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Fluorescence and Phosphorescence

A uranium glass marble and a rhomb of calcite respectively fluoresce and phosphoresce on a small shortwave (UVC) ultraviolet light. The uranium glass marble exhibits a yellow-green fluorescence. This type of calcite exhibits blue phosphorescence when stimulated with shortwave UV light: it will continue to glow for a few seconds after the UV source is removed.


The marble is about 1.5cm in diameter. Both are transparent under normal light; the calcite is colourless while the marble has a slight yellowish tint.


50mm F/4.0 ISO200 30s

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Taken on February 21, 2012