from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A phenomenon in which certain minerals release previously absorbed radiation upon being moderately heated.
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- n. The release of previously absorbed radiation upon being heated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Luminescence exhibited by a substance on being moderately heated. It is shown esp. by certain substances that have been exposed to the action of light or to X-rays.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Luminescence produced by heating a body which exhibits phosphorescence.
The debate focuses on the dating technique, known as thermoluminescence (TL), which uses quartz or feldspar, ubiquitous at archaeological sites, as its subject material.
In the meantime, only two things are certain: As unusual as our man is among burial figures, he is authentic according to thermoluminescence tests; and whatever he represented to eighth-century Chinese, to 21st-century scholars he is a riveting work of art.
There are still other techniques: potassium-argon dating, thermoluminescence dating, hydration dating, fission-track dating.
Small samples taken from inconspicuous parts of the object are heated to a sufficiently high temperature to produce a measurable blue light thermoluminescence.
That's where another state-of-the-art technique comes in: thermoluminescence TL dating.
His misgivings could be laid to rest by a thermoluminescence test — a standard scientific dating test — but the authorities had refused, he said.
It was, in the sense that it includes the information that thermoluminescence dating was also used, though I didn't realize it was useful for bronze.
This article by Lombardi appears to lead to the conclusion that thermoluminescence data would be of no value in dating the piece, and that carbon dating would be problematic at best.
The article's significant findings relative to age were summarized on page 602 as follows: "Radiocarbon dating yielded inconsistent data; the thermoluminescence date of 1515 ± 50 AD corresponds to the last heating to which the sculpture was subjected, during a 16th-century modification."
The actual replicated basic science systematic evidence from different, independent laboratories is that homeopathically prepared remedies beyond the Avogadro number differ from remedy-free solvent controls in their measurable properties, including calorimetry, thermoluminescence, and optical emission characteristics.