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Stone-Cold Low Temperature Cathodoluminescence Spectrometry of Quartz (SiO2)



Edward P. Vicenzi, Scott A. Wight


Cathodoluminescence (CL) studies of quartz have been useful in Earth sciences for understanding geological cycling, quantitative trace element concentrations and thermal properties of crystallization, as well as serving as a petrographic aid to interpret mass transport properties. The spectral characteristics of quartz cement were recently determined to constrain the origin of silica in sandstones being evaluated for geological storage of atmospheric CO2. The authors used liquid nitrogen cooling to reduce electron beam damage while increasing CL intensity. In this study, hyperspectral CL data for detrital and cementitious quartz have been measured at temperatures as low as 6 K.
Proceedings Title
Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018
Suppl 1
Conference Dates
August 5-9, 2018
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD, US
Conference Title
Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018


Cathodoluminescence, low temperature, scanning electron microscope, quartz


Vicenzi, E. and Wight, S. (2018), Stone-Cold Low Temperature Cathodoluminescence Spectrometry of Quartz (SiO2), Microscopy and Microanalysis 2018, Baltimore, MD, US, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created August 1, 2018, Updated October 14, 2022