Database of luminescent Minerals


Chemical Formula: Na3(Ce,La,Ca,Na,Sr)3(CO3)5

Familly: Carbonates

Status: IMA-A

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Mineral for Display: No


UV Type Main color Intensity Observation Frequency
Long Waves (365nm):      Red Weak
Short Waves (254 nm):      Red Weak

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

No Data

Ténébrescence: OUI


Specimen not analyzed. should be strictly speaking labeled burbankite group (in the sense of Horvath – Lapis, Rivista 2000). Other possibilities for not analysed remondite(Ce) from MSH are petersenite-(Ce) and calcioburbankite. (Burbankite proper is not found in pegmatites.) ( Modris Baum on mindat)


Prismatic crystals of Remondite-(Ce) are slightly greenish and are apatite-like under lamp lighting. At day light they are slightly pinkish. This is typical scheme of dichroism for minerals, containing Ce3+ ion in absence of other chromophores. (Pavel Kartashov on mindat)

The remondite-(Ce) has strong REE absorption lines in the red/orange which helps distinguish it from elpidite found in the same environment. The lines are actually due to Nd – an indirect indicator for Ce.

Sometimes, well-formed xls are similar to (calcio)burbankite in form. ( Modris Baum on mindat)

Main Activator(s) and spectrum:

Most Common Activator: Nd3+

No spectrum for the moment

Comments on activators and spectra:

Laser-induced photoluminescence was studied for burbankite group mineralshexagonal burbankite, calcioburbankite, khanneshite and monoclinic remondite-(Ce), remondite-(La), petersenite-(Ce), as well as for orthorhombic carbocemaite and strontianite from carbonatites and hydrothennalites of alkaline complexes from various regions of the world.

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