Luminescence techniques have been developed as standard analytical procedures for use in the geosciences. in particular, cathodoluminescence is widely applied in mineralogical and petrological studies, as well as in the characterization of synthetic technical materials.
The authors have worked extensively with cathodoluminescence techniques for more than two decades. The material presented in this atlas should help both beginners and experts in the field of luminescence to understand the physical background and principles of cathodoluminescence.
The nine chapters of this atlas illustrate cathodoluminescence properties of selected minerals, the internal cathodoluminescence textures in minerals and synthetic materials, and their interpretation for different applications in the geosciences.
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