Investigating Mysterious Fluorescence

What do you do when you find mysterious fluorescent spots on a towel in a hotel bathroom? First you photograph it. Then you get curious and try to find out where it is coming from. Read about our investigation of fluorescence and the laundry.

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Does it Fluoresce – Dryer Lint

Exploring fluorescence – even the lint from your dryer can produce beautiful and fascinating fluorescence.

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Grasshopper fluorescence photobomb

Grasshopper photobombing a fluorescence shoot.

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Mineral fluorescence under blue light – charlesite + clinohedrite

Mineral fluorescence – charlesite and clinohedrite

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Mineral fluorescence under blue light – roeblingite

Mineral fluorescence – roeblingite

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Mineral fluorescence under blue light – hemimorphite

Mineral fluorescence – hemimorphite

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Does it Fluoresce? – Scientific/first-principles approach

Case study – using a scientific/first-principles approach to investigate fluorescence

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Does it Fluoresce? – Empirical approach

Case study – using an empirical approach to address a fluorescence inspection challenge

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Does it Fluoresce? – Empirical vs scientific/first principles

There are two types of approaches to answering the question of whether something fluoresces – empirical (try it and see) vs scientific (make careful measurements). Read to learn the difference.

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Mineral fluorescence under blue light – norbergite and corundum (ruby)

Mineral fluorescence – norbergite and corundum (ruby)

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