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A type of luminescence in which a material continues to emit light for a period after the removal of the exciting energy. Phosphorescence occurs naturally in fireflies. It also occurs in some inorganic solid materials called phosphors.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Phosphoreszenz (Deut.); phosphorescence (Fr.); fosforescenza (It.); fosforescentie (Ned.); fosforescencja (Pol.); fosforescência (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989

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