AskDefine | Define luminescence

Dictionary Definition



1 light not due to incandescence; occurs at low temperatures
2 light from nonthermal sources [syn: glow]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. In the context of "physics": Any emission of light that cannot be attributed merely to the temperature of the emitting body.

Related terms


Extensive Definition

Luminescence is also the title of an album by singer Anggun.
Luminescence is light not generated by high temperatures alone. It is different from incandescence, in that it usually occurs at low temperatures and is thus a form of cold body radiation. It can be caused by, for example, chemical reactions, electrical energy, subatomic motions, or stress on a crystal. The following kinds of luminescence are known:
Historically, radioactivity was first thought of as a form of "radioluminescence", although it is today considered to be separate since it involves more than electromagnetic radiation.
The process of coating dials, hands, scales and signs on, particularly, aviation and navigational instruments and markings with luminescent materials is known as luminising.

External links

luminescence in Bosnian: Luminiscencija
luminescence in Catalan: Luminescència
luminescence in Czech: Luminiscence
luminescence in Danish: Luminescens
luminescence in German: Lumineszenz
luminescence in Estonian: Luminestsents
luminescence in Modern Greek (1453-): Φωταύγεια
luminescence in Spanish: Luminiscencia
luminescence in Persian: لومینسانس
luminescence in French: Luminescence
luminescence in Korean: 발광
luminescence in Croatian: Luminiscencija
luminescence in Italian: Luminescenza
luminescence in Hebrew: לומינסנציה
luminescence in Macedonian: Луминисценција
luminescence in Dutch: Luminescentie
luminescence in Japanese: ルミネセンス
luminescence in Norwegian: Luminescens
luminescence in Norwegian Nynorsk: Luminescens
luminescence in Polish: Luminescencja
luminescence in Portuguese: Luminescência
luminescence in Romanian: Luminescenţă
luminescence in Russian: Люминесценция
luminescence in Slovak: Luminiscencia
luminescence in Slovenian: Luminiscenca
luminescence in Finnish: Luminesenssi
luminescence in Swedish: Luminiscens
luminescence in Tamil: ஒளிப் பாயம்
luminescence in Turkish: Işıldama
luminescence in Ukrainian: Люмінесценція
luminescence in Chinese: 发光

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1