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
thermoluminescentplay \-sənt\ adjective
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Dr. Hublin and his colleagues used a method called thermoluminescence to calculate how much time had passed since the blades were burned.
This technique, known as thermoluminescence, told them that the tools were roughly 280,000 and 350,000 years old.
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Origin and Etymology of thermoluminescence
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1897See Words from the same year
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