I want to know how much energy is needed to charge a gas. It doesn’t need to be specific figures just an estimate like a lot of Energy, little energy etc. By charging it I mean positive and negative sort of charge.
In my home growing up, there was some shag carpet which would exhibit some serious static electricity. We could take out a fluorescent light bulb, touch our fingers on the end, scoot around on the carpet in our socks, then touch the other end of the light bulb to something metal and the bulb would light up for a split second! So, it takes a little, not a lot. Nowhere close to a Coulomb. A coulomb of charge is A LOT of charge. A lightning bolt could be only 10C of charge so having 1/10 of that being stored up on my by rubbing my socks on carpet is ridiculous.
My early curiosity stayed with me and now am a physics teacher. While I can’t give you a numerical value, I can tell you with certainty that a gas will glow in an excited state with much, much less than a coulomb.