Why Minerals Fluoresce

  • Manuel Robbins


Why is it that some minerals fluoresce and others do not, and that some fluorescent minerals phosphoresce? How does invisible ultraviolet produce this spectacular show of visible light in certain minerals?


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  1. Millson H.E. and Millson E.M., Jr. 1950. Observations on exceptional duration of mineral phosphorescence. J. Opt. Soc. Am. 40 (7):430–435.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Manuel Robbins

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