This is a well-presented volume concerning the luminescence of a wide variety of minerals and synthetic mineral analogues. Whereas many earlier volumes about luminescence in geomaterials have largely focused on cathodoluminescence excitation and petrographic methods (i.e. luminescence imaging), the present volume is predominantly about spectroscopy and draws particularly upon UV excitation methods (photoluminescence, PL). The book begins with a chapter dedicated to basic physical principles behind luminescence which many students of luminescence in the Earth Sciences will value. It includes a discussion of the benefits of time-resolved luminescence as against continuous excitation – an important and expanding field. A chapter...

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