Luminescence: General Concepts and Applications to the Study of Solids
Luminescence is the general term used to indicate emission of light by matter. Luminescence phenomena have always been known to man: lightning, the aurora borealis, light emission by bacteria in the sea or by decaying organic matter are common natural phenomena. However, it was a specific artificial effect observed by accident by a shoemaker named Vincenzo Casciarolo in 1603 that started the scientific inquiry into the problem of luminescence.
KeywordsSpontaneous Emission Vibrational State Stokes Shift Probability Rate Dipole Matrix Element
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