Luminescence and electron spin resonance dating - Electron-stimulated luminescence - Wikipedia


As mentioned above, luminescence is characterized by electrons undergoing transitions from excited quantum states. The excitation of the luminescent electrons is not connected with appreciable agitations of the atoms that the electrons belong to. When hot materials become luminous and radiate light, a process called incandescence, the atoms of the material are in a high state of agitation. Of course, the atoms of every material are vibrating at room temperature already, but this vibration is just sufficient to produce temperature radiation in the far infrared region of the spectrum. With increasing temperature this radiation shifts into the visible region. On the other hand, at very high temperatures, such as are generated in shock tubes, the collisions of atoms can be so violent that electrons dissociate from the atoms and recombine with them, emitting light: in this case luminescence and incandescence become indistinguishable.


Luminescence and electron spin resonance dating

Luminescence and electron spin resonance dating