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This paper aims to provide an overview concerning the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating method and its applications for geomorphological. Thermoluminescence. dating. 7. 1 General 1n its simplest form, the equation for calculating the age of a specimen using thermoluminescence is as given in. Incorporating all valid text up to the 05 series of amendments — Date of entry into force: The analyser shall be either of the chemi-luminescent (CLA) or of the.
Thermoluminescence testing involves heating a sample until it releases a type of light. This light is then measured to determine the last time the item was heated.
When irradiated crystalline material is again heated or exposed to strong light, the trapped electrons are given sufficient energy to escape. In the process of recombining with a lattice ion, they lose energy and emit photons light quantadetectable in the laboratory.
The amount of light produced is proportional to the number of trapped electrons that have been freed which is in turn proportional to the radiation dose accumulated. In order to relate the signal the thermoluminescence—light produced when the material is heated to the radiation dose that caused it, it is necessary to calibrate the material with known doses of radiation since the density of traps is highly variable.
Thermoluminescence dating presupposes a "zeroing" event in the history of the material, either heating in the case of pottery or lava or exposure to sunlight in the case of sedimentsthat removes the pre-existing trapped electrons. Therefore, at that point the thermoluminescence signal is zero.
As time goes on, the ionizing radiation field around the material causes the trapped electrons to accumulate Figure 2. In the laboratory, the accumulated radiation dose can be measured, but this by itself is insufficient to determine the time since the zeroing event. The Radiation Dose Rate - the dose accumulated per year-must be determined first.
This is commonly done by measurement of the alpha radioactivity the uranium and thorium content and the potassium content K is a beta and gamma emitter of the sample material.
Often the gamma radiation field at the position of the sample material is measured, or it may be calculated from the alpha radioactivity and potassium content of the sample environment, and the cosmic ray dose is added in. Once all components of the radiation field are determined, the accumulated dose from the thermoluminescence measurements is divided by the dose accumulating each year, to obtain the years since the zeroing event.
Relation to radiocarbon dating[ edit ] Thermoluminescence dating is used for material where radiocarbon dating is not available, like sediments. Each measurement is followed by the administration of the test dose and measurement of the test signal Tx. The palaeodose value for this aliquot from sample LUM is These tests may vary from one laboratory to the other but basically correspond with: This shows that sensitivity changes were corrected using the test dose. A recycling ratio significantly different with 1 means that for a similar dose the two signals are not the same: If the normalised signal is theoretically equal to zero, a weak signal is often induced by the transfer of electrons during the preheat process.
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This detection is undertaken using infrared diodes. This test is important because feldspars are not only stimulated by infrared light, but also by the blue or green light used for quartz. Hence, the presence of feldspar contaminates the luminescence one wishes to record from quartz.
A similar test is not necessary when the analyses focus on feldspar grains, because the quartz grains which may be present in the aliquots are insensitive to infrared stimulation; iv a measurement of anomalous fading for feldspar. This test may be performed using a SAR protocol including variable delays between irradiation and measurement of the signal to estimate the fading to be estimated. Accurate ages are then obtained by inserting this fading in a correction model Huntley and Lamothe, ; Auclair et al.
Determination of the equivalent dose De using statistical models 14The SAR protocol creates as many equivalent doses as aliquots, with the exception of those which had to be discarded after the tests. In the case of aeolian sediments, all of the analysed grains are assumed to be well bleached, and all the Dehave a similar value, which can be used to calculate the age of the sediment.
However, partial or incomplete bleaching is common, especially if the transport history was short or the exposure to sunlight was insufficient, as can be the case for fluvial sediments. This partial bleaching can be homogeneous all the grains being incompletely bleached in the same proportion or heterogeneous differential bleaching.
In this latter case the Dedistribution shows a scattering fig. Some aliquots can present a very high palaeodose, which greatly overestimate the age of the last transport event. This explains why the mean is not appropriate in estimating the accurate equivalent dose. It is therefore necessary to use a statistical model.8. Luminescence in solids
Several models have recently been developed. It will also overestimate the equivalent dose in the presence of a partially bleached sediment.
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As for the sampling strategy the choice of the model depends upon the kind of sediments and presupposes a discussion between the field and luminescence specialists Bailey and Arnold, Comparison with independent age control may also be very useful, as shown by H. The relevance of these models increases with the number of aliquots. The number of 50 aliquots is sometimes considered as a minimal value to ensure a reliable equivalent dose determination Rodnight,but it is important to keep in mind that the number of aliquots to be measured depends on the sample and increases with the scattering.
Applications and place of OSL in geomorphological research in France 15The physical principles of the optical dating method, and its reliability for quartz and for feldspars from silty to sandy sediments, have resulted in optical dating being applied to a diverse range of sedimentary environments, as described in several journal papers see for example special issue of Boreas 1, The aim of this section is to review the applied representative studies dealing with OSL in France.
As in other countries, the first dating of sediments was based on thermoluminescence Wintle et al. The first OSL applications tab. Loess deposits were successfully dated especially in NW France. Several loess-palaeosol sequences Engelmann et al.
Most of the research focused on the last interglacial-glacial cycle Antoine et al.