Georges Destriau

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Georges Destriau (1 August 1903 - 20 January 1960) was a French physicist and early observer of electroluminescence.[1][2]

Georges Destriau
Born(1903-08-01)1 August 1903
Died(1960-01-20)20 January 1960
Alma materÉcole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures
Known forElectroluminescence
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, chemistry

Education and Research[edit]

In 1926 Destriau became an engineer at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris. Thereafter he worked in the X-ray device industry. From 1932 until 1941 Destriau worked at the centre national de la recherche scientifique. A brief stay at the University of Bordeaux was followed in 1943 by a move to Paris. In 1946 Destriau became Professor at the University Poitiers and in 1954 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Later, Destriau worked for Westinghouse Electric.[3]

Destriau worked in the field of magnetism and X-ray dosimetry of ionizing radiation. Most well-known is his research on electroluminescence, which he carried out in 1935 in the Paris laboratory of the Marie Curie, who died two years earlier. Destriau observed that zinc sulfide crystals would fluoresce when doped with traces of copper ions and suspended in castor oil between two Mica platelets and applying a strong alternating electric field.[4] Later he replaced the castor oil and the mica through a polymer binder.[5]

The effect of electroluminescence is therefore also referred to in some publications as the Destriau effect . Destriau was also the first to use the term 'electrophotoluminescence', according to some publications.[6][7] He himself called the light in his publications Losev-Light, after the Russian Radio Frequency Technician Oleg Losev who in 1927 worked with Silicon Carbide Crystals to induce a light effect (also electroluminescence).[8]


  1. ^ Luminescence of organic and inorganic materials: international conference. New York University, Wiley, 1962, S. 7.
  2. ^ H. Temerson: Biographies des principales personnalités françaises décédées au cours de l'année. Hachette, 1960, S. 75.
  3. ^ G. Destriau: Der Gedächtniseffekt bei der Verstärkung der Lumineszenz durch elektrische Felder. In: Zeitschrift für Physik A: Hadrons and Nuclei. 150, 1958, S. 447–455, doi:10.1007/BF01418633
  4. ^ G. Destriau: Recherches sur les scintillations des sulfures de zinc aux rayons. In: Journal de Chemie Physique. 33, 1936, S. 587–625.
  5. ^ I. Mackay: Thin film electroluminescence.[dead link] Master-Thesis, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1989.
  6. ^ C. H. Gooch: Injection electroluminescent devices. New York: Wiley, 1973, S. 2.
  7. ^ C. D. Munasinghe: Optimization of Rare Earth Doped Gallium Nitride Electroluminescent Devices for Flat Panel Display Applications. PhD-Thesis, University Of Cincinnati, 2005.
  8. ^ A. Ritter: Lichtemittierende Smart Materials. In: Smart Materials in Architektur, Innenarchitektur und Design. Band 3, 2007, S. 110–141, doi:10.1007/978-3-7643-8266-7_6 [1] at Google Books