Initial evidence of a triboluminescent wavelength shift for ZnS:Mn caused by ballistic impacts
Ross S. Fontenot, a, , William A. Hollermana and Shawn M. Goedekea
a Department of Physics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44210, Lafayette, LA 70504, USA
Received 31 August 2010;
accepted 18 January 2011.
Available online 25 January 2011.
The triboluminescent properties of zinc sulfide doped with manganese (ZnS:Mn) were studied using ballistic impacts of specially prepared rounds manufactured in two different calibers. The triboluminescent emission spectrum was then rerecorded as the rounds impacted the target. Results show a ~ 1 nm shift in the emission spectrum with increased impact energy.