quenching

[ kwĕnchĭng ]

n.

The process of extinguishing, removing, or diminishing a physical property such as heat or light.
The shifting of the energy spectrum from a true to a lower energy that occurs in liquid scintillation counting of beta emissions; caused by interfering materials in the counting solution, including foreign chemicals.

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