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Nanoscale. 2012 Aug 7;4(15):4301-26. doi: 10.1039/c2nr30764b. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

Luminescence nanothermometry.

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Fluorescence Imaging Group, Departamento de Física de Materiales C-04, Insitituto Nicolás Cabrera, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049, Spain.


The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed.

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