We have carried out an investigation to test whether mini X-ray generators are a suitable alternative to radioactive sources in luminescence dating. The study has mainly been motivated by the need for high dose rates (similar to 1 Gy/s) to make dating of older samples using regeneration protocols more practical. Furthermore, X-ray generators are more suited for field work and work in countries where regulations restrict the use of radioactive sources. The system tested here (a 50 kV I mA Varian VF-50J tube with tungsten target and a matched Spellman high-voltage power supply) was found to provide: (i) excellent linearity between tube current (as set by the user on the control computer) and dose rate, (ii) a wide dynamic range: 2-30 mGy/s at 10 kV and 10-2000 mGy/s at 50 kV, (iii) short-term stability better than 0.2%, and (iv) a highly uniform irradiation of the sample area. Tests with a sample of thermally sensitized sedimentary quartz suggest that we can use beta and X-ray irradiation interchangeably from the point of view of construction of growth curves by the single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||10th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron-Spin Resonance Dating - Reno, United States|
Duration: 24 Jun 2002 → 28 Jun 2002
|Conference||10th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron-Spin Resonance Dating|
|Period||24/06/2002 → 28/06/2002|