Thermoluminescence: A Tool to Study Ecophysiology of Green Plants

  • Amarendra Narayan Mishra


Thermally induced light emission in physical chemical or biological systems is known as thermoluminescence or TL. This phenomena is the characteristic of a solid state or semi-conductor, in which thermally activated recombination of electrons with positive holes is generated by particle or electromagnetic radiation at room or low temperature prior to their heating in dark Luminescence occurs in materials absorbing light. Light energy absorbed by a system induces photochemical reactions and transduces light/photon energy to kinetic and/or chemical energy. Excess light energy that is not utilized by photochemical processes are emitted back or dissipated in various forms of luminescence viz. fluorescence, phosphorescence, delayed luminescence, chemiluminescence and thermoluminescence. The biophysical analysis of the charge recombination shows that the phenomenon in darkness is the reversal of the primary photochemical processes in PS II. In the present chapter, the practical use of TL for the study of the assessment of environmental impact on the changes in the primary photochemical processes of PSII is explained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amarendra Narayan Mishra
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Khallikote Cluster UniversityBerhampurIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Life ScienceCentral University of JharkhandRanchiIndia

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