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A Surface Electroluminescence Effect in Diamonds

Nature volume 180, pages 12541271 (07 December 1957) | Download Citation

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TEN diamonds, all of type I, have been found to luminesce with bright green spots of light when a potential difference is applied to them. The luminescence is often intense enough to be seen in daylight. This effect was first noticed while investigating some aspects of the counting properties of the diamonds, and only after the diamond had been coated with a thin layer of graphite and annealed in this condition.

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  1. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

    • H. J. LOGIE
    •  & R. R. URLAU

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