ther·​mo·​lu·​mi·​nes·​cence | \ ˌthər-mō-ˌlü-mə-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce thermoluminescence (audio) \

Definition of thermoluminescence

1 : phosphorescence developed in a previously excited substance upon gentle heating
2 : the determination of the age of old material (such as pottery) by the amount of thermoluminescence it produces

called also thermoluminescence dating

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Other Words from thermoluminescence

thermoluminescent \ ˌthər-​mō-​ˌlü-​mə-​ˈne-​sᵊnt How to pronounce thermoluminescent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thermoluminescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chantal Tribolo of the University of Bordeaux Montaigne performed what is called thermoluminescence analysis to determine whether the silcrete tools from Pinnacle Point were intentionally heated. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012 The teeth were dated to around 250,000 years ago based on thermoluminescence testing on nearby burned flint, and the set of samples recorded about three years of life. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 Hublin and his colleagues used a method called thermoluminescence to calculate how much time had passed since the blades were burned. The New York Times, Orange County Register, "Oldest fossils of Homo sapiens found in Morocco, altering history of our species," 7 June 2017 Potts also noted that in east Africa, dating the argon in volcanic ash is preferred over thermoluminescence (but there is no ash in Morocco to measure). Ben Guarino, The Denver Post, "Oldest Homo sapiens fossils discovered in Morocco," 7 June 2017 Dr. Hublin and his colleagues used a method called thermoluminescence to calculate how much time had passed since the blades were burned. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species," 7 June 2017 This technique, known as thermoluminescence, told them that the tools were roughly 280,000 and 350,000 years old. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Scientists Have Found the Oldest Known Human Fossils," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of thermoluminescence

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thermoluminescence was in 1897

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“Thermoluminescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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