Scanning Microscopy


The intensity of thermoluminescence emission is a function of both temperature and photon energy (or wavelength) and therefore lends itself to a three-dimensional (3-D) display, either in the form of an isometric plot or a contour diagram. The technique of 3-D thermoluminescence spectrometry is briefly reviewed and the advantages and applications are illustrated by reference to the spectral properties of samples of Australian sedimentary quartz drawn from the context of thermoluminescence dating. In this context, the temperature of emission, the photon energy and the ease with which the emission is bleachable by sunlight are of significance. It is suggested that, in one of the samples, the energy of the photon emitted from one of the luminescence centres depends on the temperature of emission.

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