Plagioclase studies by ionoluminescence (IL) and particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) employing a nuclear microprobe

N.P.-O. Homman, C. Yang, K.G. Malmqvist, K. Hanghøj

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftArtikelForskningpeer review


When an ion beam in the energy range of a few MeV/amu impacts on a mineral, visible light can often be observed. This light, termed ionoluminescence (IL),
has been shown to be a very useful tool for investigating geological specimens when it is combined in a nuclear microprobe with a well-established, quantitative, trace element method such as Particle Induced X-ray Emission
(PIXE). When plagioclases from the Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland, were irradiated with protons, bluish luminescence was observed. Spectroscopic IL stud
ies were undertaken with 1.5 and 2.5 MeV protons with power densities ranging from about 6 to 160 W/cm 2• In the IL spectra of the plagioclase specimens, four emission bands were observed, peaking at about 4200, 4600, 5500, and 7500 A, respectively. The relative intensities of the emission bandc; in the short wavelength region were rather constant for all samples, except for the long
wavelength band, activated by Fe3+ and peaking at 7500 A, which varied considerably. Variation in the oxidation states of the samples was investigated by measuring the Fe3+ intensity from IL normalized to the total iron
concentration as obtained by PIXE. The relationship between the Fe3+-activated peak area normalized to the total iron content and the expected relative oxidation state was found to be relevant.
Sider (fra-til)157-165
Antal sider9
TidsskriftScanning Microscopy Supplement
StatusUdgivet - 1995
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Programområde 4: Mineralske råstoffer


Dyk ned i forskningsemnerne om 'Plagioclase studies by ionoluminescence (IL) and particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) employing a nuclear microprobe'. Sammen danner de et unikt fingeraftryk.