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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung B

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Volume 73, Issue 9


Photoluminescence of Baltic amber

Arnd Vogler
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  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, Universitätsstraße 31, 93053 Regensburg, Germany
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Published Online: 2018-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/znb-2018-0106


Baltic amber shows a greenish photoluminescence upon UV illumination. When amber is dissolved in organic solvents such as ethanol, an emission spectrum is observed, which resembles that of pyrene. At higher concentrations, pyrene undergoes an aggregation, which shifts the emission to longer wavelength. In solid amber, an analogous aggregation apparently takes place. Depending on the size of the solid amber particles, a bluish (λmax=450 nm) to greenish (λmax=480 nm) luminescence appears.

Keywords: amber; photoluminescence; pyrene


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Received: 2018-05-24

Accepted: 2018-07-04

Published Online: 2018-07-31

Published in Print: 2018-09-25

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung B, Volume 73, Issue 9, Pages 673–675, ISSN (Online) 1865-7117, ISSN (Print) 0932-0776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/znb-2018-0106.

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