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thermoluminescence Syllabification: ther·mo·lu·mi·nes·cence
Pronunciation: /ˌTHərmōˌlo͞oməˈnesəns/

Definition of thermoluminescence in English:


The property of some materials that have accumulated energy over a long period of becoming luminescent when pretreated and subjected to high temperatures, used as a means of dating ancient ceramics and other artifacts.
Example sentences
  • Many minerals heated at hundreds of degrees emit luminescence, so that thermoluminescence has been used initially in geology, archeological dating and radiation dosimetry.
  • The thermoluminescence does not manifest itself until a temperature of 932°F is reached.
  • To determine the time since the object was last fired, a sample of around 30 mg is removed and heated to 500°C, which releases the stored energy in the form of light - this is thermoluminescence.



Example sentences
  • I changed the wick and coated it with thermoluminescent salts which glow when they get hot.
  • A still further object of the present invention is to provide various uses for thermoluminescent material.
  • External radiation exposure rates were measured at locations on and off the Hanford Site using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs).

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