On the order of kinetics in the study of thermoluminescence

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The definition of first-order, second-order and other possible kinetics in thermoluminescence are discussed in relation to a recent paper by Hagekyriakou and Fleming (1982). The definitions offered for 'first-order kinetics' include 'classical' and 'pseudo'-first-order kinetics, all of which have the same properties and therefore are usually indistinguishable. Second-order kinetics are defined in a quite restrictive manner which leaves many intermediate cases which are neither of first nor of second order. The properties of the different kinetics in thermoluminescence peaks are compared as well as the kinetic order tests. The conclusions given by Hagekyriakou and Fleming are examined critically, and somewhat different conclusions are reached.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002
Pages (from-to)L107-L112
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1983


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