One of the most astonishing properties of minerals is luminescence, usually observed under ultraviolet light excitation in the laboratory or field as a bit of a curiosity, but increasingly a subject of detailed study utilizing electron beam and laser instrumentation that reveals highly specific electronic structure information and mineral histories.

Volume 18, Chapter 14 of Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry (RiMG) presented an overview of mineral luminescence, including an introduction to some of the relevant processes and mechanisms, and a brief catalog of observations for some commonly luminescent minerals (Waychunas 1988). Later, Volume 48 Chapter 19 of RiMG...

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