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Molecular Fluorescence

  1. Bernard Valeur

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap684

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Valeur, B. 2009. Molecular Fluorescence. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 477–531.

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  1. CNAM, Paris cedex 03, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


Fluorescence is extensively used as a tool of investigation in physical, chemical, material, biological, and medical sciences. The description of the characteristics of fluorescence emission is followed by a discussion on the effects of intermolecular photophysical processes. The last part of the chapter is devoted to the applications of fluorescence: estimation of local physical parameters, chemical sensing, tracers in biology, clinical diagnostics, fluorescence LIDAR (light detection and ranging), food science, forensics and counterfeit detection.


  • molecular fluorescence;
  • photophysics;
  • photochemistry;
  • fluorescent probes;
  • sensors