About the CSIRO Spectroscopy Database

Luminescence database

The CSIRO Luminescence Database is a free on-line reference tool for researchers in the fields of cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence, ionoluminescence, and related spectroscopy techniques. The database contains ~ 4000 entries of known luminescence emission lines, as well as ~ 300 luminescence spectra, all from a range of materials,including minerals and synthetic compounds.

The Luminescence Database is compiled from published literature on luminescence spectroscopy and both published and unpublished spectra, and all searches of the database return the relevant publication reference. If you would like to submit your publications and/or spectroscopy data to the database, please follow the instructions provided under the Adding to the database heading.

Significant contributors

The following researchers have most graciously provided luminescence spectra and images for inclusion within the Luminescence Database, and their contribution is most gratefully acknowledged:

A further 100+ spectra have been added to the database from measurements made by Colin MacRae, Nick Wilson and Aaron Torpy from the CSIRO Mineral Resources Microbeam Laboratory in Clayton, Australia.

Example photographs of mineral specimens and synthetic compounds displayed on this website were published in the public domain or under a Creative Commons license, and were sourced principally from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Wikimedia Commons . Each image is displayed with the attribution statement from the original source of the image to give full credit to the authors of each work, along with a hyperlink to the source.

SXES Database

The CSIRO Soft X-ray Emission Spectroscopy Database, like the Luminescence Database, is a free on-line reference that allows researchers to inspect and compare > 140 high-resolution SXES spectra from > 70 elements measured from > 100 materials (both minerals and synthetic compounds.)

The spectra in the SXES database were collected by Colin MacRae, Nick Wilson, and Aaron Torpy, from the Microbeam Laboratory of CSIRO Mineral Resources, in Clayton, Australia.

Reflectance Database

The CSIRO Reflectance Database, like the Luminescence Database, is a free on-line reference that allows researchers to inspect and compare high-resolution optical reflectance spectra from minerals and combinations of minerals.

The Australian and international geoscience community is using reflectance spectral signatures of reference mineral samples to efficiently and objectively identify and characterise mineral groups and species by means of proximal and remote spectral sensing technologies. Applications range from regional mineral exploration using spaceborne technologies to identifying deleterious minerals encountered in ore processing plants and soil classification for land use management. Publicly available spectral reference libraries (SRL) of rock forming minerals in reflectance mode are crucial for the processing of the voluminous hyperspectral data sets.

The CSIRO-led National Virtual Core Library project (NVCL), an NCRIS-funded AuScope infrastructure program supporting Australian researchers, has collected reflectance spectral signatures from a wide range of validated reference mineral samples. The aim of this work is to support the geoscience community with high quality and validated library spectra that are required for rapid whilst objective mineral characterisation. Some of the here available reference library spectra are built into CSIRO's The Spectral Geologist Software and presented in the following publications:

How to search the database

Please refer to the help page for instructions on using the database. If you require assistance, please contact us via spectroscopy@csiro.au.

Adding to the database

If you wish to submit updates to the Luminescence Database, please e-mail spectroscopy@csiro.au and include the following information:

About Us

The Spectroscopy Databases are brought to you by the Microbeam Laboratory of CSIRO Mineral Resources, located in Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Our main research activities include:

The Luminescence Database was compiled by Colin MacRae, Nick Wilson, Aaron Torpy (all from CSIRO Mineral Resources), and Jackson Smith (Applied Physics, RMIT University).

This website (and its predecessors) was developed by Steve McMahon and Julia Anticev (CSIRO IM&T), Aaron Torpy (CSIRO Mineral Resources), and Maria-Jose Montoya (Applied Physics, RMIT University).