Definition of thermoluminescence in English:

thermoluminescence

noun

  • The property of some materials which 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.

    • ‘The thermoluminescence does not manifest itself until a temperature of 932°F is reached.’
    • ‘Perhaps one of the best-known techniques is thermoluminescence, which is used on ceramic works.’
    • ‘Many minerals heated at hundreds of degrees emit luminescence, so that thermoluminescence has been used initially in geology, archeological dating and radiation dosimetry.’
    • ‘Scientists testing old occupation sites by thermoluminescence have suggested an Aboriginal presence of up to 60000 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But with the advent of more sophisticated techniques, firstly with thermoluminescence and now with optically stimulated luminescence, our ability to define the limits of that chronology is much sharper.’

Pronunciation

thermoluminescence

/ˌθərmoʊˌluməˈnɛsəns//ˌTHərmōˌlo͞oməˈnesəns/