lifetime in atmospheric chemistry
The time required for the luminescence intensity to decay from some initial value to 1 e of that value (e = 2.718 ...). Lifetimes can be measured by phase fluorimetry (phosphorimetry) where the phase shift between the sinusoidally modulated exciting light and the emitted light is measured.
PAC, 1984, 56, 231 (Nomenclature, symbols, units and their usage in spectrochemical analysis-Part VI: molecular luminescence spectroscopy) on page 242