The Anomalous Optical Absorption Spectrum of Low Zircon

E. R. Vance
Department of Solid State Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T. 2600, Australia

Summary: Further lines of the anomalous optical absorption spectrum in low metamict zircon have been observed in the infra-red. Low-temperature polarization studies have enabled a clear distinction to be made between lines due to the anomalous spectrum and those due to the normal spectrum of U4+ in zircon. Magnetic circular dichroism measurements showed, for the anomalous spectrum, only contributions due to the mixing of the energy levels by the magnetic field; thus the A spectrum results from singlet → singlet transitions. The anomalous spectrum appears to derive from U4+ incorporated in polycrystalline zirconia.

Mineralogical Magazine; June 1974 v. 39; no. 306; p. 709-714; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1974.039.306.10
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