Phosphorescent Decay Lab

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K-12 Outreach Kits and Labs


This high school or undergrad lab provides an introduction to measuring fluorescent and phosphorecent phenomena and practice with curve fitting to support models.


External Links

  • Experiments with Glow-in-the-Dark Toys: Kinetics of Doped ZnS Phosphorescence J. Chem. Educ., 1996, 73 (11), p 1048 doi:10.1021/ed073p1048
  • Turning on the Light: Lessons from Luminescence Patricia B. O'Hara, Wayne St. Peter, Carol Engelson

Journal of Chemical Education 2005 82 (1), 49 doi:10.1021/ed082p49

  • Lasers in the undergraduate curriculum: Part II. Coursework experiments and research projects Jack K. Steehler Journal of Chemical Education 1990 67 (3), A65 doi: 10.1021/ed067pA65
  • Using LEDs and Phosphorescent Materials To Teach High School Students Quantum Mechanics. A Guided-Inquiry Laboratory for Introductory High School Chemistry J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86 (3), p 340 doi: 10.1021/ed086p340
  • The Radiative Decay of Green and Red Photoluminescent Phosphors: An Undergraduate Kinetics Experiment for Materials Chemistry C. Degli Esposti and L. Bizzocchi J. Chem. Educ., 2008, 85 (6), p 839 June 1, 2008 (Article) doi: 10.1021/ed085p839

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