Database of luminescent Minerals


Chemical Formula: PbCO3

Familly: Carbonates

Status: IMA-GP

Crystal System: Orthorhombic

Mineral for Display: Yes

Associated names (luminescent varieties, discredited names, synonymes etc.):  chrome-cerussite


UV Type Main color Intensity Observation Frequency
Long Waves (365nm):      Yellowish White WeakOften
Mid waves (320 nm):      Yellow MediumOften
Short Waves (254 nm):      Yellow MediumOften
Other colors LW:                    
Bluish White , Pale Yellow , Yellow , Yellowish ,
Other colors MW:                    
Bluish White , Yellowish White , Pale Yellow , Yellowish ,
Other colors SW:          
Bluish White , Yellowish White ,

Daylight Picture

Cerusite, Mibladen, Maroc.
Col. G. Barmarin, Photo: G. Barmarin

Long Waves Picture (365nm)

Cerusite, Mibladen, Maroc. OL (365nm)
Col. G. Barmarin, Photo: G. Barmarin


Galerie de photos:


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Phosphorescence (in the common meaning of the term) seen by naked eye:

No Data


Variéty chrome cerussite: SW et LW: Yellowish-White, greenish yellow;

Activator: possibly Ag+ (Gorobets)or Pb2+ (Gaft), accessory Sm3+

Main Activator(s) and spectrum:

Most Common Activator: Pb2+

Other activators:            Sm3+ , Eu3+ , Dy3+ , Ag+ ,

Peaks in the spectrum (nm):

(?) : large band peaking at 515 nm,

Sm3+  : peaks at 564, 597, 649nm 

Dy3+ : 574, 577nm

Nd3+ : 876, 919nm

Eu3+ : 615, 621, 643, 657, 704nm

Col. G. Barmarin; Spectre: G. Barmarin

Comments on activators and spectra:

Lifetime: 218μs @475nm;


Excitation by CW laser with 532 and 780 nm revealed several luminescence bands and lines. IR lines under 780 nm excitation may be evidently ascribed to Nd3+ and other trivalent REE luminescence present under 532 nm excitation, while the bands origin needs further investigation. (Gaft)

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