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X-ray spectroscopy in labs studying Fluorescence

  1. Apr 16, 2009 #1
    I did a bit of x-ray spectroscopy in labs studying Fluorescence of some different elements. I was just wondering whether or not flourescence occurs in all elements?
    I'm sure i've read people talking about 'flourescecnt materials' or something like that.

    I can't think of any reason why it couldn't occur in all atoms. All that has to happen is an electron gets ionized and then another electron moves down into its place.

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  3. Apr 16, 2009 #2


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    Re: Fluorescence

    Anything can fluoresce. What 'ordinary people' talk about when they say something is 'fluorescent' is usually one of two things:
    a) A material which fluoresces in the visual range under UV light.
    b) A phosphorescent material
  4. Apr 16, 2009 #3

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    Re: Fluorescence

    For x-ray fluorescence, any atom (heavy enough) will fluoresce.
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