive

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ben sorenson

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I know Quartz contains Silicon and Silicon is a semiconductor. It's my understanding that Quarts in its Crystal form is more of an insulator than a conductor for obvious reasons... however if electricity can pretty much power through anything with high enough energies, out of pure curiosity what would the energy requirements be to make a 6mm Quartz Crystal Sphere to be electricity conductive?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/S6EdUnusR4Hujrus5
 

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MrSalts

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Silicon in its elemental form (slightly doped to use as a semiconductor) is an opaque material in visible wavelengths. Quarts is fully oxidized silicon (SiO2) witch makes it a dead stable insulator. Your analogy is similar to asking about the similarities between graphite (elemental carbon) and carbon dioxide (fully oxidized carbon).
 

nsaspook

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I know Quartz contains Silicon and Silicon is a semiconductor. It's my understanding that Quarts in its Crystal form is more of an insulator than a conductor for obvious reasons... however if electricity can pretty much power through anything with high enough energies, out of pure curiosity what would the energy requirements be to make a 6mm Quartz Crystal Sphere to be electricity conductive?
What do you mean by electricity?
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-electricity/all
Quartz is an insulator (and dielectric) to current electricity but not to all electrical energy passing through.

https://www.microwaves101.com/encyclopedias/quartz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dielectric_loss
 
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Wendy

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I suspect the TS is getting confused by the use of quartz in 'oscillators. Quartz does have a piezoelectric quality which means that if it is flexed just right it will generate a static electric charge. Just like in a lot of oven igniters if you hit it with a little hammer it creates a spark.
 

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ben sorenson

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I suspect the TS is getting confused by the use of quartz in 'oscillators. Quartz does have a piezoelectric quality which means that if it is flexed just right it will generate a static electric charge. Just like in a lot of oven igniters if you hit it with a little hammer it creates a spark.
This is a 6mm Ball of Quartz. There is a wire running down the center of it, looks like there is some type of charge on the outer perimeter. That's why I asked.
 

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ben sorenson

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I translated the video and put it in a zip file. Again with the amount of voltage you got a piezo electric crystal will be jumping like crazy.
Oh thank you! I'm not sure it's a pizo Crystal. I bought it advertised as just Natural Quartz Gemstone 6mm Sphere. I've been experimenting with different gems. Not sure of the voltage, anytime I try to check it my DMM just goes to OL. Here's another video of it spinning like crazy though. Trying to figure out what the energy is built up on both sides of the wire inside the gem and the energy that is at the base in what looks like a spinning circle motion

https://photos.app.goo.gl/VcmiJeP9mXsstq897
 

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ben sorenson

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Silicon in its elemental form (slightly doped to use as a semiconductor) is an opaque material in visible wavelengths. Quarts is fully oxidized silicon (SiO2) witch makes it a dead stable insulator. Your analogy is similar to asking about the similarities between graphite (elemental carbon) and carbon dioxide (fully oxidized carbon).
 

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